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Join film writer Vince Leo as he journeys back through his favorite decade for films, the 1980s!

Join film writer Vince Leo as he journeys back through his favorite decade for films, the 1980s!

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Join film writer Vince Leo as he journeys back through his favorite decade for films, the 1980s!

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English


Episodes

Ghostbusters II (1989) | Ivan Reitman

2/25/2021
Five years after the events of Ghostbusters, the heroes are zeroes again, bankrupt after getting sued by the city for the destructive aftermath of clearing out the city of spooks. There’s also a Federal restraining order prohibiting them from continued ghostbusting. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) is now the host of a cheesy local cable talk show called, “World of the Psychic.” Occult bookstore owner Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) gets side work with Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson), cosplaying as...

Duration:00:35:32

Ghostbusters (1984) | Ivan Reitman

2/11/2021
Ghostbusters centers on three university researchers (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis) of paranormal activity who go into business of their own once they get into trouble for their uncouth antics, and their grant money runs out. They emerge on the scene as the "Ghostbusters", a trio of exterminators (of sorts), willing to investigate phenomena from anyone in New York City willing to call their number and pay their fees. Though the public is initially skeptical, these men soon...

Duration:00:34:50

Prince of Darkness (1987) | John Carpenter

1/28/2021
The diary of a reclusive priest named Father Carlton reveals a centuries-old secret sect in the Church called the Brotherhood of Sleep. Carlton was on the verge of revealing their existence to the Archbishop that Brotherhood is guarding an ancient cylinder filled green fluid hidden in the basement of an abandoned 16th Century-built chapel in Los Angeles. The dormant entity inside the cylinder has been awakened by the force of a distant supernova that exploded long ago, a chaotic chain...

Duration:00:26:53

The Stuff (1985) | Larry Cohen

1/17/2021
Larry Cohen concocts this comedic horror-thriller involving an ex-FBI agent turned industrial spy hired by a desperate ice cream industry, trying to steal the secret formula from a corporation pushing a newly marketed yogurt-like food substance called The Stuff. He discovers the substance, which is found bubbling up from seemingly unlimited deposits underground, is deadly and humanity hangs in the balance. The Stuff is a delicious, no-calorie dessert that is highly addictive to all who eat...

Duration:00:36:47

The Blob (1988) | Chuck Russell

1/8/2021
The Blob suddenly appears after crashlanding in a rural area outside of the fictional ski resort town of Arborville, CA. It attaches itself to the hand of a vagrant, Star high school wide receiver Paul Taylor (Donovan Leitch) and his cheerleader crush Meg Penny (Shawnee Smith) are out on their first date when they come across the man, taking him to the hospital, along with the town's juvenile delinquent, Brian Flagg (Kevin Dillon), who they think is responsible. They soon discover that the...

Duration:00:23:28

The Thing (1982) | John Carpenter

1/1/2021
The story starts out in Antarctica, where a group of scientists is bunkered until one day they are disturbed by the sounds of gunshots coming from a Norwegian helicopter, apparently trying to kill a runaway dog. They miss their quarry, and the Norwegians end up getting offed, with no explanation as to what their problem is. Fearing more violence, the American crew travels to the Norwegian camp, only to find some very odd occurrences, including a mangled humanoid body that has normal internal...

Duration:00:29:34

The Hidden (1987) | Jack Sholder

12/25/2020
Michael Nouri stars as LAPD detective Tom Beck, who takes down a bank robber gone berserk in one of the bloodiest shootouts in department history. What Beck doesn't know is that the culprit is actually being controlled by a parasite within his body that loves danger, money, speeding, and good ol' rock-n-roll, and it can't be killed by normal means, and moves from host to host whenever the body it is in is about to expire. Enter FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher (Kyle MacLachlan), on assignment from...

Duration:00:39:23

Night of the Creeps (1986) | Fred Dekker

12/18/2020
Jason Lively and Steve Marshall are the primary stars as Chris and J.C., a couple of nerdy college freshmen fraternity pledges who must steal a corpse as part of their initiation. They accidentally end up releasing a small army of leeches, jettisoned from an alien spacecraft, dormant in the cryogenic cadaver they find in the university's research facility. These leeches jump into the mouths of any humans they can and proceed to consume their minds, controlling their bodies like zombies with...

Duration:00:24:10

Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987)

12/11/2020
Revenge of the Nerds II begins with the nerds who formed Lambda Lambda Lambda at Adams College, leaders from an inclusive fraternity that overcame prejudice to become heroes, as witnessed in the first film. Now they must take their mission national at the United Fraternity Conference in Fort Lauderdale. There, they hope to increase the bonds of brotherhood, set new and less discriminatory guidelines, and to get laid. Once in Florida, however, they find that the Alpha Betas have once again...

Duration:00:13:43

Revenge of the Nerds (1984) | Jeff Kanew

12/4/2020
Best friends Louis (Robert Carradine and Gilbert (Anthony Edwards) head off to Adams College together only to find that the jocks that belong to the fraternity called Alpha Beta have taken over the dorms after they burn down their own frat house. In order to stop having to live in the gym, the former dorm residents must try to get into a fraternity or sorority of their own, but Lewis and Gilbert, along with several other misfits, are all shunned away -- because they are nerds. Since no one...

Duration:00:18:50

Real Genius (1985) | Martha Coolidge

11/27/2020
Real Genius centers on several students at Pac Tech, an institution esteemed for its technological breakthroughs. They're currently working on a project to build a high-powered laser. The project is led by an egotistical professor and TV science show host named Jerry Hathaway (William Atherton), who has been employed by a clandestine group within the Pentagon for Operation Crossbow, whereby the military will use the laser to vaporize targets from space with sniper-like precision. Enter...

Duration:00:25:38

Weird Science (1985) | John Hughes

11/20/2020
Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) are a pair of best friend suburban Chicago high school geeks tired of being everyone else's doormat and wanting to have girlfriends of their own. When the traditional methods prove to be of no avail, the duo decides to use Wyatt's computer skills to work by creating a virtual girlfriend for them to ask questions to. However, their digital concoction actually comes to life in the form of a smart, gorgeous, and magically gifted woman...

Duration:00:26:58

Electric Dreams (1984) | Steve Barron

11/13/2020
A San Francisco-based architect named Miles Harding buys a new computer to help him stay organized and on schedule, as well as to assist in the design of a brick that will hold a building together through an earthquake. Realizing that it has the potential to streamline everything in his life, Miles uses it to control everything in his apartment, providing a security system, making his coffee, and turning on and off his lights. Miles wants to give it more power, tapping it into a major...

Duration:00:23:41

Demon Seed (1977) | Donald Cammell

11/6/2020
Demon Seed's story is set 20 years in the future, Proteus IV is a new, highly advanced computer that scientists at the ICON Institute (International Control Corporation) spent eight years constructing as a massively powerful synthetic version of the organic human brain, hoping to use it for the financial success of the conglomerate funding the project. Proteus is capable of absorbing all human knowledge, though without an understanding of our psychological, sociological, moral, or ethical...

Duration:00:26:32

Saturn 3 (1980) | Stanley Donen

10/30/2020
In the future, Earth is a polluted wasteland. People have resorted to drugs and promiscuity while relying on off-world food production systems for salvation. Research chemists Major Adam (Kirk Douglas), his young assistant/lover Alex (Farrah Fawcett), and their dog Sally are the sole residents of the subterranean Experimental Food Research Station on Saturn's third moon, Titan. Unable to maintain quota for the last three years, Earth decides to dispatch another scientist to help them meet...

Duration:00:26:57

Outland (1981) | Peter Hyams

10/22/2020
Sometime in the future, humans establish a mining operation on Io, a volcanic moon orbiting Jupiter, a week's distance from the nearest space station. The mining base is currently shattering records for productivity. Sean Connery is William T. O'Niel (Sean Connery), in his second week of a one-year stint as the federal district marshal of this isolated space community. "Work hard, play hard" is the motto of the mining operation's general manager, Mark Sheppard (Peter Boyle), who touts...

Duration:00:25:58

Total Recall (1990) | Paul Verhoeven

10/16/2020
Set on Earth of the future, where we've already mastered the ability for space travel to through the solar system, and even set up colonies on Mars, Total Recall surrounds a lowly construction worker named Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who has recently been plagued by a recurring dream of being on Mars. His doting wife (Sharon Stone) tells Doug it's just a dream, but there's something in the events of the dreams that makes him curious to find out more about the red planet. Seeing an...

Duration:00:28:07

They Live (1988) | John Carpenter

10/9/2020
This sci-fi actioner stars "Rowdy" Roddy Piper (yes, the ex-pro wrestler) as Nada, a drifter desperately in need of a decent job. He lands a temp job at a construction site, but strange doings in the church across the street cause him to investigate, and after the place is raided he discovers what looks like ordinary sunglasses have special lenses to be able to see the world for what it really is. Unfortunately, the world just so happens to be inhabited by an alien race who have taken over...

Duration:00:30:46

V: The Final Battle (1984) | Richard T. Heffron

10/2/2020
In this three-part TV miniseries sequel, the Resistance is fending off the pressing Visitors, who continue to fool the people of Earth by controlling the media, while depleting the planet of precious water and rounding up humans for food. The resistance scientists hope, hoping to find a weakness in the overpowering Visitor defenses that will help them turn the tide of the war. However, the Visitors still manage to gain the upper hand, especially when they capture Resistance leader Juliet...

Duration:00:32:06

V – The Original Miniseries (1983) | Kenneth Johnson

9/25/2020
The people of Earth are visited and befriended by a human-like race from outer space inhabiting massive spacecraft, 50 of them measuring three miles in diameter, hovering over cities throughout the world. These newcomers speak Earth's languages fluently, though they have distinct electronic-sounding voices and are so sensitive to light that they frequently wear sunglasses. They're called the Visitors by the people of Earth. They've come to our planet for resources that we can manufacture for...

Duration:00:29:29