Any teenager growing up with a local video rental store near them during the 1980’s would of seen the shelves over filled with VHS cassette covers from the likes of Hong Kong promising non-stop action packed high adrenaline filled martial arts. Relentless Kung Fu fighting, crazy acrobatics and a barrel load of slap stick comedy. They never failed in bringing deep joy and wide opened, jaw hitting the floor shock as stunt men flew through the air smashing into all manner of bone crushing solid wall or concrete structure or propelled head first out of a bus window at full speed. These guys were incredible and we just couldn’t get enough of them. Continue reading “Eastern Condors (1987) Sammo Hung & The Hong Kong Dirty Dozen”
I knew about it, but seriously how did I manage to go through the 80’s without seeing this bonkers film. Class Of 1984 plays out like the classic Pink Floyd tune but in reverse!
Hey! Kids! Leave those Teachers alone!
Opening credits information – “Last year there were 280,000 incidents of violence by students against teachers and their classmates in American high schools. .. Unfortunately, this film is based on true events…. Fortunately, very few schools are like Lincoln High…. yet!” Continue reading “Class of 1984 (1982) Pink Floyd In Reverse”
The award this month for the most silliest plot taken extremely seriously goes to The Final Countdown. Not a tongue in cheek to be seen. What can be seen though is an incredible array of military fire power. This film is a war machine fanatics dream, quite simply this is a giant Cold War, mines bigger than yours, show off exhibition. If you love jets of all sizes firing off from an aircraft carrier, you gonna love this film.
Tagline – Nothing in the world can prepare you for .. Continue reading “The Final Countdown (1980) Pearl Harbor Revisited”
Well let’s get the elephant out the room first. Susan Sarandon plays Sally, she has a strange ritual, she stands in the kitchen, slices a lemon and squeezes the juice into her hands and proceeds to rub said lemony zest all over her body, including her fine, fine puppies. And there isn’t a gin in tonic in sight! Well one thing that is in sight if she would of looked up is the admiring eyes of old man Burt Lancaster. He plays Lou and now he has a glint in his eye. Continue reading “Atlantic City (1980) Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!”
Been slowly introducing the classics to my two children and what better excuse is there than Father’s Day. Nothing beats family time, to me, than watching a movie I so loved as a teenager and hopefully passing on it’s “greatness” to another generation. Predator, Total Recall, Rambo, Aliens have all been unleashed on them but this time it’s John Carpenter’s The Thing and quite frankly this one is a freak show. Continue reading “The Thing (1982) Fathers Day AKA Freak The Kids Out Day”
One way to write a good screenplay is to use historical facts for your plot and then jazz it up with some fiction. Ground Zero really doesn’t need “jazzing up” as the original source material is horrific in it’s own right but with a tweak here and there this 80’s Australian film casts a thrilling story. It also scores big points for a collection of amazing imagery which give the outback set pieces a science fiction movie feel. Continue reading “Ground Zero (1987) – Cold War In The Outback”
Mickey Rourke plays criminal minded John ‘Johnny Handsome‘ Sedley and manages to channel the spirit of Eric Stoltz portrayal of Rocky Dennis until he meets Dr Fisher (Forest Whitaker) for some experimental cosmetic surgery giving Johnny the chance to change his face. Turning him into Bruce Willis with hair whilst sprouting the vocal style of Marlon Brando.
Tagline – Revenge has a new face
Continue reading “Johnny Handsome (1989) – Revenge Has A New Face”
In good old depressing 80’s action revenge style you know what to expect from this here movie. Like Death Wish, you know what’s coming but unlike Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) having to go it alone on his one man bad guy mashing mission our Vigilante hero Eddie Marion (Robert Forster) gets a little help from the neighbourhood fixers.
Tagline – If the law won’t get them… we will!
Continue reading “Vigilante (1983) – Headhunter Smashers”
An hour and half and not one sign of any wolves, lycans or otherwise. No one howling at the moon, no metamorphosis from human to wolf or visa a versa, I want my money back! Well it was free, so I mustn’t grumble, Wolf Lake Youtube. Will give them the lake part of the title though, there was one big ass lake. Wolf Lake is located in Yukon, Canada but I’ve just read it was filmed in Mexico!
Tagline – Survive the night at Wolf Lake if the suspense doesn’t kill you first!
Continue reading “Wolf Lake (1980) – Messed Up War Veterans”