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The fiance and I have been watching The Americans, and as the starting point is '81 (right after Reagan is inaugurated) I was reminded what a great year it was for genre films. Just start with a few that instantly come to mind.

 

Two directors return to glory after unmitigated disasters that could have easily destroyed them with films that would go on to influence others (and in showbiz terms, launch countless knock-offs) for years to come. Steven Spielberg with Raiders of the Lost Ark and John Boorman with Excalibur.

 

John Landis directs, for my money, the defining film of his career (whose MO of blending horror and comedy would be repeated for decades to come) An American Werewolf in London. Not to mention, Joe Dante's "other great werewolf movie of '81" The Howling.

 

So, so many others I'm forgetting here...

post #2 of 28

The Road Warrior and Time Bandits jump immediately to mind when someone says 1981.

post #3 of 28
BLOW OUT. It's all about BLOW OUT.
post #4 of 28

BODY HEAT.  Never seen it?  Remedy that oversight post haste.

CLASH OF THE TITANS

DRAGONSLAYER  Still the best cinematic dragon

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

GALLIPOLI

GHOST STORY scared the fuck out of me when I was a kid.

HEAVY METAL lots of midnight screenings of this

MAD MAX 2/THE ROAD WARRIOR

NIGHTHAWKS

OUTLAND underrated Connery gem

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK my favorite film of all time, period

S.O.B. another underrated Blake Edwards gem

SHARKY'S MACHINE arguable Reynolds' best movie

SOUTHERN COMFORT

STRIPES that's the fact, Jack

TAPS

THIEF

post #5 of 28
I've always wanted to see MEPHISTO.
post #6 of 28

Road Warrior didn't get released in the States until 1982, so it always belongs to that (equally magical) year for me.

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Got my kids to watch Dragonslayer last week. I told my daughter that there is a princess in it . . . and she gets eaten by dragons!
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The world must never forget Heartbeeps.
post #9 of 28
So many great slashers!

Friday the 13th part 2
My Bloody Valentine
Halloween II
The Burning
Just Before Dawn
post #10 of 28

Some favorites:

 

CUTTER'S WAY

DEAD & BURIED

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

KNIGHTRIDERS

LOOKER

MS. 45

NIGHTHAWKS

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

PRINCE OF THE CITY

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

ROAD GAMES

SHARKY'S MACHINE

SUPERMAN II

THEY ALL LAUGHED

WOLFEN

post #11 of 28
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How could I forget about Blow Out and Thief?

 

Oh, and Reds. Duh.

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I just introduced one of the kids at work to Time Bandits the other day.

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Have A LOT to catch up with but here's my top 10 of 1981:

 

1.BODY HEAT

2.BLOW OUT

3.CUTTER'S WAY

4.ROAD GAMES

5.HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

6.AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

7.PRINCE OF THE CITY
8.THIEF

9.MODERN ROMANCE

10.SOUTHERN COMFORT

 

Also like S.O.B, LOOKER, DEAD & BURIED, EYES OF A STRANGER, and even though it's terrible I have a perverse affection for ENDLESS LOVE.

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Have A LOT to catch up with but here's my top 10 of 1981:

 

1.BODY HEAT

2.BLOW OUT

3.CUTTER'S WAY

4.ROAD GAMES

5.HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

6.AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

7.PRINCE OF THE CITY
8.THIEF

9.MODERN ROMANCE

10.SOUTHERN COMFORT

 

Also like S.O.B, LOOKER, DEAD & BURIED, EYES OF A STRANGER, and even though it's terrible I have a perverse affection for ENDLESS LOVE.

 

Nice to see another fan of BODY HEAT and SOUTHERN COMFORT.  Just fantastic movies.

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Southern Comfort is amazing..
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by nagboy92 View Post
 

Have A LOT to catch up with but here's my top 10 of 1981:

 

1.BODY HEAT

2.BLOW OUT

3.CUTTER'S WAY

4.ROAD GAMES

5.HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

6.AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

7.PRINCE OF THE CITY
8.THIEF

9.MODERN ROMANCE

10.SOUTHERN COMFORT

 

Also like S.O.B, LOOKER, DEAD & BURIED, EYES OF A STRANGER, and even though it's terrible I have a perverse affection for ENDLESS LOVE.

 

My Top 10:

 

(I count MAD MAX 2 for '82)

 

1. THIEF (Director's Cut)

2. BLOW OUT

3. SOUTHERN COMFORT

4. TAPS

5. THE HOWLING/ AMERICAN WEREWOLF

6. CUTTER'S WAY

7. MODERN ROMANCE

8. LADIES AND GENNTLEMEN, THE FABULOUS STAINS

9.  MS. 45

10. ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

 

Honorable: KING OF THE MOUNTAIN, RAIDERS, SCANNERS, ROAD GAMES, BODY HEAT, THE HAND, THE ENTITY, GREGORY'S GIRL, THE EVIL DEAD, CHRISTIANE F., DAS BOOT, POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, CATTLE ANNIE AND LITTLE BRITCHES, TATTOO, SO FINE, SHARKEY'S, THEY ALL LAUGHED, KNIGHTRIDERS, EXCALIBUR, REDS

 

Great year!

post #18 of 28

What, no love for For Your Eyes Only?

 

post #19 of 28

Like Ebert, I have soft spot for Belushi's final film.

 

<It hints at softer direction he could've gone>

 

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What, no love for For Your Eyes Only?


Nah. It sucks.
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Nah. It sucks.

I know. Hence me posting that gif to save the rest of you the trouble.

 

I do like Not-Blofeld being dropped into a smoke stack at the beginning, though.

post #22 of 28
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I know. Hence me posting that gif to save the rest of you the trouble.

I do like Not-Blofeld being dropped into a smoke stack at the beginning, though.
"I'll buy you a delicatessen in stainless steel!"

More than anything, I object to how they dress Moore in that movie. No style, no elegance. Bond has never seemed more like an old fuddy-duddy.
post #23 of 28
For a lot of us, For Your Eyes Only left an impression because of its near constant airing on HBO. It's easily the Bond film I've seen the most for that reason. I do wonder what kind of film it would have been if it had followed Spy Who Loved Me as originally planned. Might not have been so serious not being a response to the goofy Moonraker.

Title song is an all-timer though, one of the best.
post #24 of 28
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I'd go as far to say For Your Eyes Only is Moore's second best entry and, as much as I have an undying love for Octopussy, it should have been his swan-song. 

 

That was right when his age started to become noticeable. 

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Pairing him with Lynn-Holly Johnson, 23 at the time and clearly meant to be playing younger, was definitely pushing it.

post #26 of 28
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Or the 15 year old figure-skating protegee hot for him who ends up with Topol at the end instead.

 

Of course if it was Connery's Bond (no offense, Rog)...

post #27 of 28
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This stuff is why I love YouTube. A local public-access movie review show from 1981! Long before the Internet, the dominance of geek culture and even when film magazines weren't the norm. Here are a few samples. 

 

 

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Great find!

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