Always (1989) – Steven Spielberg

The second film Spielberg released in 1989 was an update of the classic film A Guy Named Joe starring Holly Hunter, Richard Dreyfuss, John Goodman, Brad Johnson, and Audrey Hepburn. I was in a completely different place for this film than I was for Last Crusade, I was worlds away from where I was with…

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) – Steven Spielberg

I love the Indiana Jones films (yes, even some parts in the fourth) and while Raiders of the Lost Ark will always be my favorite, Last Crusade is etched in my memory for personal reasons. It was the summer of 1989, I had just graduated high school, it was my last summer living in Bermuda,…

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) – Stephen Hopkins

Stephen Hopkins slips into the director’s chair for the fifth installment of the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Despite having vanquished him in the previous film, Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) is back and Alice (Lisa Wilcox) doesn’t know how to stop because she doesn’t understand how he can be back. The viewer puts it together…

The McPherson Tape (1989) – Dean Alioto

The idea of alien abduction has always gotten under my skin and made me anxious, and occasionally freaked out. Other corners of the horror genre can freak me, but I can usually deal with it easily, processing it and enjoying it for what it is. But there’s something about the concept of an intelligence so…

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) – Renny Harlin

The fourth entry in the Elm Street series has a pretty cool pedigree behind the camera. A young, up and coming director, who would go on to make some solid 90s action films, Renny Harlin helms the film, and the story was developed by Brian Hegeland and William Kotzwinkle, before Heglenand, Jim Wheat and Ken…

Warlock (1989) – Steve Miner

Back in the early 90s, I would occasionally babysit the kids next door to get some extra cash (or any for that matter, as I was trying to find a work/life balance between schooling, job hunting, and friction at home). Amongst their collection of VHS tapes there was a copy of Warlock, and I don’t…

Indiana Jones 4K – 40th Anniversary Celebration!

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Paramount Pictures has remastered the original four films into a gorgeous 4K collection that is as crystal clear as my memories of seeing each and every one of them in the theatre… In 1981, I remember seeing television ads for Raiders on the television,…

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) – Rob Hedden

Jason Takes Manhattan aka Jason Takes a Cruise aka Jason Takes Vancouver is probably the weakest entry in the Paramount Pictures run on the series, they sold the franchise to New Line Cinema who made three sequels until the 2009 Paramount remake/reboot came along. The upside to the film is that it features another turn…

The X-Files (1997) – Redux II, and Unusual Suspects

The conspiracy works to protect itself in this episode, the third part of the season finale/opener that rocked many of us on our heels. Written by series creator Chris Carter, Redux II first aired on 9 November, 1997. While Scully’s (Gillian Anderson) cancer begins to appear to be terminal (or is it?), Mulder’s (David Duchovny)…