Ok so its time for an other 80s list. This one is going to be for Sci-Fi films. I’ve done horror and action so Sci-Fi would be my next logical choice. Now let me make one thing perfectly clear, I am not the worlds biggest science fiction fan. It’s my least favorite genre. Not saying I hate it, I just don’t go out of my way to watch them. So let me say in advance that this is MY OPINION. I have to admit while researching these that the 80’s were definitely a great time for this type of film. Over the top, and either fun or just down right violent the 80’s really was the most magical time for film. The first 5 films on this list are five of my all-time favorite films. And before anyone asks I am not a star Wars or Star Trek fan hence why none of those are in here.
10) Aliens: Yes, a film that most people will say should be number 1 is actually number 10 for me. The action was cranked up to 1000 compared to the first one. It’s almost to long a film, at least for me but it’s a definite winner and an all time classic for a reason. After floating in space for 57 years, Lt. Ripley's (Sigourney Weaver) shuttle is found by a deep space salvage team. Upon arriving at LV-426, the marines find only one survivor, a nine year old girl named Newt (Carrie Henn). But even these battle-hardened marines with all the latest weaponry are no match for the hundreds of aliens that have invaded the colony.
9) Flash Gordon. I love Flash Gordon. It’s a campy classic that features a great soundtrack, fantastic story, and so bad they are amazing special effects. I’ve met Sam Jones, and interviewed him as well and I must say he is a class act all the way. It’s a shame there weren’t 4 more of these films. Although NASA scientists are claiming the unexpected eclipse and strange "hot hail" are nothing to worry about, Dr. Hans Zarkov (Topol) knows better, and takes football star Flash Gordon (Sam Jones) and travel agent Dale Arden (Melody Anderson) with him into space to rectify things. They land on planet Mongo, where the despot Ming the Merciless (Max von Sydow) is attacking Earth out of pure boredom. With the help of a race of Hawkmen, Flash and the gang struggle to save their home planet.
8) Repo Man: If you were a punk rocker like me back in the 80’s you didn’t have much to watch if you wanted to see punks on screen or hear that sweet angry music. Luckily though you did have Repo Man, the best film Emilio Estevez has ever done. Yes Emilio, the Mighty Duck Man Himself. It’s a great film with a fantastic soundtrack featuring Iggy Pop, Circle Jerks, Black Flag and more. Its also a very surreal film. After being fired from his job, Los Angeles slacker and punk rocker Otto (Emilio Estevez) lands a gig working for an eccentric repossession agent named Bud (Harry Dean Stanton). At first, Otto is reluctant to work as a repo man, but he grows to love the fast-paced job. After learning of a Chevy Malibu that has been given a $20,000 price tag, Otto embarks on a quest to find the car with the beautiful Leila (Olivia Barash), who claims the trunk's contents are otherworldly.
7) Back to the Future: The family film about time travel and incest. Yes this film has it all, moms trying to have sex with their kids, and attempted rape, peeping toms, you name it. But don’t worry it’s a family film. Sort of, I guess? California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the '50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he'll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.
6) The Running Man: One of the best action films of the 80’s is actually a Science Fiction classic. Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his first appearance on this list, yes you will be seeing him again on here in this knock down drag out game show hunting humans film. Arnold, Jim Brown, Jessie Ventura, and even Richard Dawson all get on the act. In the year 2019, America is a totalitarian state where the favorite television program is "The Running Man" -- a game show in which prisoners must run to freedom to avoid a brutal death. Having been made a scapegoat by the government, an imprisoned Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has the opportunity to make it back to the outside again by being a contestant on the deadly show, although the twisted host, Damon Killian (Richard Dawson), has no intention of letting him escape.
5) Predator: Arnold is back to take a spot in the top 5 with this groundbreaking film that created a franchise that is still going strong today. Movies, Games, Toys, Comics, the Predator has become a pop culture phenomenon and rightfully so. This is considered one of the best action films ever made for a reason. I just happen to lump it more toward Sci-Fi. Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a soldier of fortune, is hired by the U.S. government to secretly rescue a group of politicians trapped in Guatemala. But when Dutch and his team, which includes weapons expert Blain (Jesse Ventura) and CIA agent George (Carl Weathers), land in Central America, something is gravely wrong. After finding a string of dead bodies, the crew discovers they are being hunted by a brutal creature with superhuman strength and the ability to disappear into its surroundings.
4) They Live: John Carpenter takes his first spot on this list as well with this mind bending subliminal alien film starring wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Not only is this a fantastic story it also features on of, if not the most iconic fight in film history. I remember going to see this only because Piper was in it, not knowing even the plot at the time. But it ended up becoming one of my favorite films of all time. I make it a point to watch it at least once a year. Nada (Roddy Piper), a wanderer without meaning in his life, discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued, and that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens.
3) Terminator: Arnold is back again with a film that encompasses many genres. Action, Sci-Fi (where is place it) and even horror. It’s the film that launched his career, created the line “I’ll be back!” and much like Predator became a pop culture success. This one also has spawned toy, comics, tv shows, and movies to this day, although I wish the latter would really stop. This is one of the best films ever made. And it deserves to be on this list. Disguised as a human, a cyborg assassin known as a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) travels from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). Sent to protect Sarah is Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), who divulges the coming of Skynet, an artificial intelligence system that will spark a nuclear holocaust. Sarah is targeted because Skynet knows that her unborn son will lead the fight against them. With the virtually unstoppable Terminator in hot pursuit, she and Kyle attempt to escape.
2) Robocop: Another great blend of sci-fi and very violent action Robocop is an all-time classic. It was originally given an X rating for the violence, trimmed down to get a hard R it still shocks to this day. Like a few of the other films it has spawned tv shows, toys, comic, games, and unfortunately more films. I say unfortunately because this one is the only good one. I saw this on opening night in a packed house when I was a kid and the entire theater was going nuts during the whole film. Its without a doubt one of my favorite memories of going to a film on opening night. In a violent, near-apocalyptic Detroit, evil corporation Omni Consumer Products wins a contract from the city government to privatize the police force. To test their crime-eradicating cyborgs, the company leads street cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) into an armed confrontation with crime lord Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) so they can use his body to support their untested Robocop prototype. But when Robocop learns of the company's nefarious plans, he turns on his masters.
1) Escape From New York: John Carpenter returns. The first R Rated film I ever saw and it will always hold a special place in my heart. And yes it took place in the future so I go with Sci-Fi. I vowed to one day get a big snake tattooed on my stomach, but decided a dragon would look better. I have an original poster framed in my basement in perfect condition. Hell I even loved Escape From LA. Snake Plissken is the best anti hero ever created, and this without a doubt is John Carpenter and Kurt Russell’s best film ever. I still to this day watch this film at least 3 times a year. Its not only the best sci-fi film ever made its in my top 5 favorite films of all time. In 1997, a major war between the United States and the Soviet Union is concluding, and the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a giant maximum security prison. When Air Force One is hijacked and crashes into the island, the president (Donald Pleasence) is taken hostage by a group of inmates. Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), a former Special Forces soldier turned criminal, is recruited to retrieve the president in exchange for his own freedom.