The Black Cauldron (1985) #Rediscovered

The Black Cauldron (1985) #Rediscovered

Infamous as the movie which almost killed off Disney’s animation studio (the “The Little Mermaid”-led renaissance was still four years off), “The Black Cauldron” staggered into cinemas in 1985, mortally wounded by a butchering edit at the hands of Jeffrey Katzenberg and a critical mismatch between the source material and the studio behind it. Loosely ..

The Falcon And The Snowman (1985) Review

The Falcon And The Snowman (1985) Review

You have to wonder how many times this has been rented or streamed by mistake recently. Way, way back, in the bad old days of local video stores – even before the like of Blockbuster chain stores – THE FALCON AND THE SNOWMAN is exactly what your mum would bring back after you asked her ..

Lifeforce (1985) Review

Lifeforce (1985) Review

Tobe Hooper gets the Brits out for the lads in madcap 1980s space vampire flick Lifeforce God bless Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. And God bless Cannon Films and whatever dealer provide the mountain of cocaine which fuelled the decision to make a film as silly and sexy and flat out bizarre as 1985’s “Lifeforce”. ..

A View To A Kill (1985) Review

A View To A Kill (1985) Review

Riding high on “Octopussy”’s success, not just at the box office but in seeing off the threat of “Never Say Never Again”, the official Bond franchise pressed ahead with the next instalment. With the public’s affection for Roger Moore’s portrayal of Bond so recently validated, and with the producer’s preferred actors unavailable, the drive to ..

Brazil (1985) Review

Brazil (1985) Review

How on Earth has it taken me so long to get round to watching Terry Gilliam’s classic dystopian Sci-Fi comedy? To paraphrase Admiral Kirk from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn” (stay with me): I’ve managed to see just about every film it’s influenced but like a poor marksman, I’ve kept missing the target. ..

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 20: Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 20: Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

It’s a wonder it took so long for someone to attempt to make a film about Santa Claus being a kind of super hero. It’s less of a wonder that the people to give it a try would be the same people behind the ailing “Superman” franchise, whose most recent film “Supergirl” had been a ..

The Stuff (1985) is young, dumb and full of…disappointment

The Stuff (1985) is young, dumb and full of…disappointment

Larry Cohen’s heavy-handed consumer satire has long held a quasi-mythical place in my movie subconscious. Although I never got around to watching it in the late eighties/ early nineties when I was going through my horror movie phase, it achieved a kind of legendary status thanks to its ubiquity on the trailers which preceded both ..

Once Bitten (1985) Review

Once Bitten (1985) Review

Available right now on Netflix, “Once Bitten” is a decidedly anaemic sex comedy that’s been consigned to the crypt of forgotten Eighties comedies. But is it time for it to rise from the tomb once more? The Countess (Lauren Hutton) must feed on the blood of a young male virgin three times before Halloween each ..