1980s Film

Movie musings on films and stars of the 1980s. For the record, we don’t patronise bunny rabbits.

New Empress Magazine Video Blog: The ‘Burbs (1989)

by Maryann O'Connor 3 September 2014

Let’s all take some time to consider what the world would be like had Tom Hanks turned down the chance to star in Joe Dante’s wonderfully absurd suburban nightmare. It’s not a world that we would want to live in. Here Mark Searby says some cool trivia stuff about the The ‘Burbs, which will be getting […]

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New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Re-Animator (1985)

by Maryann O'Connor 28 May 2014

Join Mark Searby to have a look back at this disturbing H.P. Lovecraft adaptation in honour of its DVD/Blu-ray release next week. Zombie cats and living severed heads. Nice. More New Empress Magazine Video Blogs

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In Review: White Dog (1982) on Blu-ray

by Martyn Conterio 27 March 2014

Hailed as a masterpiece by some, Sam Fuller’s drama, about a white German shepherd dog trained to attack black people, is the kind of picture rarely made by big Hollywood studios. It’s simply too controversial and real-life for the dream factory to handle. When execs either lose their marbles or bravely edge a bet, we […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: The Stuff (1985)

by Martyn Conterio 10 March 2014

The latest New Empress Magazine Video Blog takes a look at The Stuff (1985), a gooey B-movie written and directed by Larry Cohen (It’s Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Ambulance). The Stuff is out on Blu-ray and DVD via Arrow Video. For more New Empress Magazine Video Blogs, click the link here

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John Candy (1950 – 1994) Remembered

by Mark Searby 4 March 2014

John Franklin Candy died twenty years ago today (4th March). Throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, the Canadian funnyman was a staple of mainstream Hollywood movies and a popular screen presence. Whether it was as Chewbacca spoof Barf, in Spaceballs (1987), the pain in Steve Martin’s harried exec’s ass in Planes, Trains and […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)

by Maryann O'Connor 24 January 2014

Mark Searby enlightens us on the scaly B-Movie joy that is Donald G. Jackson’s Hell Comes to Frogtown… What the Sam Hell?! More New Empress Magazine Video Blog action here

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In Review: Lust in the Dust (1985) on DVD

by Mark Searby 3 January 2014

Notoriously outrageous drag queen Divine stepped away from her working relationship with director John Waters in 1985 and teamed up with director Paul Bartel  to make this comedy western, talking its lead from Blazing Saddles but with added skirt-wearing bravado.

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

by Maryann O'Connor 12 December 2013

To celebrate the release of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China on Blu-ray, Mark Searby discusses some of the most memorable moments from this 1986 genre-busting favourite. For more video blogs check out the New Empress Youtube page here: NewEmpressMagazine

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In Review: The Last American Virgin (1982) on Blu-ray

by Mark Searby 16 September 2013

Boys will be boys and that is exactly what The Last American Virgin (1982) is all about, plain and simple. Gary (Lawrence Monoson), Rick (Steve Antin) and David (Joe Rubbo) have been best mates throughout their high school years and now it’s time for their sexual awakenings.

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Censorship in Action Films

by Helen Cox 10 July 2013

The latest New Empress Magazine video blog raises questions about the impact of censorship and classification on the action genre. Although many might argue that the introduction of the 12A has meant decline and dilution for the action genre, this issue isn’t as recent as some believe.

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In Review: Handgun (1983) on DVD

by Andrew Kay 10 June 2013

Handgun came out around the same time that a slew of rape-revenge thrillers did, such as Savage Streets (1984) and M.S 45: Angel of Vengeance (1981). But what separates Handgun from other films of this type, is that it’s far removed from the exploitation fare that spilled onto screens throughout the early 1980s

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