Friday The 13th (1980) Review

Friday The 13th (1980) Review

It’s tacky and it’s spooky, and also kind of kooky but still I take a looky at Friday The 13th Created intentionally to cash in on the audience response to John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN released two years previously, FRIDAY THE 13TH ended up becoming every bit as iconic as the movie whose coattails it was trying ..

Nielsen Ratings: Prom Night (1980) Review

Nielsen Ratings: Prom Night (1980) Review

The original “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, “Prom Night” is a classic old-school slasher film, but from Canada, eh? Six years ago, High School seniors Kelly (Mary Beth Rubens), Jude (Joy Thompson), Wendy (Anne-Marie Martin) and Nick (Casey Stevens) have been hiding a terrible secret: the truth about what happened to ten-year-old Robin ..

The Final Countdown (1980) Review

The Final Countdown (1980) Review

Dear Hollywood, I know it’s not something you would normally ever consider doing, but I’d like to suggest – nominate, if you will – the film “The Final Countdown” – as a property ripe for a reboot or reimagination or whatever you’re calling it nowadays. It tells the story of the USS Nimitz which, thanks ..

Nielsen Ratings: Airplane! (1980) Review

Nielsen Ratings: Airplane! (1980) Review

“Airplane!” is, without question, the absolute pinnacle of parody movies. Often imitated, sometimes almost equalled but never, ever bettered. It’s so densely packed with gags that even now, forty years after it was first released you can always spot a new one you’ve missed on previous viewings, regardless of how many there have been. A ..

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Rediscovered

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Rediscovered

Join Mertmas and me as we rule the sofa as father and son. A week after sitting down with Mertmas to watch “Star Wars”, we’re settling in to watch “The Empire Strikes Back”. No agonising, impossibly long three year wait for him. A mere seven days (five of them at school, mind) and he’s here, ..

The Blue Lagoon (1980) 40th Anniversary Review

The Blue Lagoon (1980) 40th Anniversary Review

Turning 40 is probably something which seemed a far-off fantasy to the two children marooned on a South Pacific island in 1980’s “The Blue Lagoon” and yet that’s where the film now finds itself. Seemingly all but forgotten in terms of pop culture now, “Grease” director Randall Kleiser’s adaptation of Henry De Vere Stacpoole’s 1908 ..

Craggus Comfort Movies: Battle Beyond The Stars (1980) Review

Craggus Comfort Movies: Battle Beyond The Stars (1980) Review

There’s something so intoxicatingly comforting about Roger Corman’s sci-fi reimagining of “The Magnificent Seven”, itself a remake of “Seven Samurai” that I’m surprised it’s not regulated by the government. It’s appeal probably lies in its perfect placement at the start of the home video boom in the early eighties when it was available to rent ..