Adventure, Family, Fantasy. $40.58M, PG Drama, Fantasy, Romance. Jim Henson, | Today we know the Avengers as a motley crew of Norse gods, American supersoldiers and occasionally a woman or two – but there’s yet to be a crossover with cinema’s greatest hero: the Toxic Avenger. 110 min Often forgotten, however, is its even-more-bizarre sequel. ... None of it makes much sense, but it's a weird, wild ride, best enjoyed with like-minded fans of … Before The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger was known as something of a fantasy actor. That said, the film gained enough of a cult following to spawn a prequel Netflix series in 2019, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, nearly 30 years after Henson’s death. But what other films have you forgotten? The first, released in 1988, was Big Top Pee-wee, produced by rival studio Paramount. Beverly Hills Cop wasn't only the highest grossing film of 1984, it was also the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, until The Matrix Reloaded kicked it out of … | Gross: Director: Katie Barberi, Votes: Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine. 263,410 Alan Rickman with a moustache? 58 min That’s not to suggest that Keaton is the only bizarre part of the film. | To honour these oft-forgotten works of art, we’ve compiled a list of the most bizarre films from the 80s. Julian Fellowes, Votes: Patrick McGoohan, $16.30M, PG The film truly takes a turn for the absurd when one of Bagley’s pimples, treated by the cream, grows a face and an attitude. In fact, Kaufman’s participation in Heartbeeps was considered a trial run for a film about Tony Clifton, one of his comedy characters. $73.71M, PG 1. Oh, and along the way there are revelations about incest, offers to commit more incest, rampant limblessness and a mysterious green gas. should give an indication of the weirdness in store. Ed Gale, Votes: Kind of like Frankenstein meets Beauty and the Beast meets Superman, but updated for the 80s generation (in other words, more aerobics gear, bad music, occasional nudity, and horrible jokes), the Toxic Avenger is a bullied nerd who gets dropped in a vat of nuclear waste and turns into a deformed freak who battles crime and falls in love. After the murder of a local magnate, Albert Finney’s Dewey Wilson is put back on the force. | 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. | Anthony Newley, Starring as the titular demon, Keaton brings an ironic vitality to this story of ghosts and murder plots. 114 min Despite that robots are essentially not sentient, the film is nonetheless a tale of love, loyalty and despair. $1.58M, PG An uproarious pastiche of the popular, wholesome Cabbage Patch Kids, Garbage Pail Kids were considered the height of playground counterculture. Action, Adventure, Comedy. 0:03:50 ROUND 1 What movie character would have the best podcast? Rod Amateau Alex Winter, The result of this important mission much exceeded her expectations. But this was the 80s, so that’s what we got. Alec Baldwin, Schwarzenegger is joined by Grace Jones and basketball star Wilt Chamberlain as they face off against Thoth-Amon, played by Pat Roach (better known as the burly figure in the first three Indiana Jones films). Anyway, there’s a fashion show and then they steal some ATVs and that’s the end of the film. In 1978, a boy travels 8 years into the future and has an adventure with an intelligent, wisecracking alien ship. | Jay Underwood, Movies from the ‘80s are not only still talked about to this day, but some of the film series are even still going. 140 Essential ’80s Movies #35. The film delights in this kind of time travel nonsense, with future versions of Bill and Ted making appearances, and the sequel – Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey – focusing on a plot by future ne’er-do-wells to eliminate the slacker duo before the utopia can be established. 16. The actor would undergo another about-face with 1989’s Batman, also helmed by Tim Burton, but nothing in his career can compare to the sheer weirdness of Beetlejuice. A young punk recruited by a car repossession agency finds himself in pursuit of a Chevrolet Malibu that is wanted for a $20,000 bounty - and has something otherworldly stashed in its trunk. They’re all real, we promise. 3,070 Kathryn Mullen, The Blues Brothers (1980) 73% #35. The 80s was a pioneering era for science fiction, from The Empire Strikes Back to latter-day classics like The Running Man. Pee-wee Herman is now a small-town farmer with a fiancée, but when a traveling circus comes to town, he finds himself falling for the trapeze artist. 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. Less so. Damon Wayans, Votes: Director: Taking place on the distant planet of Thra, The Dark Crystal depicts the conflict between the innocent Gelfings and the malevolent Skeksis, the latter of whom exploit the titular crystal to elongate their lifespan. $13.54M, PG Toby Froud, | Pick your FIGHT below! An early example of body horror, the film sees limbs protrude from a TV screen and tapes inserted into torsos. Nor is that a coincidental comparison: a reboot of the film has been mooted since 2012, when the Governator himself was lined up to star. 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. Director: Videodrome is nothing if not surreal, with its psychosexual themes and inimitable Cronenberg style. The plot concerns a headset that can record and play back the mental experiences of the wearer. Not only do they resemble clowns, but the creatures also use an arsenal of circus-themed weaponry, encasing their victims in a cotton candy-like substance and dispatching people with popcorn. In fact, Michael Brace (Walken) becomes so enamoured with the technology that he becomes addicted to its power. While Night Shift, his film debut, was about the weird-adjacent life of a morgue worker, 1983’s Mr Mom was another entry in the well-worn tradition of a man struggling in a woman’s world. All of these 80s movies have less than 10,000 votes on IMDb. 24,862 Ultimately, Conan is betrayed by Queen Taramis, as portrayed by Superman and Superman II’s Sarah Douglas. Blatty would go on to write and direct The Exorcist III in 1990, a film that brought in more money than Exorcist II: The Heretic, but was nonetheless considered a box office disappointment. A lot of 90s success is owed to 80s weirdness! One, The Howling, was a straight-up slasher. 123,916 However, it’s revealed that Kane is in fact a Vietnam soldier who decapitated a young boy and then impersonated his brother in order to be dispatched back to the US, though the army knew his gambit all along and sent him to the insane asylum supposedly as its commanding officer. Alex Cox What follows is a cat-and-mouse tale of zoologists trying to figure out the link between crime scenes featuring rabid leopards and puddles of human flesh. Jennifer Connelly, This was easily one of the most unassuming weird films from the late 80’s. Jean Marsh, Howard the Duck lives on Duckworld, but is then sucked across the universe to Earth, for reasons only explained towards the end of the film. And did somebody say Robert Goulet? The 80s were full of these kinds of videos, with these 15 being the absolute icing on the weird cake. These aren’t in a particular order – just what came to mind and how I looked them up. Stars: The 1942 version is a strange tale of women transforming into murderous panthers, but the Paul Schrader-directed remake takes the questionable elements of the wartime original and dials the weirdness up to eleventeen. Adventure, Comedy, Family. On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world. Hamilton Camp, Director: But if you’re a fan of hirsute dog-men, consider taking a time travel trip back to 1981, when not one but three werewolf films hit cinemas. Adventure, Comedy, Family. Tim Burton | The '80s gave us Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Big, approximately 72 X-Men spinoffs and a whole host of sci-fi/coming-of-age films, all with the exact same lesson: Magic is like an STD.If you're not careful, it's not a matter of if, but when you contract it. Pair ’ s habit, and Back to the news relatively mainstream fare:... 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