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Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 13/4/2012 5:40:58 PM   
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Bad Taste (1987)





Bad Taste was the first Peter Jackson film (Rings aside) I had the pleasure of owning on dvd and still find it as cheerfully delightful now as I did on my first viewing. His first feature film, shot on a shoestring was considered so gory it led to a banning in Australia and prompted Plan B to write the lyric "I haven't felt this sick since I saw that film Bad Taste" (cheers Wiki) but he's just a pussy so who cares what that twat says. Bad Taste is everything you'd want from a low budget Kiwi sci-fi/comedy horror directed at weekends over the course of 4 years (technically a year longer than it took to shoot LOTR). Jackson himself (in the spirit of Python) plays two roles in this but will be most fondly remembered as the films unlikely hero Derek, complete with bandana and chainsaw! The directors trademark splat-stick gore will either turn you right off, or if you're in on the gag then make you ROTFL. Highlights are the running gag involving Derek's erm..... brain issues and the delicious looking 'Crumbs Crunchy Delights' complete with quite literally the most vomit inducing scene in cinema. The film is so loaded with ridiculous OTT gags (plenty of Python influenced humour in there) that it requires multiple viewings to take it all in and a ship-load of quotable lines, ("I'm a Derek and Dereks don't run!", "The bastards have landed!"). Its just a shame most of the world didn't appreciate this cult classic a lot sooner than post-Rings, including myself I have to admit. Here's hoping PJ gets round to remastering this at some stage, and maybe gives us those long awaited sequels we've been promised for years now.

And nothing can top the Sheep gag.

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 13/4/2012 6:29:41 PM   
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Not seen any of Peter Jackson's stuff before Heavenly Creatures, but good to see a new list all the same.

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 13/4/2012 7:33:23 PM   
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Yes! Sci-Fi lists are always good to read and Bad Taste is a great way to start, its an awesome film!

Looking forward to the rest of your list Spaldron.

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 13/4/2012 8:21:55 PM   
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Not seen any of Peter Jackson's stuff before Heavenly Creatures


Get Bad Taste, Meet The Feebles and Braindead immediately.

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 13/4/2012 9:10:09 PM   
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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 14/4/2012 1:54:09 AM   
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I, rather ashamedly after reading Spaldy's review on Bad Taste, simply NEED to check this out!

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 14/4/2012 5:35:41 AM   
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I've never seen Bad Taste despite the fact I've had the video for ages, must be about 7 years now. If that doesn't make me a failure I don't know what does.


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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 14/4/2012 9:45:10 AM   
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Love Bad Taste. There's a great scene where someone falls of a cliff, and you can see someone crouching behind the rocks ready to throw an orange bucketfull of blood in the air.
It's those little touchs that make it such a great film.
And Derek chainsawing himself through an Aliens body and out the arse end, before declaring "I'm born again!" is hilarious.

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 14/4/2012 6:22:42 PM   
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#20

Explorers (1985)





It was a toss up between this and Flight of the Navigator as to which of the 'family friendly sci-fi's that aren't E.T.' would make the list. As it is I always found the central kid in Flight.... to be really annoying so I'm going with Joe Dante's post Gremlins flop. Starring a very young River Phoenix (this films Data) and an even younger Ethan Hawke (this films Mikey), they and some other kid (this films Mouth) decide to build a spaceship because they've all been having weird dreams lately which they decipher as alien messages. Using their combined efforts they build their craft and travel to an alien spaceship where they meet the source of their strange dreams. It would be unfair to call this a failure, it just came out the same year as The Goonies and being part of the ever-increasing 'kids go on random adventure' genre spearheaded be Steven Spielberg throughout the 80's didn't help its chances. Its actually very enjoyable (especially if you first saw it as a kid), is well directed and has some great moments, particularly the sequence during the first test flight where they wreck a drive-in theatre and the final act of course. Dante himself has claimed that he wanted to do a lot more with the films big alien sequence but was hindered somewhat by studio pressures. The score by Jerry Goldsmith is some of his best work also, blending traditional orchestral work with synth music, which was quite rare in those days. A highly enjoyable Sunday afternoon Sci-Fi if you ask me.

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 14/4/2012 6:42:52 PM   
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I like Explorers a lot. No-one else seems to, mind.

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 15/4/2012 1:25:25 AM   
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Not seen this one either Like Bad taste, I have a copy that's just lying around.

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 15/4/2012 9:16:37 AM   
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I don't mind Explorers either. I watched it again a couple of years back and noticed there's a bit where the kids steal some of their dad's beer to toast their building success. I really doubt you'd get that in a kids film these days.

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 15/4/2012 2:53:24 PM   
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Possibly (possibly) watched this as a kid but unfortunately I'm not remembering all that much from it to be honest. Must give this a spin also at some point too Spaldy.

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 16/4/2012 4:00:50 AM   
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Good call with Bad Taste.

Not so much with Explorers though - the last quarter is atrocious.

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 20/4/2012 6:32:57 PM   
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#21

Bad Taste (1987)





Bad Taste was the first Peter Jackson film (Rings aside) I had the pleasure of owning on dvd and still find it as cheerfully delightful now as I did on my first viewing. His first feature film, shot on a shoestring was considered so gory it led to a banning in Australia and prompted Plan B to write the lyric "I haven't felt this sick since I saw that film Bad Taste" (cheers Wiki) but he's just a pussy so who cares what that twat says. Bad Taste is everything you'd want from a low budget Kiwi sci-fi/comedy horror directed at weekends over the course of 4 years (technically a year longer than it took to shoot LOTR). Jackson himself (in the spirit of Python) plays two roles in this but will be most fondly remembered as the films unlikely hero Derek, complete with bandana and chainsaw! The directors trademark splat-stick gore will either turn you right off, or if you're in on the gag then make you ROTFL. Highlights are the running gag involving Derek's erm..... brain issues and the delicious looking 'Crumbs Crunchy Delights' complete with quite literally the most vomit inducing scene in cinema. The film is so loaded with ridiculous OTT gags (plenty of Python influenced humour in there) that it requires multiple viewings to take it all in and a ship-load of quotable lines, ("I'm a Derek and Dereks don't run!", "The bastards have landed!"). Its just a shame most of the world didn't appreciate this cult classic a lot sooner than post-Rings, including myself I have to admit. Here's hoping PJ gets round to remastering this at some stage, and maybe gives us those long awaited sequels we've been promised for years now.

And nothing can top the Sheep gag.

Love this film big time,not only a great Sci/Fi/Horror but a cult classic from Petter Lord Of The Rings Jackson.Love the scene where the Seagul is picking away at his brain,after he falls off a cliff.And yes the humor is very Monty Python a real over the top gore fest done on a shoedtring budget too,hope he returns tothe horror gerne soon.
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#20

Explorers (1985)





It was a toss up between this and Flight of the Navigator as to which of the 'family friendly sci-fi's that aren't E.T.' would make the list. As it is I always found the central kid in Flight.... to be really annoying so I'm going with Joe Dante's post Gremlins flop. Starring a very young River Phoenix (this films Data) and an even younger Ethan Hawke (this films Mikey), they and some other kid (this films Mouth) decide to build a spaceship because they've all been having weird dreams lately which they decipher as alien messages. Using their combined efforts they build their craft and travel to an alien spaceship where they meet the source of their strange dreams. It would be unfair to call this a failure, it just came out the same year as The Goonies and being part of the ever-increasing 'kids go on random adventure' genre spearheaded be Steven Spielberg throughout the 80's didn't help its chances. Its actually very enjoyable (especially if you first saw it as a kid), is well directed and has some great moments, particularly the sequence during the first test flight where they wreck a drive-in theatre and the final act of course. Dante himself has claimed that he wanted to do a lot more with the films big alien sequence but was hindered somewhat by studio pressures. The score by Jerry Goldsmith is some of his best work also, blending traditional orchestral work with synth music, which was quite rare in those days. A highly enjoyable Sunday afternoon Sci-Fi if you ask me.


A fine start to your list,from Friday night beer movie,to relaxing Sunday afternoon fun sci/fi,which floped big time on release.

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 21/4/2012 10:44:48 PM   
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Love The Explorers. Kind of feels like a cross between Stand By Me and The Explorers. One of those underrated or overlooked gems that the 80's have so many of.

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 21/4/2012 11:27:04 PM   
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Love The Explorers. Kind of feels like a cross between Stand By Me and The Explorers.



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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 22/4/2012 6:03:24 PM   
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#19

Flash Gordon (1980)





Dino De Laurentiis' 1980 production of Flash Gordon manages to be completely brilliant and utterly terrible at the same time. With a fantastically OTT script (which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever) and some of the hammiest acting ever committed to film, it really shouldn't work at all. Of course it all works because the film doesn't take itself seriously at all and completely embraces the high campness, metaphorically winking at the audience and letting us in on the joke. Shot at the same time as The Empire Strikes Back and with roughly the same budget (around $35m) this somehow manages to look half as expensive, with pantomime sets, shiny spandex costumes and rocket-on-a-wire special effects its no wonder they decided to use Queen for the score. Despite everything working against it this is a terrifically entertaining film for these reasons...

Brian Blessed
Queen (Flash! Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!)
"Gordon's Alive!"
The football scene
"Dive!"
Brian Blessed
Klytus
The guy from Blue Peter
Timothy Dalton
People can apparently breathe in space
Brian Blessed
The guy from Fiddler On The Roof
The rubbish acting
Max Von Sydow's shiny head
Brian Blessed

That is all.

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 22/4/2012 6:04:16 PM   
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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 22/4/2012 6:05:57 PM   
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#19

Flash Gordon (1980)





Dino De Laurentiis' 1980 production of Flash Gordon manages to be completely brilliant and utterly terrible at the same time. With a fantastically OTT script (which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever) and some of the hammiest acting ever committed to film, it really shouldn't work at all. Of course it all works because the film doesn't take itself seriously at all and completely embraces the high campness, metaphorically winking at the audience and letting us in on the joke. Shot at the same time as The Empire Strikes Back and with roughly the same budget (around $35m) this somehow manages to look half as expensive, with pantomime sets, shiny spandex costumes and rocket-on-a-wire special effects its no wonder they decided to use Queen for the score. Despite everything working against it this is a terrifically entertaining film for these reasons...

Brian Blessed
Queen (Flash! Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!)
"Gordon's Alive!"
The football scene
"Dive!"
Brian Blessed
Klytus
The guy from Blue Peter
Timothy Dalton
People can apparently breathe in space
Brian Blessed
The guy from Fiddler On The Roof
The rubbish acting
Max Von Sydow's shiny head
Brian Blessed

That is all.





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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 22/4/2012 6:45:25 PM   
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Yeah, great choice.


You especially like the soundtrack.

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 22/4/2012 6:46:42 PM   
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Yeah, great choice.



You especially like the soundtrack.



I especially like the soundtrack!!!


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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 22/4/2012 11:55:03 PM   
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The soundtrack is indeed the best bit of the film!

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 23/4/2012 10:35:09 AM   
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Yeah, great choice.


You especially like the soundtrack.


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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 23/4/2012 10:45:52 AM   
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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 23/4/2012 11:00:25 AM   
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Brian Blessed
Queen (Flash! Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!)
"Gordon's Alive!"
The football scene
"Dive!"
Brian Blessed
Klytus
The guy from Blue Peter
Timothy Dalton
People can apparently breathe in space
Brian Blessed
The guy from Fiddler On The Roof
The rubbish acting
Max Von Sydow's shiny head
Brian Blessed

That is all.



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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 24/4/2012 3:34:17 AM   
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Love The Explorers. Kind of feels like a cross between Stand By Me and The Explorers.




Imeant a cross between Stand By Me and E.T. At least it feels like that to me

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 24/4/2012 12:56:41 PM   
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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 27/4/2012 12:32:28 PM   
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Bad Taste - Not seen
Explorers - Like it up until the build up of going into space then it loses me.
Flash Gordon - Awesome.

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RE: Spaldy's Top 21 Sci-Fi Films Of The 80's. - 27/4/2012 1:10:21 PM   
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I like Explorers a lot. No-one else seems to, mind.


I do!

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