I love movies! I mean, I loooooove movies! It is a family joke that I learned how to use the VCR at two years old, but it is true. My mom had three jobs, my dad was a workaholic–if he wasn’t at work, he was working on something around the house–and I was an only child until I was 7, so I had to learn how to entertain myself! I know, I know–using the television as a babysitter? Ah well, I still turned out ok; graduated at the top of my class and everything, hahaha! And my love of movies continued–even sent me to college the first time for a degree in video production! (However, let me just say that I was a little disappointed at first, because it felt as if some of the magic had gone out of movie watching now that I knew what tricks to look for, but that didn’t last forever–it came back when I found directors that could still surprise me with their ingenuity!)
As I was contemplating this blog, I was just going to do my top five #1’s (hahaha, I know, they are all my #1?! I really had to push myself to delineate which one would be my technical #1 for this post!), but I realized that they were all from the eighties! My #1 category has been in existence for almost as long as I have! It makes me wonder if I actually do think they are the best, or if I am just so ridiculously loyal that I can’t even change my top movies because I have been with them for so long! Either way, I decided to expand on that…the five movies that I was going to include are my #1’s, what about my top #5? Are there five in each of those categories too? I honestly don’t know about that, but I do know that a rather large chunk of them emerged in the eighties! I am totally an eighties child! And having parents who fully embraced the present, they allowed me to experience the eighties for myself–none of this over-protection and censorship–not in the home, anyway. Maybe they wouldn’t let me play outside by myself when we lived in the city, or ever leave their sight when we were in public, or (still to this day) let me go anywhere without a phone call home and a number to reach me while I am gone–but I could watch any movie I pleased, hahaha! (For the record, my parent’s did not have XXX-rated movies; or if they did, I never knew about them!)
So, without further ado, here is the first installment of my top movie picks, that just so happen to belong in the eighties!! (I had to limit myself to movies from the eighties that I have loved forever! Either loved since the 80’s or seen with my BFF Desiree so often that they’re special. There are some, like “Dirty Dancing” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Stand By Me” and “Evil Dead” and “The Shining” and “Overboard” and especially “Scarface” (etc…) that are absolutely amazing!! But I did not see them until I was much older!)
I love this movie because it is, hands down, the best musical ever!! Little Seymour Krelborn (played by Rick Moranis) was an orphan, “a child of the streets,” until Mr. Mushnik (Vincent Gardenia) took him in and gave him, “shelter, a bed, crust of bread, and a job…” at Mushnik’s Flower Shop. It is there that he meets Audrey (Ellen Greene)…the prettiest girl in skid row, who also happens to be dating a sadistic masochistic dentist (Steve Martin). Both Seymour and Audrey are depressingly stuck in Skid Row, New York, and dream of a new and better life. Suddenly, fame and fortune are thrust upon them when Seymour discovers a, “new and interesting plant,” (adorably dubbed the Audrey II) that appeared at Changs’ during a, “total eclipse of the sun!” The cute little thing is immediately noticed, and the customers start pouring in, but suddenly she wilts! So Seymour is forced to discover what in the world this strange little plant eats! Much to his dismay…it’s human blood!! This “Mean Green Motha” flourishes from its sanguine diet, gently nuzzling and guzzling Seymour’s poor battered fingers. But the Audrey II just keeps growing and growing and growing! Seymour will soon be an empty husk if he cannot figure out a way to feed this hungry beast. What should he do? “I don’t know. I have so, so many strong reservations. Should I go, and provoke mutilation?” Is there someone who, “deserves to die?” If the plant dies, so does the fame and fortune, and, to Seymour’s utter dismay, would the attention that the original Audrey has recently been giving him. What will Seymour do to get out of Skid Row???
Favorite Song–“Somewhere That’s Green”
Biggest Surprise–Rick Moranis can SING!!!
This creepy little classic takes place in a random suburban town, where six buddies are attending the University. Mark Loftmore (Zach Galligan from Gremlins), China Webster (Michelle Johnson), Sarah Brightman (Deborah Foreman), Tony (Dana Ashbrook), Gemma (Clare Carey), and James (Eric Brown) are exclusively invited to a midnight showing at the mysterious Waxwork Museum that popped up one day in a serene suburban neighborhood. Showing up at midnight seemed like a good idea, but Gemma and James bail immediately. So the four that are left knock on the door. With a creepy Russian little person answering (“We were expecting more…”), followed by a giant of a man serving refreshments, it is with a substantial amount of trepidation the four consent to the tour. Inside are some of the most morbid scenes imaginable. Murders, monsters, witches, werewolves, vampires, and even a cameo from the aforementioned Audrey II! Unfortunately for them all, some of the scenes are not finished, and they are the last pieces needed! Tony and China have disappeared, can Mark and Sarah find them before it is too late? Or will they be sucked in too?
I adore the premise of this movie. The Mummy is real. Count Dracula is real. The werewolf, zombies, and the Phantom of the Opera are real historical figures. David Lincoln (David Warner) has collected mementos from these historical figures and by using magic and the waxwork scenes, he intends to bring all of these horrors back to life, right now, all together. What would happen to the world then??
My favorite line–“I do what I want, when I want. Dig it or f*** off!” ~China Webster
- Earth Girls Are Easy–1989
A musical romantic comedy that has infused my entire life hahaha! I didn’t see this movie in 1989, when it came out, but I saw it soon after. What got me into this movie at first was my father and I were HUGE fans of “In Living Color” (If you have not seen it, google it right now!), in which both Damon Waynes and Jim Carrey star in some of our favorite clips! (This Old Box!!! and any of Carrey’s clips! Ridiculous!) Going to the movie rental place was common practice, and I saw the cover for this one. OMG, I thought, Damon Waynes and Jim Carrey?! And the Geena Davis from Beetlejuice? Count me in! Of course, at the time, I was six or seven, so I had no idea what the connotations were of that title!
So the premise is, Valerie Gail (Geena Davis) and her BFF, Candy Pink (Julie Brown), live, work, and play in the Valley of California. They were stereotypical “valley girls” with the, “Oh my gosh!” and the “BFD!”, and the “Like…” Currently, Valerie is engaged to her Dr. Ted Gallagher (Charles Rocket), but things are not going very well….they haven’t had sex in two weeks (and there are some bad signs that he might not be exactly faithful, but Val doesn’t know that!). Candy decides that what Val needs is to, “skip the nail expo and stay home and ambush Ted!” After a thoroughly enjoyable musical make-over, Val becomes a “Brand New Girl!” She sets up and entire little romantic love nest for Ted to come home to. But “Dr. Love” made a giant boo-boo! He brought home a sexy little nurse to what he thought was an empty house. Needless to say, Valerie was not very happy. Kicking him out, she trashes the house and goes to bed alone.
The next day, while she is lounging next to her pool, a “giant hairdryer” suddenly lands in it! And her comes Mac (Jeff Goldblum), Wiploc (Jim Carrey), and Zeebo (Damon Waynes), three awesomely furry aliens that have crashed in the Valley!! After a Candy Pink make-over, turns out that they are three extremely attractive aliens that have crashed in the valley! Now what is a girl to do….
Big Surprise–Julie Brown wrote a lot of the movie and the songs!! Get the DVD, because it has a karaoke selection! Remember, Julie Brown played the gym teacher in Clueless….so watch those two movies back to back. Shocker!
- Elvira: Mistress of the Dark–1988
If you have ever visited my page before, than you already know about my obsession with Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark. In this movie, Elvira is working as a late-night host of cheesy horror movies. But what she really wants to do is have an act in Las Vegas! However, after a particularly bad show, the owner of the television station tried to get a little too handsy, so Elvira simultaneously quit and was fired. How is she supposed to come up with $50,000 to open up the Vegas show now? Then, as if through fate, she gets a letter informing her of her Great Aunt Morganna’s untimely passing, and she needs to head to Fallwell, Massachusetts to collect her inheritance. (That was almost a direct quote from the movie, just thought I’d mention that.) So off she goes.
Unfortunately, Fallwell is one of those towns, that allows no funny business or FUN, for that matter. So Elvira’s appearance came as “quite a shock!” Much to the dismay of the townspeople, her car (that beautiful Thunderbird convertible) breaks down, so she is forced to stay in this “quaint little hell hole!” Upon the reading of the will, she finds out she inherits a “house, a dog, and a book!” Well that was worth the drive, now wasn’t it! Algonquin, the poodle, is too adorable for words at first, so Elvira gives him the best make-over ever! Next she needs to start on the house. Maybe if she can fix it up and sell it, then she can raise the $50,000. Who knows what in the world is in that book….why would Great Aunt Morganna specify it? However, the townspeople HATE her, especially Chastity Pariah. So her time in Fallwell is chock-full of mishaps and mayhem. Also a creepy encounter with her dear “Great Uncle Vinny,” who may be more than the upstanding citizen he appears to be….
- The Lost Boys–1987
If I had to choose, this one would be my all time favorite. Michael Emmerson (Jason Patric) and his little brother Sam (Corey Haim) are forced to move to Santa Carla, California when their mom (Diane Wiest) gets a divorce. They move in with her father (Barnard Hughes), a reclusive taxidermist who stays as far away from town as he possibly can. However, one trip to the Boardwalk has all three of them trapped in a web so sinister, it is a wonder how they will make it out alive.
Lucy (Wiest) meets Max (Edward Herrman), who seems to be the simple proprietor of a video store. Sam finds a comic book store, where he meets the amazing “Frog Brothers.” Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), who claim to be legit vampire hunters. Michael meets Star (Jami Gertz), a beautiful woman constantly in the company of a little boy referred to as “Laddie.” Upon following her, he finds out that she also hangs out with a infamous gang, led by David (Keifer Sutherland). Michael recklessly pursues Star, and entangles himself within the gang. He should not have not have sipped that wine though!
With Sam’s new buddies, and their frightening knowledge, Sam knows that there is something wrong with Michael. Can the save Michael before it is too late??
Favorite Line–Too many to count! “Maggots, Michael. You’re eating maggots, how do they taste?” “It’s the attack of Eddie Munster!” “Burn rubber does not mean warp speed!” “My own brother! A g******n s**t-sucking vampire! You wait until mom finds out, buddy!”