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Star Trek Movie v – The Final Frontier (1989) – The Search for God and The Circling of The Drain

The_Final_FrontierHere we go: My least favourite favourite Star Trek movie, and Shatner’s Star Trek directorial and writing debut. What a freakin’ turkey.

So, there’s report of trouble on a planet that is a social experiment with the Federation,Klingons and the Romulans – they are trying to find out if we can all live happily together. Some charismatic cult leader has taken over the place and the only folks who are close enough to do anything about it…are the the crew of the Enterprise. They show up and are quickly captured. Some are sort of hypnotized to follow their leader – a Vulcan by the name of Sybok, (played by Laurence Luckinbill), Spock’s half-brother, who is offering freedom from fear and pain, and on mission to the center of the Galaxy – to see the face of…I dunno’… GOD? Yeah, and there is a Klingon Captain that wants to make his points by killing the infamous Kirk. Oh… I can’t continue.

UGH!!! I really disliked this freakin’ movie. Go ahead an watch it if you need to. I liked this movie more when I first watched it, but really didn’t like it much then. I don’t need my Sci-Fi heroes looking for God, and Shatner is NOT A GOOD WRITER/DIRECTOR. I like William Shatner a lot and this should be his “Popeye.”

Here is the trailer for this terrible Trek movie:


Star Trek Movie IV–The Voyage Home (1986)–Captain: There Be Whales (and Hippies)

The_voyage_homeOn to episode four of the Star Trek movies.

Hmmm… Where to start? Taking place almost immediately after the last movie, The Search For Spock, The Voyage Home has the crew of the Enterprise heading for Earth to answer for their actions in that past movie.Well, on their way back they get news of an alien probe that has been leaving a trail of destruction while making directly for Earth. Along the way, it is continuously transmitting a strange, seemingly unintelligible signal. Once the probe reaches Earth, it starts directing it’s signal into the depths of the oceans – and not getting any reply, it starts vaporizing  said oceans.The crew of the Enterprise, now the crew of a Klingon Bird of Prey are tasked to find a solution to this problem. The still adjusting from returning from the dead Spock does some calculations and figures out that the signal is actually the call of the now (23rd century “now”), extinct Humpback Whale. Figuring that the only way to save the planet is to find some Humpback Whales, the crew decides to travel back in time and gather a few whales. They whip around the sun to travel back in time and end up in 1980’s San Francisco, where they soon discover that their are two Humpbacks at a Sea World like complex. They land the Bird of Prey in Golden Gate Park (thank you Klingon Cloaking device) and head out into the city to look for whales…Oh, and nuclear material…yes, they need nuclear material for the now fried Dilithium crystals. So for the next bit, the crew goes around San Francisco, making stupid mistakes (they are not part of this culture,folks), while trying to round up whales and nuclear materials.

So, typically, Kirk woos a marine biologist who is taking care of the whales in captivity, and one of the other crew gets captured (and injured badly), and there has to be a sneaky rescue…of course.

So the movie is funny in places, serious in others and addresses important environmental and ecological issues. Hell, I know many people who think this is the best Star Trek movie… I’m of the opinion that it is one of (but not THEE), worst Star Trek movies. Just too much “save the world” hippy crap. It’s still fun, just not my favourite.

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Star Trek Movie III – The Search for Spock (1984)–No Wrath of Khan, But Better than I Remembered

search_for_spockFollowing the awesome Wrath of Khan, 1984’s, the Search For Spock, had a lot to live up to…and didn’t quite reach those lofty goals. Still, after re-watching it for the first time in 25+ years, I have to say that it is better than I remembered.

If you haven’t watched Wrath of Khan then beware, as there will be spoilers, but hell, the movie’s been out for 31 years so tough.

So, in the Wrath of Khan the movie ends with Spock, dead…kind of. They shoot his body off to the newly formed Genesis planet. Soon, McCoy starts acting weird, acting like he’s Spock or something. At the same time, there are some weird things going on on the newly formed Genesis planet, as well as new frictions between the Klingon Empire and the Federation. The Genesis planet, declared off limits to all, holds the key to resurrecting Spock and the crew of the Enterprise needs to get there… They steal Enterprise and head off to the planet. They run into a Klingon Bird of Prey, ready to kick the Enterprise’s ass. A quick battle, a ruse and the death of someone special to Kirk and then a switch-a-roo and the crew of the now wasted enterprise take off in a newly stolen Bird of Prey with a new passenger, (come on, you know the name of the damned movie), a trip to Vulcan and some Psychic surgery.

So, by some considered a crappy Trek movie, and I too used to think this, but after re-watching I have to say it is better than I remember. Also, the great Christopher Lloyd (remember Jim Ignatowski of Taxi or "Doc" Brown from the Back to the Future movies), makes a great Klingon Captain. So, don’t watch this movie expecting greatness, but to be fair I believe it’s not nearly as bad as some think it is. Also – don’t watch this movie as a stand alone movie – watch it if you are going through the movies.

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The Last Star Fighter (1984)–Silly Mid-80’s Family Friendly Sci-Fi

last_starfighter_posterI found The Last Star Fighter on Blu-Ray for $10 yesterday while flipping through the cheap discs at the local Target® and couldn’t resist picking it up.

I was pleasantly surprised by how clean the copy is and it comes chock full of extras – not a bad deal for $10.

The Last Star Fighter is a harmless little sci-fi movie from 1984 that tells the story of Alex Rogan (played by Lance Guest) a high school senior with dreams of doing something big in life, though life always seems to have other plans for him. Living in the Star Lite Trailer park with his mom, the owner and manager, Alex finds most of his free time taken up with repairs an helping out the various residents instead of spending time with his friends and his girlfriend, Maggie (played by Catherine Mary Stewart). The only escape he seems to be able to manage is while playing the videogame, The Last Star Fighter, that was delivered to the Trailer Park. One night Alex beats the record, taking out the boss ship… weirdly, this seams to be the most exciting thing that has ever happened in this trailer park, and soon everyone is gathered around the machine watching Alex destroy aliens.

Guess what? The video game was actually a recruiting tool left by  Centauri, a recruiter for the Star Fighters, a group of Space Ship warriors that are the defense of the Star League against the Evil Xur (played by Norman Snow). Picked up by Centauri and brought to the Star Fighter headquarters, Alex is confused – When it’s explained that he is to be a Star Fighter, Alex decides against it, explaining that he has too much to do at home. Centauri delivers him home, leaving a communication device with Alex in case he changes his mind.

Once back things are not as they should be: Alex discovers that Beta Alex, a robot left to take his place has caused issues between him and Maggie, as well as the fact that a hit-Beast is set to kill him. Messaging Centauri, he manages to elude the Hit beast long enough until Centauri arrives and destroys the hit beast. Speaking to Alex, he makes it plain that as long as Alex is at the Trailer park, the beasts will hunt him. Alex decides to join the Star Fighters.

Arriving at the base, they discover that a sneak attack has wiped out all the remaining Star Fighters but one, and experimental ship with a new weapons system. At first Alex is doubtful of his abilities and wants to go back to Earth, but a sudden dog fight with some enemy ships changes his mind. Deciding on a tactic of surprise, Alex and his trusty Navigator Grig, hide out and let the enemy flotilla pass them by, and then they attack from behind.

Success! Alex is a hero (I don’t want to give away more). Alex returns for his girl and then returns to space…

Okay, this movie is hokey  and cheezy, and the computer graphics don’t wow like they did on 1984, but the movie is still fun. When I was 14 and seeing the movie in the theatre, I was disappointed, but not now: I’ve learned a new appreciation since I was 14. If you get a chance to watch this movie, take it as it’s fun.

Checkout the trailer below.


Night of the Comet (1984) – Cheezy Nostalgia

I remember watching this back in 1984 mostly to see the “hot chick” from my then home town Edmonton, Catherine Mary Stewart, who played the lead character, Regina.

The gist of this movie is this: A previously unknown comet makes a swing past earth, and the resulting meteor shower releases some sort of dust or radiation that turns anyone who wasn’t protected behind steel into dust. Most of the world who turned out to watch the comet disappeared, and the few who survived are turning into Zombie like creatures as they too slowly disintegrate  Meanwhile, two hot sisters that survived the night team up with a low budget Eric Estrada like good guy dude try to survive. Add to the whole mix a group of high tech survivalists, some thugs and you have an entertaining if mild movie.

I think I like this a little more than it deserves because it reminds me of the younger me. But even so, I think I would have still liked, but not as much. Like I said: the first time I watched it when I was 15 was to see a local girl in a movie.

Check it out yourself. 

Here’s the trailer:


Cherry Bomb (2011) – An Homage to 80s Violent Revenge Movies

Well this movie came out of no where – a Netflix suggestion for a friend of mine, it’s a movie that neither of us had heard of before. Well, I’m kind of glad we watched it.

The gist of the story is a stripper in 1984 Texas, Cherry, gets raped and beaten in the “Champagne” room at the club she works at. The perpetraors get away with it through collusion and intimidation. Without legal justice, Cherry, and reluctantly her brother, take matters into their own hands and exact mortal payment for their trangressions.

Yes, this is a tale of revenge. The acting isn’t great and the story is simple, yet I enjoyed this pseudo throw back to the 80s. Plus: it’s always fun watching assholes get what’s coming to them. Also, they are being stocked by a tough, ugly and huge hitman.

If you’re looking for a good movie, well this isn’t it. If you’re looking for a good enough movie that doesn’t make you think too much, then this just might fit the bill. I We found it on Netflix – Check it out if you get a chance.

Here is the trailer:


Gremlins (1984) – I Forgot How Much I liked This Film

I had not seen Gremlins since it was in the theatre back in 1984. I remember loving this film at the time, and I also remember being surprised, thinking that this was going to be a funny, silly Christmas movie and being surprised by the darkness in this film.

In a nutshell, a loving inventor-family man (played by Country Music Legend Hoyt Axton) finds himself in a run down curio shop in China Town, in the hopes of finding a unique Christmas gift for his son. After some cajoling, he leaves with a cute, little creature called Mogwai (later named Gizmo),with three, simple but important rules: No Water, No food after midnight, and no bright light (Sunlight would actually kill the creature).

Of course, all rules are broken shortly after the arrival of Gizmo. An accidental water spill on Gizmo’s back (by a young Corey Feldman), creates a bunch more Mogwais – the new ones being more troublesome and led by the more belligerent one named Stripe after his mohawk like hair. Soon the jerk Strip tricks the son into feeding him and his brood after midnight (by chewing through the clock cord and making it look like it wasn’t after midnight yet). This causes Stripe and his crew to transform from the cute Mogwais into evil, ugly Gremlins that proceed to destroy the whole freakin’ town in short order – right during the whole Christmas season. It’s unusual to see death and destruction in a Christmas movie. Now, death and destruction in a Christmas movie that ends up being funny? That is an art form.

I gotta say, this movie hold up very well. Speaking to a lot of people that saw this movie years ago, I find that many have forgotten that this is actually a horror movie. Most people just remember the cute little Mogwai and think it’s a fun little Christmas movie. I think they’d be surprised watching it again.

Watch this movie – watch it again if it’s been a long time since you’ve seen it. It’s good… real good.

Here is the Trailer:



The Dungeonmaster (1984) – Really? REALLY?!!?

I just finished watching the 1984’s The Dungeonmaster (also known as Ragewar), and I am asking myself why I do this to myself.

Starring Richard Moll (Bull fronm Night Court and the bad Demon guy from almost every mid-1980s to mid-1990s movie that had such a character), as Mestema (the Devil, I guess) and some random shitty actors. Mestema kidnaps a super computer nerd and his fiancée, making them battle/defeat evil in several different scenarios. The only weapon Nerd-Boy has is an electronic wrist gauntlet that allows him to communicate with his unrealistically advanced computer system (hey, this is freakin’ 1984), and shoot lasers and other energy beams. The movie finally culminates if a damned fight (like a fist fight but less exciting) between Nerd-Boy and Mestema.

Yeah… Don’t watch this steaming pile of turd.

Here’s the trailer (yay!):


Johnny Dangerously (1984) – This Movie is Fargin Funny

I haven’t seen this movie since it was in the theatre. I forgot how funny it is. So stupidly funny that I am really surprised that I hadn’t re-watched it since. Actually, I’m surprised that it doesn’t get mentioned more often when people speak of funny movies. Starring a very young Michael Keaton as Johnny Kelly (a.k.a. Johnny Dangerously), a good kid that turns to crime in order to pay for him mother’s operations for various outlandish ailments.

The movie starts with Johnny working in a pet store where a boy tries to steal a puppy and is quckly aprehended by Johnny. Johnny then procedes to tell the boy how crime doesn’t pay, and through a flasback, we are presented with the guts of the movie. Johnny joins Jocko Dundee’s (played by Peter Boyle) gang and quickly rises to the top by proving himself in the constant battles between Jocko’s gang and their rival, the hilarious butcher of the English language Roman Moronie. Eventually Johnny takes over the gang when Jocko (played by the late Peter Boyle) retires after a silly assassination attempt. Johnny’s little brother Tommy (played by Griffin Dunne), in the meantime has grown up and become the assistant district attorney, Hell bent on fighting crime. When the crooked D.A. (District Attorney), played by the always funny Danny Devito, fails to corrupt Tommy, he tries but fails, to kill him by tampering with his car. When the D.A. dies in a silly manner a short while later, Tommy assumes the role of D.A. and cranks up his war on crime, eventually defeating Moronie and having him deported to Sweden… With Moronie gone, Tommy turns his focus on Johnny Dangerously’s gang. See, Tommy has no idea that his brother Johnny is actually the crime boss known as Johnny Dangerously. When he finds out, Tommy confronts his brother. Things work out between the two, and Johnny decides to disband the gang and go legit.When he breaks the news to the gang, things don’t go so well, when gang member an general douche bag Danny Vermin (played by rarely funny man Joe Piscopo) refuses to go quietly. Framing Johnny for the murder of the Governor and getting him sent to the big house, Vermin finds himself in charge of the gang, while Johnny looks to get out with the help of his girlfriend (played by Marilu Henner).

If you haven’t seen this movie and enjoy quirky comedy and stupid puns then watch this. In fact, if you have a sense of humour at all watch this. Johnny Dangerously is a cute, silly comedy that deserves a lot more credit than it gets. It has a solid cast and respectable writing making it a good movie (I know: then what the hell is it doing on this site? Shut up…).

Here’s a funny clip of the bad guy, Moroni talking to a henchman:


And here’s an early theatrical trailer:



Runaway (1984) – Tom Selleck VS. Gene Simmons and His Evil Robots

The 1980s had some weird movies. This is one.

In the near future, personal robots are everywhere. So much so that the police department has a group just to deal with Runaways – robots that malfunction and cannot be controlled. Tom Selleck’s character, Ramsay, is a member of that team. Gene Simmons is an evil genious that has some really bad microchips that he wants to sell to the highest bidder (terrorists). He uses robots and technology to get his way – Hell he has an army of cool, bug-like robots to do his bidding especially.

This is an adaptation of Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name. I have to say that it is better than I expected, especially with the fact that the main bad guy is played by cheeze master Gene Simmons, Bass Player and co-leader of the rock group, KISS. The effects, for the time, are pretty cool, especially the bug robots, and the story is interesting.

I’m going to cheap out and past the Wikipedia info for the movie to give you a clearer idea of the plot of the movie – that of course will include a plot spoiler – sorry. Here’s the plot summary from the Wikipedia entry:

Typical for Crichton’s work, Runaway deals with the devastating and sinister consequences of allowing complextechnology to run our lives. The film is set in the near future, where robots are commonplace – as much a part of everyday life as any other electrical appliance. Like other electrical appliances, they are prone to malfunctions. However, when a robot malfunctions, it could pose some form of threat to people and/or property. Such robots are known as “runaways”. As runaways are somewhat more dangerous than the average damaged machine, they are not handled by the manufacturers’ support personnel but by local divisions of the police force trained in robotics. As the beginning of the film shows, the “runaway” squad, however, is treated as mostly an easy and unexciting assignment, often ridiculed.

Sgt. Jack R. Ramsay (Selleck) is a veteran police officer who joined the runaway squad after discovering his previously unknown acrophobia, which resulted in the death of a family at the hands of a man he let escape. After years on the job, however, Jack has found himself one of the profession’s few real experts. His new partner, Karen Thompson (Rhodes), is bright and enthusiastic about the job, but he assures her there is little excitement involved. Mostly all it involves is flipping a switch. This changes when they find themselves handling an unforeseen problem – the first robot facilitated homicide. In the aftermath of dealing with a household robot murdering a family with a kitchen knife and somehow getting access to a handgun, Jack stumbles upon integrated circuits which not only override a robot’s safety features, but direct it to attack humans. These devices are discovered to be not hacked chips, but created from a series of mastertemplates, enabling them to be mass-produced.

Despite being unable to learn anything productive from uncooperative informants who end up dead, Ramsay refuses to be deterred, and soon discovers the perpetrator is megalomaniacal and sociopathic genius Dr. Charles Luther (Simmons). Luther, while working for a robotics defense contractor, developed a program that allows a robot to thermographically identify a human form amidst significant cover, and even differentiate between individual humans. Seeing the obvious profit potential in this program, he decided to kill his fellow researchers and sell the technology on the black market. After a botched attempt to arrest Luther, Thompson is left with an unexploded bullet in her arm which Ramsay successfully extracts. Fortunately the attempted arrest reveals information about one of Luther’s weapons, smart bullets – miniature heat seeking missiles that lock onto an individual human target’s unique heat signature, pursuing them wherever they run, even around corners.

While investigating one of Luther’s dead cohorts, Ramsay and Thompson come across Jackie Rogers (Alley), who is found to have once been Luther’s lover, and now partner in crime. However, she double-crossed him and stole the circuit templates, intending to sell them herself. But she is scared now because she believes Luther will stop at nothing to kill her, unless he gets the templates. When Ramsay and Thompson create a ruse to transfer Jackie to safety, Luther attacks the police convoy with freeway-running robotic smart bombs. They discover that the bombs are locked in on a bug in Jackie’s purse and manage to ditch it before the bombs exploded. Ramsay decides to make a public appearance with Jackie at a restaurant to draw Luther out, but Luther captures Thompson and wants Ramsay to exchange her for Jackie and the templates. Before making the exchange, Jackie tears some of the templates off and hands them to Ramsay, for insurance that Luther won’t kill her. But Luther kills her anyway, discovers the template aren’t all there, fires some of his smart bullets into the crowded restaurant and flees.

In an attempt to get the missing templates, Luther hatches a plan to attack Ramsay. He enters the police station and uses the computers to discover everything about Ramsay’s personal life, including his son. Once Ramsay discovers his personal information has been hacked, he and Thompson race to his home to find his personal robot damaged and his son, Bobby (Cramer), missing. A phone call from Luther confirms he kidnapped Bobby and wants to exchange him for the missing templates. Ramsay then makes a deal with Luther to meet at an unfinished skyscraper for the exchange. Luther gets the templates and sends Ramsay’s son down to street level in an elevator, awaited by a legion of assassin robots – spider-like robots no larger than loaves of bread which climb walls and ceilings to reach their targets, murder them by injecting acid into their veins, then explosively self-destruct, leaving no evidence. Thompson, despite agreeing not to interfere, arrives in time and slips past the spiders and helps Bobby stay above the reach of the robots. Luther turns on Ramsay with fury, firing smart bullets, but Ramsay turns on many of the automatic construction equipment, creating multiple heat sources which cause the bullets to miss the mark, and Ramsay uses this to get close to fight with Luther, hand-to-hand. After a pitched fight, Ramsay pushes Luther over the side, and the inventor lands on his back, in the midst of his robot spiders. Programmed to kill whoever came down from above, the robots rush Luther, injecting acid into his body in a dozen places.

Ramsay and Thompson help Bobby down from above, and Ramsay cautiously approaches the seemingly dead body of Luther. Luther reaches up to grab Ramsay and screams, but falls back, dying. Ramsay retreats as fire flares around Luther as the spiders self-destruct. Ramsay and Thompson have a laugh and embrace, kissing.

If you have the time, I say go ahead and watch this film as it was a fun distraction – even with Gene Simmons. Oh, and keep an eye out for a then very hot Kirstie Alley as Simmon’s throw away girlfriend, Jackie Rogers.

Here’s the Trailer:


Repo Man (1984) – A Repo Man’s Life is Always Intense

This 1984 Emilio Estevez film was fun. Watched it last night, and I believe possibly once back in 1984 or 1985, as parts seemed vaguely familiar.  

The story of a Punk, Otto, who ends up becoming a Repo Man after unwittingly being hired to reposess a car by verteran Repo Man, Bud (played by veteran “Oh, that guy” actor, Harry Dean Stanton).

Screwed over for a $1000 dollars that his Hippy parents had promised him for graduating – they gave the money to a TV Tele-Evangelist, Bud is forced to find work and decides to Join Bud and his repo buddies, who are a great set of characters. And it turns out that he’s damn good at the job, and he and Bud make a good team. Bud informs Otto that a Repo Man’s life is always intense, and Otto loves that intensity. Along the way Otto discovers that his some of his Punk buddies have resorted to a life of crime, and meets a hot girl. Throw in a Chevy Sedan with a trunk load of Aliens and a $20,000 reward, a U.F.O. conspiracy theorist Miller, (working as a mechanic for the repo company and played by veteran character actor, Tracey Walter – you’ll know who he is when you see him) and some funny and interesting writing, a bizarre, but fitting ending and you end up with a movie well worth watching. 

If you want a better idea of what it’s about here is an excerpt from Wikipedia: 

Otto Maddox (Emilio Estevez), a young punk rocker living in Los Angeles, gets fired from his boring job as a supermarket stock clerk. He learns that his pot-smoking, ex-hippie parents have donated the money they promised him


 for finishing school to a crooked 
televangelistDepressed and broke, Otto wanders the streets, until he falls in with Bud (Harry Dean Stanton),

 a seasonedrepossession agent, or “repo man”, working for the “Helping Hand Acceptance Corporation” (a small automobile repossession agency). Although Otto is initially disgusted by the concept of repossessing cars, his opinion changes rapidly when he is quickly paid in cash for his first “job”. Otto joins the agency as a repo man himself.

If you haven’t seen it, do and if you haven’t seen it for a long tome then see it again.

Check out the trailer here:


Top Secret (1984) – The Secret? This Movie is Really Funny

Top Secret Movie PosterI watched the movie, Top Secret last night. This is a 1984 comedy  that spoofs spy/war/60’s teeny-bopper movies that had me laughing from start to finish.

Starring a young Val Kilmer as Nick Rivers, an American heart throb musician on a cultural trip to East Germany. Along the way he gets mixed up with the French resistance (weird, I know), and has to help them foil an attempt to destroy the entire NATO submarine fleet with an atomic mine called the Polaris Mine. 

This movie is chock full of silly goodness. Always keep your eye on the background as there is a lot of  gags going on all the time. There’s a lot of eye-rolling puns, and physical gags as well as spoofs of movies that were reasonably current at the time – most would be lost on any watchers under 35 -40 years old, but don’t let that deter you – this movie is still funny. I mean, there’s an under water western bar fight, and some of the best acting by a cow that I have ever seen so WATCH IT!!!

Check out the trailer here and then go to what ever online retailer you deal with to buy a copy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-YHw1sqjL8