EIGHTIES CULT SPACE FILMS!
What follows is 6 of my childhood’s beloved space films. They were all spawned by the success of Star Wars and all watched again and again on VHS tapes I borrowed from a video-club called “Quick Film” circa 1986.
- Battlestar Galactica (1979) - the pilot of the TV series cost so much, that Universal Studios released it theatrically as a feature-film.
- Flash Gordon (1980) Big space opera produced by Dino De Laurentiis (Barbarella, Conan, Dune etc..) with fabulous, over the top soundtrack by QUEEN!
- Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) Totally a cult film. I shall never forget the entity called Nestor (5 alien clones acting as one), who orchestrates an assassination attempt of space tyrant Sador with a chopped hand. That scene terrified me as a child! Honorable mention to George Peppard of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” fame, appearing as the Space Cowboy!
- The Last Starfighter (1984) - Together with TRON one of cinema’s earliest films to use extensive CGI to depict it’s star-ships, environments and battle scenes.
- Enemy Mine (1985) directed by Wolfgang Petersen. An almost forgotten masterpiece. Dennis Quaid as a human forced to coexist with an reptilian alien on an inhospitable planet. Two species evolving from enemies to friends.
- Flight of the Navigator (1986) Disney film, about a 12-year-old boy named David who is taken on a long ride by an alien spacecraft.
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