Silver Screen Streak List #15: Flickchart's Top Space Adventure Movies of the 1980s
Written by dorrk
As a movie-obsessed nerd coming-of-age during the 1980s — and a glutton for STAR WARS merchandise — I somehow never developed a taste for the wider world of science fiction. Still, space flicks were inescapable in the 1980s, so even though I leaned into horror at age 12 in 1984 and thereafter only regarded sci-fi as an afterthought, I've seen a lot of it. So it's a bold choice, for two reasons, for my fellow Flickcharter David Anderson to pick for his list Flickchart's Top Space Adventure Movies of the 1980s:
- I've already seen seven of Flickchart's Top 20 Space Movies of the 1980s. What's left are either movies I never cared enough about during my childhood to revisit as an adult; or,
- The dregs. The cheap STAR WARS knock-offs. Roger Corman is probably involved somehow.
The first two movies on this list are from the STAR TREK franchise. I grew up watching the original STAR TREK series in syndicated daily reruns. Maybe because I watched this show very young, I considered it campy "kids' stuff" and more or less shrugged it off after STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KAHN (1982). I am going to re-watch both STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (1979) and WRATH OF KAHN (which I quite liked at age 10) before starting on this list, and I am flipping the order of the movies as ranked on Flickchart so that I can watch parts three and four in the proper order of release.
After that, however, this list starts to look pretty bleak. Even skipping the HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (1981) TV mini-series, and two amusement park rides that somehow made it onto the list, there's still a bunch of cartoons that I would avoid like the plague in my daily life. I am expecting a short run here. But I'm always hopeful for surprises, so we'll see what happens.
THE FIRST TWO
STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (1984)
DIR.: LEONARD NIMOY
STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME (1986)
DIR.: LEONARD NIMOY
THE NEXT EIGHT
FLASH GORDON (1980)
DIR.: MIKE HODGES
THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE (1986)
DIR.: NELSON SHIN
DIR.: PETER HYAMS
I don't have any history with or pre-existing notions of OUTLAND, but, who are we kidding: barring a miracle, I won't be continuing with this list past the TRANSFORMERS cartoon. If I get this far, it will be because one of the earlier movies earned a FREE PASS to the second round, and what are the odds on that?
If it happens, I'll come back and flesh out this list some more.
In space movies, you can hear me scream.
Movie:In space movies, you can hear me scream.