It’s coming up to 30 years since the 80’s ended and the further we are from this decade the more we can appreciate how awesome it was.
During the nineties looking back to the 1980’s was like observing a huge mountain of cheese.
Looking back at family photographs everything seemed over the top and oversized.
In hindsight, it’s almost as though people realised they were alive during the greatest period ever, and celebrated by having the biggest hair, broadest shoulders and brightest shirts they could muster.
When I look back to the 80’s in 2018 the cheese mountain is still there, but over time that cheese has matured like a fine Wine. (Awful analogy I know but hopefully you get the picture).
This rings true for movies made during this period. Arguably no decade prior to or since has produced the amount of cult films that the 1980’s did.
It’s hardly surprising the amount of remakes, sequels and televised spin offs this decade has since inspired.
Only recently movie fans were celebrating the news that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have signed on for another instalment of the 1989 original Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and Ron Howard, director of Solo: A Star Wars Story, revealed that there are talks of a sequel to his 1988 fantasy classic Willow. Yes Please!
Eighties movies just keep on giving, and subsequently new waves of generations are falling in love with them just as their parents or even grandparents did.
(My nine year old daughter has recently become obsessed with Beetle Juice)
Many eighties film characters have become immortalised, with movie merchandise ranging from T-shirts, figurines and posters paying homage to these characters still found on the high street to this day.
So many cult movie characters were introduced to us during this awesome decade.
Here are five who have gained legendary status.....
1. E.T. – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982
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When ET was released in 1982 it grossed an enormous 619 million dollars, overtaking Star Wars as the biggest selling movie of all time. It’s no wonder the little friendly alien is still instantly recognisable in 2018.
2. Betelgeuse - Beetlejuice 1988
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Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice grossed over 73 million dollars, inspiring a whole range of merchandise, computer games, and even an epic cartoon series. There’s recently been talk of a sequel. Let’s home it's as awesome as the original.
3. Freddy Kruegar – A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984
When A Nightmare on Elm Street hit cinemas in 1984 a horror icon was born. Freddy went on to feature in 5 sequels, two spin offs (New Nightmare and Freddy Vs Jason) and a 2010 remake. Everything from fancy dress costumes to collectible figures are still popular among Freddy Fans.
4. The Ghostbusters - Ghostbusters 1984
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The Ghostbusters Logo is arguably the most iconic movie logo ever. In the 80's it was found on everything from cereal boxes and sweet packets to wallpaper and children’s toys. Such was the popularity of this movie that even the theme song was a number one hit. Ghostbusters went on to inspire a 1989 sequel, an epic animated series and most recently a 2016 remake.
It’s no surprise everybody's favourite ghost hunting scientists are still hugely popular to this day.
5. Gizmo – Gremlins 1984
Gizmo, a furry creature known as a Mogwai was introduced to us in the 1984 hit movie Gremlins. Christmas of 1984 every kid wanted a stuffed Gizmo from Santa. In 2018 the only thing that’s changed is that many middle-aged adults would love one too.
There are so many others characters born during this great decade that we couldn’t leave it at just five..
Other shout outs go to Chucky, Jason Voorhees, The Predator, The Terminator, Marty Mcfly and Doc Brown.
Who is your favourite 80’s movie character?
Let us know if theres anyone we've missed….