Tuesday, 27 January 2015

80 From the 80s - The Lost Boys

The Lost Boys

Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire
Studio: Warner Bros. :::::::::: Release Date: 31st July 1987
Director: Joel Schumacher :::::::::: Starring: Jason Patric, Keifer Sutherland
Budget: $8.5M :::::::::: 2015 Equivalent: $17.9M
U.S Box Office: $32.2M :::::::::: 2015 Equivalent: $67.4M

When Michael and Sam move to Santa Carla with their mother, they’re all hoping for a new start. But when Michael falls in with a bad crowd who have a taste for blood, it’ll be left to Sam and the Frog Brothers to battle the creatures of the night and save Michael’s soul before its too late…

Saturday, 17 January 2015

80 From the 80s - Fletch

Meet the only guy who changes his identity more often than his underwear.
Studio: Universal Release ::::::::::  Date: 31st May 1985
Director: Michael Ritchie :::::::::: Starring: Chevy Chase
Budget: $8M :::::::::: 2015 Equivalent: $17.7M
U.S Box Office: $50.8M :::::::::: 2015 Equivalent: $111.9M
Posing as a beach bum while investigating the local drug trade, journalist Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher is approached by a well dressed man with a proposal. All Fletch has to do is show up at the man's house, shoot him dead and he'll be rewarded handsomely. Intrigued, and with his drug story stalled, he agrees to the deal and begins to investigate, little suspecting the danger he's about to put himself into. He'll have the story of his career, all he has to do is live long enough to write it.

Friday, 9 January 2015

80 From the 80s - Heathers

Best Friends, Social Trends and Occasional Murder
Studio: New World Pictures :::::::::: Release Date: 31st March 1989
Director: Michael Lehmann :::::::::: Starring: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater
Budget: $3M ::::::::::: 2015 Equivalent: $5.8M
U.S Box Office: $1.1M :::::::::: 2015 Equivalent: $2.1M

 Veronica Sawyer is a reluctant member of the most powerful clique in her high school. Heather Duke, Heather Chandler and Heather McNamara are unrelenting in their judgement of others. But when loner J.D joins the school, Veronica may have just found her ticket out of the popularity game, even if it means murder.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

80 From the 80s - Gremlins

Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous
Studio: Warner Brothers Release :::::::::: Date: 8th June 1984
Director: Joe Dante :::::::::: Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates
Budget: $11M :::::::::: 2015 Equivalent: $25.3M
U.S Box Office: $148.1M :::::::::: 2015 Equivalent: $347.3M
Billy’s new pet, a Mogwai, comes with three simple rules. Never expose it to bright light, never get it wet and most importantly of all, never, ever feed it after midnight. But when all three rules are inadvertently broken, it’s down to Billy, Kate and Gizmo to save the picturesque town of Kingston Falls from the chaos unleashed by Gremlins. 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

80 From the 80s - The Last Starfighter

The Last Starfighter
He’s got one extraordinary chance at the dream of a lifetime
Studio: Universal :::::::::: Release Date: 13th July 1984
Director: Nick Castle :::::::::: Starring: Lance Guest, Robert Preston
Budget: $15M :::::::::: 2015 Equivalent: $34.5M
U.S Box Office: $28.7M :::::::::: 2015 Equivalent: $66M

When trailer park resident Alex Rogan breaks the high score on a Starfighter arcade machine, he doesn't realise he has just proved his worthiness to be a real Starfighter pilot. Visited by the mysterious Centauri, Alex soon finds himself in the middle of an intergalactic war that'll require more than just his skills to win.

Like a number of 1980s movies The Last Starfighter is often forgotten, yet for those who saw it in cinemas, or more likely on video, it remains a much loved gem. Released in July 1984, it broke ground for its revolutionary use of computer graphics but actually owes its inspiration to one of the oldest of legends, that of the sword in the stone. With the popularity of the video arcade still on the rise, writer Jonathan Betuel sought to combine the classical adventure with a modern one, and thus The Last Starfighter was born.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

80 From the 80s - Mannequin

When she comes to life, anything can happen!
Studio: Fox :::::::::: Release Date: 13th February 1987
Director: Mike Gottlieb :::::::::: Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall
Budget: $7.9M :::::::::: 2015 Equivalent: $16.6M
U.S Box Office: $42.7M :::::::::: 2015 Equivalent: $90M

In one of his many jobs, failed artist Jonathan Switcher creates the perfect mannequin. Fired yet again, he later sees his creation in a shop window and sets about getting a job at the store. Much to Jonathan's amazement, he discovers that when he is alone with the mannequin, she comes to life. But the path of true love is never a smooth one, and soon the duo are dealing with an obsessed night watchman, a hostile takeover and Jonathan’s colleagues, who are getting concerned with him talking to a shop dummy....

Saturday, 15 November 2014

80 From the 80s - Romancing the Stone

Romancing the Stone

 She's a girl from the big city. He's a reckless soldier of fortune. For a fabulous treasure, they share an adventure no one could imagine... or survive.

Studio: 20th Century Fox Release Date: 30th March 1984
Director: Robert Zemeckis Starring: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner
Budget: $10M 2015 Equivalent: $23M
U.S Box Office: $76.5M  2015 Equivalent: $175.9M

A director being fired from a movie is a rare occurrence. One being fired from a future project because their current one is so bad, that's something of a one-off. Yet that's exactly what happened to Robert Zemeckis while working on action-adventure Romancing the Stone. The film was a gamble for all involved, but for Zemeckis, it was make or break; failure would signify the end of his short Hollywood career. In the latter half of 1983, the situation wasn't looking good.