weird 80s movies

Michael J Fox stars as a shape-shifting basketball wannabe who ends up using his lycanthropic powers to shoot some rad hoops. Geena Davis, A paleontologist and her husband discover a mother and baby brontosaurus in Africa, and try to protect them from a group of hunters intent on capturing the dinosaurs. The show began its run in September 2001, mere days after the 9/11 attacks, and failed to attract enough investors to become a complete production. In the end, I’ve got to hand it to the studios and filmmakers of the ‘90s for thinking way outside the box. In Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, eccentric man-child Pee-wee Herman attempts to find his lost bike, getting into all sorts of sticky situations along the way. Director: | #9 RAWHEAD REX (1986) WOW, is this a strange one. Anyway, there’s a fashion show and then they steal some ATVs and that’s the end of the film. Fantasy, Horror. 123,916 Even better, there was an economy of weird, and the mainstream was trying its hardest to capitalize on it in every capacity. | Gross: Annette O'Toole, Votes: Tim Robbins, Oz has been taken over by the villainous Nome King – it seems there really is no place like Nome – who has elevated Princess Mombi. Plus, this is actually much more than a transportation-themed caper when you look beneath the surface: it’s a parody of the seminal Italian film Bicycle Thieves. There are fight scenes aplenty and wizardry galore. Mombi, in case you’re wondering, has a remarkable collection of severed heads, and would like to add Dorothy’s to her exhibit. Phil Fondacaro, The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out. | Tracey Walter, Howard the Duck was a critical and commercial failure; if you went back in time and described how Marvel has come to dominate cinema in the years since, Howard the Duck viewers would have laughed you out of the room. | It’s remarkable that such a famed cast ever signed on to such a film: alongside Keaton and Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and Catherine O’Hara star. That film, released in 1948, is a neorealist, Marxist tale of a man whose life unravels after his bicycle – which he needs to earn a living – is stolen. | 110 min Jay Underwood, Comedy, Musical, Romance. Veronica Cartwright, Votes: Kris Kristofferson, | Phoebe Cates, The channel in question depicts torture being performed, and viewers become so enraptured that they undergo terrifying mutations and psychotic breaks. Director: 17. Critics Consensus: Stand By Me is a wise, nostalgic movie with a weird streak that captures both Stephen King's voice and the trials of growing up. The silliness of slasher films had certainly reached their apex long before 1989, yet Cutting Class still feels like the subgenre’s prime example of goofy '80s fun.Featuring a young Brad Pitt in his first major role, the film depicts the return of troubled teenager Brian Woods after spending time at a mental institution. Return to Oz originated as a ploy by Disney to keep the movie rights to Frank L Baum’s stories, and bombed at the box office. | Not so, as no one could have predicted that The Pit is in fact about a sexually frustrated, inter-pubescent boy who is encouraged by his stuffed animal to commit murder by luring unsuspecting victims to a hole full of flesh-eating monsters. Annie McEnroe, Votes: When his ex-girlfriend mouths ‘I love you’ from the stands, he manages to deliver the knockout punch. The 80s really loved stop-motion and bad green screen. The 80s was a pioneering era for science fiction, from The Empire Strikes Back to latter-day classics like The Running Man. $16.30M, PG In the 80s, however, Walken was a steely-eyed proprietor of some truly odd Hollywood fare, not least of which is 1983’s Brainstorm. Viewers of the original film are perhaps most likely to remember the crab-like Garthim, surely some of the most terrifying creatures of the decade. In fact, Michael Brace (Walken) becomes so enamoured with the technology that he becomes addicted to its power. | Elizabeth Daily, A creature from another planet tries to seduce a shy Earth physicist to gain control over his researches. | Gross: These aren’t in a particular order – just what came to mind and how I looked them up. 263,410 | Rawhead Rex would actually be a good movie , if the special effects of the monster were not so incredibly horrible looking. | For one thing, it also goes by the title Teddy, which you might think says enough already. 20,308 Mackenzie Astin, Tell us what you think about this feature. 100 min Earth Girls Are Easy might not rank among the decade’s greatest hits – in fact, it returned a dismal $3.9 million on an estimated $10 million budget – but it certainly ranks among its wackiest. But I think of a movie and immediately flash back to my childhood. 113 min He also sleeps with his partner, a criminal psychologist, after she’s lured into a church by the sound of a baby crying. Pitched as a ‘splatter’ film, a horror subgenre that delights in gore, The Toxic Avenger is one-part superhero satire and two-parts gross-out physical effects, all set in a fictional New Jersey town. For some, 1985’s Teen Wolf is bizarre enough. Adventure, Comedy, Family. Admit it: you weren’t at all surprised to see this film on the list. | $3.57M, PG The 80s were full of these kinds of videos, with these 15 being the absolute icing on the weird cake. Weird Science (1985) A girl is innocently playing piano, when a cosmic vortex sucks the clothing off her body and catapults her naked from a chimney. And, yes, it’s all done through puppets. | $7.00M, See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc. Count us in! John Louie, Votes: Directors: | Gross: Louis Tripp, After the success of his sophomore film, American Graffiti, George Lucas set his sights on a revolutionary science fiction project, the likes of which would still have a cult status decades later. All of these 80s movies have less than 10,000 votes on IMDb. This was followed by a sequel in 1984, mere months before The Terminator would change the course of Schwarzenegger’s career forever. | | However, once Jamie Benjamin accidentally lands his babysitter in the pit, he frees the ‘Tra-la-logs’ to murder as they please. Looking at this list, the 80’s were a weird time! In fact, the very first scene has a panther mate with a sacrificial (and very human) maiden, as if anyone really wanted to think too deeply about how Cat People came to be. No, not Star Wars. | | Well, Return to Oz reveals that Dorothy was thought to be delusional after her initial adventures in Oz, and has been sent to a psychiatric hospital for electroshock therapy. 0:03:50 ROUND 1 What movie character would have the best podcast? Drama, Fantasy, Romance. From a giant talking duck to murderous circus clowns, some of the wackiest movies came out of the 80s. 1. The presence of a parasitic growth isn’t anything new in cinema, but the macabre conclusion of the film is certainly more horror than comedy. $15.12M, PG Whether it’s Winona Ryder’s goth antics, or the delirious dancing to the Banana Boat song, the film is a rollicking ride through the downright odd. Richard Benjamin Stars: 5,441 Representing the inner viciousness of man, we’ve been transfixed by these creatures in everything from The Wolf Man to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Strange, given that they’re basically the same film. Nicol Williamson, Prior to his success with The Lord of the Rings, Shore was a regular Cronenberg collaborator. Whether it’s the demand for more cowbell, or singing (badly) in Hairspray, or singing (badly) in The Jungle Book, Walken has become more of a pop culture reference than a real human being. Fantasy, Horror, Thriller. An early example of body horror, the film sees limbs protrude from a TV screen and tapes inserted into torsos. If you aren’t yet sold on the film, it’s always interesting to listen to a Howard Shore score. The plot concerns a headset that can record and play back the mental experiences of the wearer. Wilson finds this out after cornering a ‘militant Native American activist’. A young woman's sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard. 7,460 Director: However, as of October 2019, Schwarzenegger has confirmed a long-gestating project is still in development. Intelligible plot? Wolfen received generally positive reviews for its unsettling tone and new angle on a typical werewolf story. | A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop an alien invasion with the help of a nerdy scientist and a struggling female rock singer. Stephen Dorff, … Director: | | But what other films have you forgotten? Woah. Cliff De Young, | Now what? Director: Jon Lovitz, Paul Reubens, Director: Another, An American Werewolf in London, was an acclaimed horror-comedy. What it’s missing, however, is a code of ethics. For example, a murder victim ends up being used as a ventriloquist’s dummy, and another scene sees a clown drinking gelatinised blood through a crazy straw. We dug through some murky internet backwaters to find this eclectic collection of forgotten, cast-off and supremely weird ‘80s horror trailers, with an eye toward obscurity. Davis ’ role American werewolf in London, was the underrated satire how to Get Ahead in Advertising find! 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