Mon
May 7 2012 10:00am

It Was the Summer of ’82

Some of us were infants, while others of us were riding skateboards shouting at the top of our lungs that Raiders of the Lost Ark would never be surpassed as the greatest film ever. Some of us weren’t even born yet. But exactly thirty summers ago, it was 1982, and an army of famous genre films hit the movie screens. The Alamo Drafhouse in Austin, TX is celebrating this memorable time by screening all of these films throughout this summer. Below, the Tor.com staff chimes in with our thoughts and memories on each of these (mostly) classic films.

The Drafhouse originally choose 8 movies, but then expanded the list. We’ve included their whole list below, but check out this great trailer they made for the initial 8:

On to the films!

 

Vice Squad (May 9)

Ryan: What?

Emily: Who?

Irene: Errr....

Bridget: I’ve got nothing, either, so here’s a fun fact: Vice Squad star Wings Hauser apparently provided the vocals on the film’s opening and closing theme song, “Neon Slime.” That sentence has the primal stink of the Eighties all over it...

 

 

Conan the Barbarian (May 11)

Ryan: My memories of Conan are a little fuzzy. I feel like I saw both back to back on video and/or cable, and I like Conan: The Destroyer way more. I’m sure Conan purists would say I was crazy, but really, there’s a giant snake AND Grace Jones in that one.

Emily: This movie came at me in bits and pieces, but I remember loving the absurdity of it. I agree, though, The Destroyer was better. Grace Jones was terrifying.

Irene: I was 12 in ’82 and I have two older brothers — somehow, we came out of the theatre with my mom proclaiming it to be fantastic. As a kid, two scenes freaked me out and remain clear to me to this day — the boy Conan holding his mother’s lopped off hand and Thulsa Doom’s slave girl jumping off the balcony. The movie’s lasting effect on us, however, was listening to the soundtrack in the car, (on cassette, of course) for months. All in the all, it’s a movie I say I love but I’m a little sacred to watch it again (see: The Suck Fairy). Also, guys, anyone that places Grace above James Earl gets two demerits.

Bridget: Nope, I’m with Ryan and Emily, here: Grace Jones > James Earl Jones, at least when it comes to the Conan movies. It’s a shame there weren’t more sequels — I would pay good money to see Schwarzenegger take on an all-Jones army (George, Davy, Shirley, Tommy Lee, Spike...it could have been epic).

 

The Road Warrior (May 18)

Ryan: Again, this is a situation where I really preferred the next sequel. If you don’t have Tina Turner, and you don’t have Thunderdome, I don’t understand why I’m watching.

Emily: Small me liked its color palette and ridiculous costumes. And that’s about all I ever recall of it.

Irene: I work with children! Man, I saw this in the theater and loved it. Australia was so exotic to my pre-teen suburban mind. I loved the action, the copter pilot for comedic relief, and the dark ironic ending. And, come to think of it, it may have been the first time I came across a gay character in media. Certainly it was the most matter-of-fact depiction of a gay relationship I had seen at that point. (Also, I remember my brother making the leg-brace and gun as part of a costume. And that was cool.)

Bridget: Again, I’m with Ryan on this...without Aunty Entity and an excuse to chant “Master Blaster,” I’m a little lost, but I remember thinking it would be great to be a badass feral kid, armed with a boomerang. Part of me still does, if we’re being honest.

 

Rocky III (May 25)

Ryan: God, I’m a broken record here. Rocky III is inferior to Rocky IV in every conceivable way. Yes, he fights Apollo Creed in this one, but Rocky IV has Ivan Drago in it. All of the Rockys (Rockies?) after the first one are awful, awful, awful. But, if you’re going to watch one, it should be the one with the most kitsch appeal, which isn’t Rocky III.

Emily: All the Rocky movies kind of meld into one mega-movie for me. I have a feeling this is better than any of the movies individually.

Irene: Is this the “Eye of the Tiger” one? If so, I hated it if only because you couldn’t escape references to it. Or the song. Sorry, Rambo killed all Stallone movies for me.

Bridget: Yes, this is the “Eye of the Tiger” one. Guys, I’m from Philly. I grew up with that crazy statue of Rocky at the entrance to the art museum; my feelings are complex, and also if I say anything bad I can never go home again, so let’s just go with, “Boo, hiss, Mr. T! RIP, Burgess Meredith.” And of course, the love story between Rocky and Apollo Creed is pretty great, too.

 

Poltergeist (June 1)

Ryan: Scared me too much as a child. Have never watched it since.

Emily: This was one of my favorites growing up. So scary, but for some reason the kind of scary I could handle. Any time it was on, my parents and I watched it. People disappearing into televisions, evil money-grubbing men messing with graves, and the coolest lady psychic who ever saved a whole family from a host of vengeful spirits. There is nothing about this movie that I would change.

Irene: I so remember watching this through my fingers. Terrifying without being the kind of teen-torture movie so prevalent in horror movies of the time. I wonder how it holds up?

Bridget: I love Poltergeist. Fantastic cast, Spielberg at the absolute height of his creative powers — it manages to be so scary, and so much fun at the same time. I definitely think it holds up, at least for me. And I still hate that horrible, freaky clown doll, after all these years.

 

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan  (June 3)

Ryan: Obviously this was my favorite movie for a certain period of grade school. As an adult, I think Nicholas Meyer is 100% responsible for saving Star Trek and making it a viable, mainstream concept. That being said, the standards this movie set for Star Trek have been emulated over and over again with mixed results. I’ve said it before; Star Trek needs to get over Khan, or it will be powered by nothing but nostalgia.

Bridget: I will defer to the Trek experts on this one. I’m busy trying to come up with the perfect mashup of “Montalbán” and “Cumberbatch.” It’s...not going well.

Chris: Monberban?

Emily: Can’t talk about it, still too busy crying over Spock’s death scene.

Chris: Cumblematch.

Irene: I’ll also leave this to our Trek guys above, but this made up for the Star Trek: The Motion Sickness debacle, and then some.

Chris: Cheesequake?

 

Escape 2000 (June 6)

Ryan: Always wanted to rent this from the local video store. Awesome movie poster.

Emily: I’m wary of anything with 2000 in the title. Except 2001.

Bridget: Also known as Turkey Shoot, or Blood Camp Thatcher. I actually think this sounds like a lot of weird fun, maybe? Has anyone actually seen it?

 

 

 

 

E.T. (June 8)

Ryan: A nearly perfect movie. My rage over Spielberg taking out the guns and replacing them with walkie-talkie in the DVD release is even stronger than being upset by the changes in Star Wars by George Lucas. This is probably because this is technically the first movie I ever saw. I was in a car seat while my parents watched it in the drive-in.

Emily: Add this to the list of films that led to my expectation that I should have either a robot or an alien for a best friend. Honestly, I always thought the greatest triumph of this movie was making it so easy for viewers to tap into the emotions of those kids. All I have to do is look at Elliott and I tear up.

Irene: Here’s one that I waited on line for hours to see. We were already big Spielberg fans from CE3K (which, to tell the truth, I liked better than Star Wars, then and now) and from Raiders (the best movie ever.) It did not disappoint. Outsider kid with older, D&D-playing, siblings, this was me! (The full set of E.T. cards I collected as a kid are right behind me in my office.)

Bridget: In E.T., and also Close Encounters, Spielberg does such an amazing job of capturing suburbia — with affectionate familiarity, but also with a sense of what’s really missing, deep down. Even though it’s a mega-blockbuster, E.T. still feels like a deeply personal, sincere film, at least to me.

 

The Sword and the Sorcerer (June 20)

Ryan: Never seen it. But can it be better than Dungeons and Dragons with Jeremy Irons? Can anything?

Emily: Didn’t see it either. It doesn’t look like many people did....

Bridget: I may have seen this? Or I might be confusing it with an episode of Mystery Science Theater. How about we just watch Willow instead? Willow is awesome.

 

 

 

 

The Thing  (June 22)

Ryan: What a perfect horror film. I will never watch it again, because I will then worry I am the Thing.

Irene: I’d really like to see this again — it would be almost new to me. I can’t remember if I saw it in the theater or on cable. Either way, it was a bit harsh for pre-teen me. I don’t think I really undertood the paranoia it evoked. Funny, I certainly undertood being scared (and loved Alien for it) but I wonder if paranoia is an emotion you pick up later in life? The only thing I truly remember about it is Harlan Ellison at I-CON calling it “attack of the spaghetti people.”

Emily: Yeah, this one got me. Can’t watch it again.

Bridget: Nice. Screening The Thing, in Texas, in the middle of summer, actually sounds like a pretty brilliant move. And since the Alamo serves alcohol, you’ve got the makings of a fantastic drinking game...

 

The Secret of NIMH (July 1)

Ryan: A no-look, reverse slam-dunk. I’ve read Mrs. Frisby and The Rats of Nimh numerous times, and the subsequent book report in 4th grade achieved near Ulysses status in my mind. The movie is a fine adaptation of a great kid’s book, and considering what it depicts, fairly risky.

Emily: I count this among a special list of films called “They Did What in Animation?” It one of those movies that you love as a kid, then you watch it when you’re older and think... I liked some really twisted stuff. They are the best kinds of movies.

Bridget: I actually have a post coming up about this movie — one of my favorites, and one I try to watch every few years (all the best kids’ movies are pretty twisted, right? See also: The Last Unicorn, below).

Irene: How did I not see this!? I was the perfect age. I’ll rent it after I read Bridget’s essay on it.

 

Tron (July 6)

Ryan: One of my very best friends watches Tron every year on his birthday. He’s the only person I know who can quote every single line. It’s a terrible movie that makes almost no sense (“pure energy?” What?) but I love it because it’s a terrible movie.

Irene: I remember, even as a kid, wanting to like this movie more than I did. “A” for effort, but it fell flat.

Emily: It’s great and all, but I prefer Jeff Bridges in Starman.

Bridget: Whoa, Emily. Wow. Okay, I love this movie as camp, but that’s as far as I can go. I didn’t see it until I was older, though, so maybe I missed the window where every single thing about it didn’t seem intentionally ridiculous (in a really fun way!).

 

Pink Floyd’s The Wall (July 9)

Ryan: Whatever.

Irene: Whatever? Ryan! I saw this at my older brother’s college screening. Meat grinders, animation, no eyebrows! This was so perfect for a “non-conformist” snot teen. I felt so edgy. Also, it was one of the first records I ever bought with my own money.

Emily: It’s Pink Floyd, what more do you want? (Though if I’m perfectly honest, I’d watch The Who’s Tommy first.)

Bridget: Cool. Personally, I would probably just sync up Dark Side of the Moon and The Wizard of Oz, but only because I prefer Judy Garland to Bob Geldof.

 

Class of 1984 (July 10)

Ryan: What is this?

Emily: It’s a class you were not in, Ryan. Don’t despair.

Bridget: I have seen the sequel to the sequel of this movie (thanks, Cinemax!): Class of 1999 II: The Substitute. It’s my opinion that we should all despair.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday the 13th Part 3 3D (July 13)

Ryan: Proof that 3D movies have sucked for a long, long time.

Emily: Did they think 3D was clever because it was part 3? Ugh.

Bridget: If you’re into the Friday the 13th movies at all, this is arguably one of the “better” ones (and Jason wears a hockey mask for the first time — cinema history in the making, people. Smell the glamour).

Irene: Never saw it, and my memory is extremely dim on Part 1.

 

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (July 17)

Ryan: Isn’t this a movie with Nicholas Cage?

Emily: Is it the Cage movie with the bees in it?

Chris: I think it’s the Cage movie where he loses his hand and marries Cher.

Bridget: In all seriousness, this is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I remember renting it with my brother, because we thought the cover of the VHS looked spooky and awesome — turns out it has nothing to do with Michael Myers and everything to do with total idiocy. This movie makes Nicholas Cage and his bees look like (sweaty) Hepburn and (angry, swarming) Tracy.

Irene: I kinda/sorta rememebr Part 1. And, really, why would you ever need more...parts?

Chris: Parts is parts.

 

Q: The Winged Serpent (July 24)

Ryan: Something to love about high-concept 80s fantasy films: the posters make a terrible movie look totally sick. I’m sure this movie is unwatchable, but I would put that poster up in my apartment right now.

Emily: Candy Clark and David Carradine are in this?! This movie must be brilliant. (Though the plot sounds the same as that ’98 Godzilla remake.)

Bridget: Also starring Richard Roundtree, as Not-Shaft. I love the tagline: “Its name is Quetzalcoatl... just call it Q, that’s all you’ll have time to say before it tears you apart!” ...wait, what? I want to know exactly how much cocaine went into the making of this film.

Irene: Ryan, I was going to say the same about the poster! And amazingly enough, I am now good friends with Boris [Vallejo]. Life is so strange.

 

The Dark Crystal (July 28)

Ryan: Another film that scared the crap out of me when I was a kid, and is still hard for me to watch now. But, it’s quite brilliant. Also a little unsettling when you find out it’s not a documentary, and these creatures are puppets and not real things.

Emily: I was a little older when I actually saw this film for the first time (a teenager rather than a little kid). It was probably for the best; none of the imagery scarred me for life, and I really appreciated the message. It’s also just plain beautiful to look at. Brian Froud FTW again.

Bridget: I wrote about The Dark Crystal during Muppet Week, and it is gorgeous — it would be a thrill to see it on the big screen.

Irene: Bridget wrote so well about this movie during Muppet Week. I’ll just add that despite it not being the best story, it had a tremendous effect on me as a kid. Henson’s dedication to storytelling and craft is undeniable. I drew from the “Art Of ” books for years. The visuals were so ingrained into the story itself — it made me realize the power of collaboration to create a larger, more immersive world.

 

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (August 12)

Ryan: There is a way for me to care less about this movie, but mostly I think I’d rather watch Weird Science.

Emily: Weird Science all the way. Mostly for the Oingo Boingo theme song.

Bridget: I have no idea how this holds up — probably not very well — but I remember really liking Judge Reinhold and Ray Walston and Baby Sean Penn in it when I was little. And sometimes I like to use the word “spicoli” as a verb.

Irene: Checkered sneakers is all I got.

 

The Last Unicorn (August 25)

Ryan: Read the book when I was very young and wept at a level which was appropriate for my age (21.) Never saw the film. Seeing a unicorn is supposed to be a really big deal, so if I see the last one, then I’m screwed for life, right? I think I’d rather delay this inevitable disappointment for as long as possible.

Emily: Confession time — never seen this movie, never read the book. I know, these are huge gaps if I’m ever going to earn that degree in unicornology.

Bridget: Another post in the works, actually — love the book, but I was straight up obsessed with this movie as a kid. I remember being four or five and demanding to dress up all in white all the time (which I’m sure my mom loved), and I’ve really never stopped watching it, over the years. It’s so strange, and so unlike anything else I liked as a child. Brilliant.

Irene: Emily, me too! Let’s form a support group. Or at least a viewing party.


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23 comments
S Cooper
1. SPC
Bridget, so The Last Unicorn holds up as an adult? I was totally obsessed with it as a child too, and I snapped it up when I found it on DVD a few years ago, but it's still wrapped in plastic because I've been too scared to watch it and ruin my memories.
Danny Bowes
2. DannyBowes
You all know I love you, but Road Warrior is an infinitely better movie than Beyond Thunderdome.
David Levinson
3. DemetriosX
I turned 20 that summer and I went to the movies a lot, including quite a few low-budget films nobody saw, and I've never heard of about half of these. It was obviously a great year for genre films, but either they should have gone with fewer or searched a little harder.
Lsana
4. Lsana
I looked at the list of movies coming out in 2012 and thought there looked to be about 6 that I wanted to see. I thought, "Wow, this has got to be about the best year for movies ever!" And then I look at this list, not even of ALL movies that came out in 1982, but just those that came out in the summer, and I think there were about 9 on there that I want to see.

I don't think it's just nostalgia. I think Hollywood really has gone way downhill.
Lsana
5. wiredog
In the summer of 82 I was 17...

I watched The Wall while tripping so many times that I can't watch it anymore. Instant flashback fuel.

Road Warrior was the best of the Mad Max movies.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High was excellent! "My Dad has the ultuimate set of tools!"

Scared the bejeezus out of my girlfriend at Poltergeist. I was seeing the movie for the second time, and she didn't know I was in the theater. After the clown disappeared? I snuck up behind her and grabbed her shoulders. ...
Lsana
6. Dr. Thanatos
I was 26 that year and here's my take:

Conan The Meathead: worth it only to see Ahnold give his speech on his approach to the fairer sex...
Road Warrior: Don't like Mel. Don't like this series.
Rocky III: 2nd best of series after 1. "My prediction for the fight? Pain." Go Clubber!
Poltergeist: Fun flick. Still use the phrase "Look into the light. Don't go into the light" while examining patients. Most of whom have never heard of this film. Fear for the future of our country.
Wrath of Khan: Up there with Trek Saves tthe Whales. Kirstey Alley in a tight Starfleet outfit! Montalban eating scenery! Checkov vs the earwig! What's not to like?
ET: Not as gung ho now as when I first saw it. Want my kids to see it. Gimme my Reeses!
The Thing: Skip to the 1950's version. Blood sucking carrots from outer space do not need multiple remakes.
Tron: Fun film. Perhaps best appreciated by those of us who played the videogame.
The Dark Crystal: Wierd flick. Good midnight movie; don't know if I'd run to see it again.
Fast Times: Come on, I was a young adult and most of what I remember from that movie was Phoebe Cates and Jennifer Jason Leigh and their minimalist fashion choices. Animal House for a different generation.

The other films are either forgotten to me (cheezewhiz sword/sorcery flicks) or of no interest at that time or now (stoopid teens vs misunderstood proponent of evolution wielding a bloody implement of justice).

No question it was a good summer overall; I don't know if I would have made a list this long...
Bridget McGovern
7. BMcGovern
@SPC: I think it holds up, although I don't think I've ever gone more than a year or two without watching it--it's one of the few movies I can just put on any time and be instantly drawn in. I also think reading the book makes for a richer viewing experience, comparing and contrasting the two; I think both versions stand on their own, but it's interesting to explore the differences between them (and of course, Beagle's prose is hauntingly gorgeous :)
j p
8. sps49
That's all y'all can say about Fast Times? Really? This movie was very good and debuted a lot of talent. It's like Clueless with the Phoebe Cates bonus!

The Sword and the Sorceror had a memorable triple-bladed sword (very impractical, yes) which could fire the 2nd and 3rd blades at an opponent. The villain was performed well, and the plot wasn't totally stupid.

Conan the Barbarian had the snake and James Earl Jones; it was okay except for the stupid Wheel of Pain and cagefighting origin. Conan the Destroyer had Grace Jones; who is just meh for me. But the 2nd movie was more fun, while avoiding too much stupidity.
Lsana
9. yenny
The Last Unicorn was my favorite film as a child, and I still love it. The music is absolutely gorgeous. I have to say, though, when I rewatched it as an adult, I could not believe that they got away with putting that scene with the talking tree in there. I still only own it on VHS--I'm a bit worried about buying the DVD because I heard that they sped it up slightly and edited the scene where Molly first meets the unicorn. Apparently, they didn't think it was appropriate for her to say "Damn you!" in a children's movie (even though they didn't seem to have any problem with the talking tree scene--seriously, I do not understand how the minds of children's censors work).

I watched The Wrath of Khan for the first time a few months ago and really liked it. It holds up surprisingly well, despite the matte paintings. Good practical effects look better than bad CGI, that's for sure.

I have to admit, those are the only two films on this list that I've seen. I'm interested in seeing The Secret of NIMH (I liked the book, I remember) and The Dark Crystal, since I've heard good things about them.
Christopher Turkel
10. Applekey
Escape 2000 was brilliantly riffed by Mst3k. Make sure you leave the Bronx.
James Whitehead
11. KatoCrossesTheCourtyard
Rocky III - Needed to stop at Rocky II.

Wrath of Khan - When the Trek creators remembered that it wasn't about special effects (I'm looking at you VGer) it was about the characters, their interactions, and a great script. Plus Montalban is so believably unhinged/over the top it's fantastic.

The Dark Crystal - Saw this with my younger brother & mother; she was worried I was 'too old' for it. I wasn't & loved it.

Conan the Barbarian - Better than the second. The climatic battle is fabulous & has great music. Grace Jones was fun, but the first was definitely better. Plus I have to agree that JE Jones wins out. ;-)

The Secret of NIMH - Great flick & good animation that wasn't Disney; which was rare at the time.

ET - Saw it & loved it. Haven't seen it in 20 years so I'm not sure how it would hold up for me.

Pink Floyd's The Wall - Deep, man; like, totally. Album is better than the movie. Never, ever, see this with people who are lets say, 'experienced,' unless you are as well, as they'll explain to you in excruciating detail how deep a movie it was. Also like Tommy better.

Fast Times at Ridegmont High - Loved it for all the reasons a teenage boy should. Spicoli grates on me now, though. ;-)

Kato
Lsana
12. jab365
Umm, forget something? Here's a clue. The same guy that played Han Solo and Indiana Jones in some crazy movie about artificial people with some legendary flying car shots and Rutger Hauer being all nuts and ... yeah. It came out in June of '82
Leigh Butler
13. leighdb
You guys crack me up.

I loved Poltergeist as a kid even though the scene where the guy rips his own face off seriously freaked me out. We used to unnerve my mother by tuning the TV to a dead station and reenacting the "They're HERE" scene.

Also, I really need to rewatch The Last Unicorn and see if it's as messed-up as I remember it being.
Michael Burke
15. Ludon
The real scarry thing about Q: The Winged Serpent was that Michael Moriarty sang a song.

For me, the best thing about Fast Times was that it made a whole new generation aware of Ray Walston. I loved him in this, in Picket Fences and as Boothby on ST:TNG, but for me, he was always Uncle Martin from My Favorite Martian.

The Dark Crystal did have a weak story but the world they created was so full that it gave me plenty to make up a few stories of my own.

E.T. entertains when I do see it, but I never feel compelled to go out of my way to see it. Though, a few times now I've thought about editing together E.T. and A.I. to make a real twisted story.

I was at the right age to notice and admire how things the characters said and did near the beginning of Poltergeist came back to haunt them later in the film. "When it rots, can we dig it up and look at the bones?"

I've seen all but two on this list but these were the ones I felt like commenting on this evening.
Lsana
16. wingracer
Phoebe Cates

And that's all I have to say.
alastair chadwin
17. a-j
Not seen all of these, but those that I have:

Conan the Barbarian
A guilty pleasure. Remember a body builder explaining that no way would Conan look like that after several years pushing a wheel round.

Mad Max II
As it was called in the UK. Loved that film and the groan of disappointment from the men in the audience when his gun fails to go off put pay to any lingering doubts I may have had about guns having a certain phallic symbolism

Poltergeist
Great fun. One of my mother's favourite films.

Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
Didn't see this at the cinema as fell asleep during ST: TMP. Mind you, so did James Doohan at the world premiere.

The Thing
There was an urban myth doing the rounds that someone died at a screening of this in Edinburgh. Was publicised as the goriest film to get a cinema release in Britain.

Tron
Main memory of this is that I couldn't tell the characters apart.

The Wall
Pretentious tosh of the worst order. Have a soft spot for this film as it was my first serious girlfriend's favourite.

Halloween III: The Season of the Witch
Ah, one of the great 'could have been' had Joe Dante stayed on and Nigel Kneale's (of Quatermass greatness) script not been so watered down that he sued to have his name removed.
Lsana
18. Connor Cochran
Bridget & Irene -- The best possible LAST UNICORN viewing party is on the way. I'm organizing a digital screening tour that will, over the course of a two-year period, trek round the entire United States. Each screening will be in a 4K theater, with Peter S. Beagle in attendance to do a pre-show audience Q&A, and there will be all kinds of cool stuff for sale. Having put on a few test screenings I can tell you there's nothing quite like seeing THE LAST UNICORN on the big screen with an audience full of fellow fans and their friends and families. It's going to be a blast. Watch the main LAST UNICORN Facebook page for details, which will be posted once they are ready to announce.

SPC -- I'm biased by being Peter's business manager, but yes, there is still plenty there for adults. Peter did simplify it a lot from his book, because the goal was a kid's movie. But a good deal of the deeper nature of the story still comes through.

BMcGovern -- You might also find the recent graphic novel adaptation from IDW interesting. It's yet a third variant, and very well done.

Yenny: Last pitch, really -- but since you mention THE LAST UNICORN's music (which was all by Jimmy Webb), I should also mention that later this year a *complete* soundtrack with all 70 minutes of music from the movie will finally be coming out in the States. Prior to this the only version you could get was a 40-minute import from Germany. The DVD speed-up problem you mention was created because the source material for the 25th Anniversary DVD was the remastered German video release, and since their video uses a different frame rate it can't be converted 1-for-1 properly (the push is slight, but does bother some people). The censoring is more serious, and happened because some conservative mothers complained to WalMart in 2004 and WalMart refused to continue carrying the title until it was "fixed." Thankfully, last year's Blu-ray release corrects both of these issues. It is not speeded up, and you can hear all the "damns" just fine if you select the original audio track instead of the 25th Anniversary audio track.
Rich Bennett
19. Neuralnet
LOL... ah the memories, this was a good summer. I was 11 or 12 and just a bike ride away from the theater. (and for some reason they let you into any movie... who cares about the rating). My friends and I all had parents that worked and basically they left us to our own devices all summer.... so we saw almost all of these movies.

I really remember one thing about The sword and the Sorcerer... The main character had a three bladed sword that shot the blades out. we immediately incoporated a version of it into our D&D characters LOL

I also vividly remember watching poltergeist and coming home to chicken for dinner, which kind of grossed me out because I couldnt get the scene out of my head with a decomposing piece of chicken in it.

Khhhaaaaaannnnn!!!
Shelly wb
20. shellywb
I just glanced through movie listings from back then on Wiki. 1977 and 1979 were great years too. They truly don't make 'em like they used to (though I squee'd all the way though The Avengers yesterday). Now get off my lawn.
Lsana
21. Helen G.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High is actually a really great film and holds up well. And by holds up well, I don't think I actually saw until I was 30, so... no sentimental attachment for me. It came out when I was five.

It dealt with some pretty heavy issues most teen movies (still) don't. It was pretty smart and self aware. And it was funny. Not your average teen sex comedy
Kristoff Bergenholm
22. Magentawolf
I can't believe all of these movies were made in '82... I'm 30 now, so make of that what you will.

I've seen many of these movies multiple times, and would still watch them again; I'm not sure I can say that of any movie produced here in 2012.
Lsana
23. Alsatia
I tried to watch Q: The Winged Serpent about a month ago. My husband agrees that even the topless sunbather scene is pretty unwatchable. The poster is indeed the only good thing about this film! :)
William S. Higgins
24. higgins
I recall Q: The Winged Serpent as somewhat more intelligent that I expected a monster movie to be, and fairly solid two-star entertainment. Don't dismiss it out of hand.

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