Category: 80s movies

James Earl Jones as the Zulu warrior-prince Umslopagaas, “Son of Shaka,” in “Alan Quatermain and the City of Gold.”

“Sorceress” (1982). 

“Hawk the Slayer” (1980)

The Last Starfighter movie prop, recreated for a documentary. It is entirely fully functional. 

One of the weirder and more left field scenes in the original Ghostbusters is one where Dan Akroyd’s character receives an intimate visit from a lady ghost.

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This brief sequence is all that remains in the film of a scene cut for time, about a visit to a haunted civil war fort. Harold Ramis explained why it was in the film: 

“The idea behind the scene was to give Dan a love interest—a woman who’s been dead for a hundred years,” explained Ramis. “But the scene was too long and it was in the wrong place in the film.”

Like many of the more unusual ideas in the film, it was Dan Akroyd’s idea:

“I don’t miss anything that we didn’t use,” he says. “The ghost in the fort—the seduction ghost—in paranormal research that’s a common thing, ghosts doing sexual things to people. I have a friend who had three women visit him in a haunted house in Louisiana, and it was one of the greatest nights of his life. But in under two hours, you obviously can’t have everything.”

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The premise of a seduction ghost, perhaps one that is a sympathetic character, should be familiar to fans of one of my favorite movies, Tsui Hark’s extraordinary paranormal romance, A Chinese Ghost Story (1987). 

“The Wizard” (1989)

“Leviathan” (1989), aka Alien on a deep sea oil rig. Great visuals, and a great cast (Hector Elizondo, Ernie Hudson, Buckaroo Banzai). 

Leonardo di Caprio in “Critters 3″ 

Scott Adams wrote a text game about Buckaroo Banzai in 1985, based on the first film. 

Joe Dante.