When it comes to science fiction, there are very few things that seem to be outside the realm of possibility. While 80s sci-fi movies weren’t the first to draw on concepts like aliens, robots & the supernatural, they were some of the most iconic and took the form to a whole new level. While there will be remakes with evermore stunning visual displays, no one can deny that the 1980s were a magical time for people that couldn’t get enough science fiction. If you wan’t proof, just look at these five examples:
Back in 1984 there was a little movie that wasn’t expected to even make its budget back, much less be a hit. Once Terminator was released, though, all bets were off and even today people love watching this dystopian tale over and over again.
Everyone would love to have a robotic butler, someone to make their coffee, etc, but what happens when they go too far? That fear is something that a lot of people have had to deal with in fiction situations, but that doesn’t mean the real world might one day need a robotic killer from the future to come back in time and stop the coming apocalypse.
Science fiction hadn’t changed too much in the years before the 1982 release of ET. Steven Spielberg had already brought up Close Encounters of The Third Kind, but ET was something different. Aliens had always been something that would inevitably invade, conquer the human people, and become their new leaders.
What was different here was that people had never really thought about having an alien as a friend. Much like many other movies from the 1980s, it also relied on adults not understanding. No one could grasp the concept of young Elliot being not only in the presence of an extra terrestrial life form, much less become friends with one and take care of them.
It’s hard to think about science fiction from the 80s and not bring up Ghostbusters. The combination of Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Akroyd, Rick Moranis, and Sigourney Weaver represents everything that people love about that time period.
Whether or not the third movie will ever come out remains to be seen, but the fact remains that Ghostbusters stands out as something that has stood the test of time, continues to make people laugh, and represents everything that a kid growing up in that time period wanted to do.
Alien was one of the scariest movie for kids of the time, but the sequel did something that not many studios can accomplish even today: make a sequel better than the original.
James Cameron has been a great director for quite some time, but he is has a knack for bringing big budget sci fi sequels to the world. Not only did it make a lot of money, it was one of the first movies to have absolutely terrifying special effects that scarred an entire generation.
Robocop got its own remake this year, but the original is a testament to the things that people were thinking about in the 1980s. Dystopian futures that resembled f New York City at the time were in a large number of movies, but Robocop was about someone finally doing something about the crime problem that people were starting to deal with in cities like Detroit, Chicago, & Washington D.C. along with a host of questions about morality, urban decay & human nature.