Eli’s top 10 bad 80′s movies:
1. “Pandemonium”: Tom Smothers, Paul Reubans, Eve Arden, Carol Kane, Judge Reinhold and Edie McClurg in one comedy/murder mystery!
2. “The Legend of Billie Jean”: A toned down, PG-rated, rebel movie that tapped the same teenage nerves that Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers” would exploit 10 years later. Plus: a kick-ass theme song from Pat Benatar fresh off her smashing runaway-themed “Love is a Battlefield” video!
3. Midnight Madness: Five teams compete in an “all nighter” juvenile humor and bevy of character actors like “Hot Dog: The Movie” star David Naughton, Flounder from Animal House and Twisted Sister video star Stephan Furst, chronic nerd character actor, Eddie Deezen, Paul Reubans and Michael J. Fox’s first ever movie role.
4. “Yellowbeard”: A mock pirate tale that somehow merges the comedic worlds of Mel Brooks, Monty Python and Cheech and Chong!
5. “The New Kids”: A story of middle Florida violence and revenge starring “Full House”‘s Lori Loughlin and the first pairing of Eric Stoltz and James Spader (who would later star together in “Keys to Tulsa” and “Two Days in the Valley”-completing the trifecta).
6. “Heaven Help Us” Five kids in a private school at the mercy of an abusive faculty member with a side story of forbidden love. Very moving for a 10-13 year-olds. Stars Kevin Dillon, Andrew Mcarthy, Donald Sutherland, John Heard and (my personal favorite), geeky character actor Stephan Geoffereys!
7. “Caveman”: Another ensemble cast; Ringo Starr, John Matuszak, Shelley Long, Barbara Bach, Dennis Quaid and the following character actors: Midget star Cork Hubbert, Doritos commercial star Avery Schreiber and Best Supporting Actor Oscar award winner Jack Gilford as the blind caveman Gug.
8. “Wholly Moses” I don’t care what anyone says, this movie is an unsung classic. It boasts a comedic cast like no other: Dudley Moore, Lorraine Newman, James Coco, Richard Pryor, Dom Deluise, Madeline Kahn, John Houseman and John Ritter as the almighty Satan in a hilarious scene following the destruction of Soddam and Gomorra.
9. “Armed and Dangerous” The comedic paring of former “Second City” regulars John Candy and Eugene Levy had light humor coupled with a suddenly violent finale. Also stars a before-Hollywood Meg Ryan and Robert Loggia.
10. “Saturday the 14th” A horror movie spoof starring Richard Benjamin that climax with a dozen cheesy monsters killing the films major stars!
And one extra: “Super Fuzz” This romp starred Earnest Borgnine as the partner of a cop who gained superpowers but abruptly loses them when he sees the color red. That’s right, RED.
Midnight Madness is one of the greatest movies of all time! BAG-A-BEEFE!
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