The Dead Zone (1983) – David Cronenberg

Christopher Walken stars as Johnny Smith, a school teacher who ends up in an accident that gives him second sight, allowing him glimpses into the past, present and future in the Jeffrey Boam scripted adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel. Directed by famed director David Cronenberg, the film is packed with recognisable names in front…

Sudden Impact (1983) – Clint Eastwood

Lalo Schifrin returns to score Dirty Harry’s next adventure which sees Eastwood not only starring as Dirty Harry Callahan, but serves as the film’s producer and director. After causing more problems for the city brass, and not following the law in his own investigations, Harry is assigned to a homicide case that will get him…

Flashdance (1983) – Adrian Lyne

Flashdance is an odd duck. When it first came out it was seen as this big thing, it influenced fashion, and launched the producing careers of Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer who went on to produce some of the biggest hits of the 80s and 90s. Watching it now, it entertains, but it’s blatantly obvious…

Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983) – Lamont Johnson

Produced by Ivan Reitman, a score by Elmer Bernstein, a cast that includes Micheal Ironside, Ernie Hudson, Molly Ringwald, (an uncredited) Harold Ramis, and Deborah Pratt, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone is an odd little b-movie science fiction film that tried to cash in on the re-blossoming fascination with 3D back in the early…

Uncommon Valor (1983) – Ted Kotcheff

Before Chuck Norris and Sylvester Stallone did it, while it was still a bit of a taboo subject for American society, Gene Hackman, to the strains of a James Horner score gathered to him Robert Stack, Patrick Swayze, Harold Sylvester, Fred Ward, Tim Thomerson, Randall Cobb, Reb Brown and Kwan Hi Lim to his side,…

The Keep (1983) – Michael Mann

(Re) Watching Michael Mann’s disjointed supernatural film, The Keep I realised I wanted one thing from it – Mann’s original cut. Apparently clocking in at 3 1/2 hours it was trimmed down to 2 by Paramount Pictures, who then cut another half hour out of it after some rough previews. It’s not like now. If…

Strange Invaders (1983) – Michael Laughlin

The next alien monster film featured in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies is an interesting one in that it had possibilities and potential, but it’s execution borders on the horrible. Meant to be both homage and satire of the sci-fi movies of the late 50s the story seems like it would work perfectly –…

Icebreaker (1983) – John Gardner

Ian Fleming’s 007, James Bond, is back in action in the next novel by John Gardner, like his two previous tales, they move fast, and while filled with action beats, and moments, seems, overall, to be a smaller scale than the films that were happening at the same time. This time around, with the barest…

Blue Thunder (1983) – John Badham

I remember seeing Blue Thunder when it was released on home video. Or perhaps it was on a free weekend of Super Channel or First Choice. I remember enjoying it as a kid, loved the helicopter, the nude girl doing yoga, Roy Scheider, and the helicopter. It’s been decades since I watched it, and I…

Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1991) – Timothy Zahn

1991 saw something incredible happen, for the first time since 1983, we were given a new Star Wars story, the beginning of a new trilogy, with the characters we knew and loved. This was an absolute stunning idea, that there could be more adventures. It shouldn’t have been, Star Trek had books for decades. Author…