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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Underrated '86 - Dale Lloyd

Dale Lloyd is a giant in the VHS collecting community who can be found on Twitter @VivaVHS.
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The Occupational Killer
A film I will continue to champion until my last breath. A Mexican drug-pushing thrill ride from minute one. Opens with a child getting snatched in a supermarket, insides pulled out and replaced with drugs, then his dead body used as a mule to get the contents across the border. Cue an assassin, 10,000 bullets a scene and one of the greatest front door openings in cinema history. Not to be missed, and then you can try (and fail) to track down the 'prequel'.

A favourite of mine from the director of Prom Night and Humongous and released the year after Striking Back(aka The New Kids), this for me is the better movie, albeit a marginal victory. Standard theme; family moves to a small town and are terrorised by the locals. For the Spader this one lacks, it sure makes up for with sleazy violence and unrivalled tension. Big fan.

Modern Girls
I knew nothing about this movie until a few years back, totally slipped under my radar. I was on the hunt to complete one-night movies and this popped up on a random list, and I was not disappointed. So much heart, charm and fun packed into its run time, I was grinning from ear to ear the whole way through. A proper 80s feel-good movie. Did I mention the killer soundtrack?

Off Beat
I know, I know... Judge Reinhold and Meg Tilly paired together as the stars in a Touchstone movie. Well, it just plain works. Helped by a ridiculous premise which sees Reinhold pose, not only as a police officer, but also as the lead in a dance production in order to get closer to Meg Tilly's character. Meg Tilly packs a punch, too! Look out for Harvey Keitel and John Turturro, who both turn up in small scenes.
Hawk Jones
My god! Surely one of the top 10 "You Have to See This" movies you scream to all of your friends and film lovers alike, let alone a great movie from 1986. Imagine your junior school play to be a buddy cop action thriller. It's insane how this got made, but I am forever thankful that it did. If someone has recommended this to you and you're putting it off, you're a fool, but stop the foolishness immediately. Bugsy Malone can kiss my ass.

Thunder Run
I love trucker movies but didn't manage to catch this one until a few years back and was hugely impressed. It's essentially a re-telling of The Wages of Fear/Sorcerer with added gangs that are set out to steal the plutonium from the truck using any means necessary. You get flame flowers, grenades and even a laser tunnel(!), and it features a truck jump more impressive than Speed. I also refuse to believe Mad Max: Fury Road wasn't just a *little* bit inspired by this movie.

'86 was a good year...

Other Greats;
3:15, 52 Pick Up, Lucas, Mayhem, 8 Million Ways to Die, Killer Party

1 comment:

beamish13 said...

Great list. I rented HAWK JONES from Cinefile Video in L.A. a number of years ago. It really is a tremendous..."achievement"? Little wonder that the EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE! crew adores it.