In honor of this month's a-MAZE-ing Pinfinity+ drop celebrating the 35th anniversary of the iconic 80s film Labyrinth, the Pinfinity team has been on a bit of an 80s movies kick... So let's jump in our cinematic time machine and explore (in no particular order!) five of our favorite 80s films!
So, first off... We can't NOT mention Labyrinth, so I guess this is sort of a top 6?! What an incredible journey that movie was! When you combine amazing acting performances from the likes of David Bowie and an up-and-coming Jennifer Connelly, a really unique and intriguing story, and some of the best practical effects and classic puppeteering that has ever existed in film, the result is a tremendous cinematic experience, and one that we got back to at least once a year to join Sarah and Toby on their epic journey with the Goblin King!
The NeverEnding Story
P.S. The whole scarred for life thing? Yeah... The scene where Atreyu is running from the Gmork and loses his horse Artax in the Swamp of Sorrows? Yeah, there was a time in my life where I just fast forwarded through that part, my heart just couldn't take it!
Big Trouble in Little China
Okay so I'm going off the theme I've establish here, but bear with me, it'll ALL make sense. So what we've got with Big Trouble in Little China is another fantasy film, yet it's got a much more modern setting of San Francisco Chinatown, and the much more relatable cast of characters - including one of my all-time favorites Jack Burton, played impeccably by the man, the myth, the legend: Kurt Russel.
Let me get out in front of this now... This film is totally preposterous! But holy cow I love it anyway. You've got magic, epic martial arts battles, dudes flying around with giant crazy hats and it's all capped off by an evil sorcerer who needs to sacrifice a green-eyed girl to become immortal... This film is wacky, ya'll, but it's SO 80s, it's SO campy, and I love it SO much. Also it's pretty star-studded and has some incredible performances from the aforementioned Russel, as well as from James Hong as Lo Pan, and Victor Wong as Egg Shen.
Okay so this is a serious departure from the other entries on this list, but I've added it here for a few reason: 1) the 80s were pretty iconic for Sci-Fi/Fantasy horror movies that really broke the mold, 2) the practical effects are on POINT, and 3) Kurt Russel - need I say more?