Films of the decade - 80s

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  • LoveUniHateExams

    Lots of great films in this decade, too.

    The Elephant Man (1980)

    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    The Shining (1980)

    Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

    The Thing (1982)

    First Blood (1982)

    A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

    The Terminator (1984)

    The Fly (1986)

    Near Dark (1987)

    I remember seeing The Elephant Man for the first time when I was seven. My mum had a book about Joseph Merrick, the real 'Elephant Man', and I looked at that a bit, including photos. The film was shown a couple of weeks later and I asked my mum if I could watched it. I remember her saying something like, 'are you sure? Are you sure you won't get scared?' I said, no, watched it, and got scared. It was the bit in the film where the young nurse is asked to bring him up his breakfast. Looking at it now, you just now what's coming, lol. It's a great film. A few years later, when I was 12, me and my dad went to Blockbuster video.

    'What do you want to watch, Phil?'

    And I came back to him with The Elephant Man, lol.

    I've included Near Dark here because I just love this film. It's hard to get a copy and it wasn't commercially successful at the box office. But it's a great vampire film, one of my favourites (either Near Dark or Let The Right One In, if we're talking vampire films).

    Both The Thing and The Fly are great examples of body horror films featuring spectacular practical effects. They must be two of the best horror films ever, I think.

    Got any good ones I've missed?

    I know I must have missed loads ...

  • truth_b_known

    The 1980s was truly a great decade for film. You touch and great ones. I was a young kid and have been into sci-fi/fantasy genre my whole life. Here are a few I would like to add under those genres -

    Blade Runner


    Conan the Barbarian

    I started getting into the production and behind-the-scenes stories on these films. Blade Runner and Conan the Barbarian are truly quintessential to their respective genres in so many ways.

  • riblah

    This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

  • Beth Sarim
    Beth Sarim

    Back to the Future ( the original is the best)

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Top Gun

    The Breakfast Club


  • Beth Sarim
    Beth Sarim

    How could I forget,,,,Ghostbusters.

  • LoveUniHateExams

    @truth_be_known - yes, Blade Runner is a very good film.

    Another classic - how could I forget - is Aliens (1986).

    And I also think Predator (1987) is very good. I love the way it just switches genres halfway through. It starts as a dumb action movie then becomes a slasher movie. Very original.

  • Mum

    I really liked "Local Hero."

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