80s Soundtracks: A Totally Awesome List

I like cheese. True, I dive into the more serious sides of R&B, Rock, 50s, Hip-H0p (the good kind. Shit’s hard to defend the last twenty years), punk, metal, et cetera. In short, I am a music junkie. And that means soundtracks! What kind? All. But here at VHS Revival, we do 80s. In other words, the following list will be packed with more awesomeness and cheese than you could spread on a box of kick-ass 80s crackers […]

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Terror Train (1980)

Have you ever had a prank played on you by a group of friends?

If so, did it make you want to dress up in a creepy mask and and slaughter everyone involved in a plethora of gruesome ways?

No, me neither.

For one thing, you would have to be a swift and crafty killer with the gumption to see through your intentions. You would also need a cunning and well-devised plan, a suitable location, a plethora of weapons that would surely raise suspicion when acquired over-the-counter […]

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Maniac Cop 2 (1990)

Jason Lives! may had revitalised the slasher genre with its censor-defying brand of meta humour, but William Lustig’s Maniac Cop 2 elevated it to a whole new level.

Robert Z’ Dar’s Matt Cordell is perhaps the genre’s most underappreciated seek-and-destroy killer, an immovable and irrepressible brute, who in 1988’s Maniac Cop, returned to enact vengeance on those city officials who had wronged him […]

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The Terminator (1984)

Conan the Barbarian may have catapulted Arnold Schwarzenegger onto the Hollywood mainstream, but it was James Cameron’s sci-fi classic The Terminator that would make him a household name.

Ironically, Arnie initially read for the part of Kyle Reese, and it took some persuasion from James Cameron to convince him that the role of the T-800 was better suited. Arnie was still riding high after box office success as the heroic Conan, so it was something of a risk for Cameron to challenge his […]

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Revisiting . . . Saturday Night Fever (1977)

If the 1960’s gave birth to civil rights, then the following decade provided the fallout.

By the time the Vietnam War came to an end in 1975, the counterculture movement had all but dissolved, but American society had changed irrevocably, giving birth to a generation with different beliefs and aspirations. Citizens were unwilling to advocate war based on patriotism alone, and for many the Catholic church would become an outmoded burden. Yesterday’s traditions had grown oppressive, and youngsters were no longer satisfied with making ends meet and marrying their neighbour […]

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A Nightmare on Elm Street – NES

At the turn of the 1990’s, Fred Krueger was on the Christmas lists of children across America.

Yes, that’s the same razor-fingered child killer with the burnt face and darkly sexual wit. Sure, he had softened quite considerably since his cinematic debut back in 1984, but his primary purpose – if you exclude selling crappy merchandise by the bucket load – was to stalk children in their dreams and find increasingly elaborate ways to kill them. So, how did we get to this point, I hear you ask? […]

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This Month in . . .1987 (November)

The Cannon Group releases its fourth instalment of the Charles Bronson-led Death Wish series. Titled Death Wish 4: The Crackdown, the movie would lose original trilogy director Michael Winner along with a chunk of its usual budget, resulting in a much more limited release. Winner would refuse to return for the sequel after clashing with Bronson during the filming of Death Wish 3. Cannon had also begun belt-tightening thanks to […]

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Revisiting . . . Halloween (1978)

John Carpenter’s Halloween was guilty of a great many crimes.

So successful was his low-budget revelation that it spawned an entire decade of sleazy, half-baked imitators, movies so devoid of technical competence that the genre had no other option than to descend into self-parody. Fortunately, for those of us with a taste for the unthinkably inept, lots of those movies have found a special place in our hearts […]

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