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Catch Some Cult and Classic Film Favourites
Epic Hair is soooooo 80s! Bowie and Connelly star in Labyrinth.
Labyrinth, Goonies, Gremlins, Withnail & I, Neverending Story, Terminator, Predator, Princess Bride, Toxic Avenger, Lost Boys to some, would sound like a list of their favourite films from their childhood. To others it represents a bunch of movies made before they were even born. Whether you're a millennial or Gen X, you have to appreciate this stellar line up of 1980s movies. Producer Kristian Fletcher is treating film fans to these retro gems at the Lumen Room's Classic & Cult Movie Nights.
Temperamental teenager Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) journeys through a Labyrinth to recover her baby brother (Toby Froud) from a goblin king (David Bowie) with the help of Hoggle and other rad as puppets by Jim Henson. Highlights are the talking worm with his cute little "'ello!", the music and gratuitous crotch close ups of David Bowie, and the adorable Ludo. The script is packed full of funny lines and the art direction is outstanding.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles In New York, mysterious radioactive ooze has mutated four turtles into radical talking, upright-walking, crime-fighting ninjas. Michelangelo (Robbie Rist), Donatello (Corey Feldman), Raphael (Josh Pais) and Leonardo (Brian Tochi) are trained in the Ninjutsu arts by their rat sensei, Splinter because the plot wasn't implausible enough already. They live in a sewer, say cowabunga a lot and like to eat pizza. When a former pupil of Splinter arrives and spreads lawlessness throughout the city, it's up to the totally tubular turtles to stop him.
Lost Boys The best vampire movie ever. I'm biased. My friends and I watched this film hundreds of times. Not even joking. I know the script by heart. It's got both of the Coreys – dreamy! Keifer Sutherland is a badass vampire with this gang of vampires that also has Bill from Bill and Ted's in it. Sam and Michael move to town with their freshly divorced mum and live with their weirdo taxidermy loving grandpa who also has the_best_line_in_the_film. It's funny and scary and the best.
More Cool 80s Hair on Kieffeffeffer Blood Sucking Sutherland in the Lost Boys.
Predator The U.S. government hires soldier of fortune, Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to rescue a group of politicians ensnared in Guatemala. But when Dutch and his team, arrive, it's pretty obvious something is horribly wrong. They find a series of dead bodies, which is probably when most normal people would leave, but no, these idiots stay. That's when they realise they're being hunted by a ferocious creature with superhuman strength and invisibility skills.
Time travel, killer cyborg, witty one-liners. Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) time travels from 2029 back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). He's a cyborg that's been sent by an evil nuclear holocaust causing AI called Skynet. Turns out, Skynet wants to prevent Sarah from giving birth to a son who is destined to lead a fight against them in the future. But then, if the Terminator killed Sarah the son wouldn't be born and if he's not born why would Skynet send a Terminator back to kill Sarah? So yeah, bit of an indication the Terminator isn't going to succeed in killing Sarah. Not that anyone cares because this film is a classic. Anyway, 'grandfather paradox' rant aside, with the help of Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), Sarah tries to escape the Arnie-bot and his witty quips.
Bastian (Barret Oliver) escapes from some bullies by hiding in a bookstore where he comes across a tome called "The Neverending Story". He takes it to read in the school attic and while he's reading, realises the people in it need his help to survive. There's a pretty rad luck dragon thing called Falkor. The movie is actually quite scray and distressing in parts. Pretty sure it traumatised some kids in the 80's. Spoiler alert: the story does actually end, so, you know, bit of a misnomer, but whatever.
Corey DOMINATING the 80s Screen Again, this Time in Goonies.
A couple of brothers and their pals try to find the treasure of a pirate named 'One Eyed Willy' and not one of them sniggers when they say his name. Not one! Anyway they're being chased by a gang of baddies and they get some help from a scary looking guy with a heart of gold. Also the stereotypical characters have handy names to help you identify them. Like the chubby kid who likes food is called Chunk, the mouthy kid is Mouth and the tech wiz is Data. The movie is lots of fun and packed with adventure.
A guy who sells some pretty questionable gadgets is looking for a present for his son. He finds a strange little creature in a store in Chinatown and the storekeeper reluctantly sells it to him with three warnings: don't get it wet, don't expose it to bright light and don't feed it after midnight. If course the dufus son does all those things and then these nasty green gremlins are all up in everyone's grills ruining Christmas.
Withnail & I
A couple of drinking, drugging, out of work actor types bludge about London for a bit. The nervous Marwood (Paul McGann) and the caustic Withnail (Richard E. Grant) tire of their dingy flat and head to the countryside where they take a holiday 'by mistake'. There's a lot of rain and mud at the cottage of Withnail's fabulously gay uncle, Monty (Richard Griffiths). It's all rather unpleasant and cynical yet it's managed to be a cult hit with the cool kids.
What? You Want More 80s Movies Buttercup? As You Wish.
Grandpa (Peter Falk) reads the book "The Princess Bride" to his sick grandson (Fred Savage). The story is a fairytale about Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) and her one true love Wesley (Cary Elwes). They're separated for a long time when Wesley needs to find and save Buttercup from marrying this gross dude. Anyway there are giants and princes and sword fights, you even get a pirate, and a Spaniard who's out for revenge. Action, adventure, romance and jolly jokes all make this a classic.
I haven't seen this one because my parents wouldn't let me watch horror movies, so this synopsis is from Google, "When Al (Christa Denton) and Glenn's (Stephen Dorff) parents (Deborah Grover, Scot Denton) leave town for the weekend, Al uses the opportunity to throw a party while little brother Glenn and his friend Terry (Louis Tripp) decide to explore a hole left by a tree-removal service in the backyard. When unexplainable phenomena begin occurring, Terry -- with the help of his extensive heavy-metal music collection -- comes to the conclusion that he and Glenn have accidentally opened a gateway to hell.
A nerdy guy who works as a janitor at a gym lands in a vat of toxic waste and catches on fire. Instead of dying like most normal people might do, he turns into 'The Toxic Avenger' after jumping in the bath to stop the fire. Then he goes on a crime fighting spree, meets a nice lady and really annoys the organised crime boss. This is total B-Grade horror comedy but it actually tackles some pretty heavy themes.