Cabbage Patch kids, side ponytails and jelly bracelets… there’s no doubt that the 80s were the golden egg of the 20th Century. But what made them so memorable? What gives us chills when we see the fads returning and the smell of hairspray in the morning? Was it Molly Ringwald with her freckle-speckled nose and apathetic eye roll? Was it Michael Jackson’s shiny naga hide jackets or Thriller? Perms? Cassettes? No, but all these things have something in common- you can find each and everyone in an 80s movie.
Now don’t get me wrong- movies today are fantastic. But there is just something spine tingling about watching a movie with no cell-phones, just long drives and Madonna music playing in the DeLorean DMC-12. So instead of waiting for the next 40 Marvel movies to come out, just dust off some of mom’s old video tapes and find a movie with some real meaning.
Now whether you’re a guy or a girl sometimes you just really could use a high school drama that makes your life seem so much simpler. The 80s are famous for high school melodramas that aren't actually even that dramatic but for some reason give you that rush like, “Yeah. I want my life to be like THAT.” So often we see films these days about the 20-30 year olds trying to find THEIR place in the world… but what about us high schoolers trying to find ours? Movies like The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Clueless are all simultaneously relatable and make you feel a little better about your life.
Now if your life is perfect and you could care less about watching other high schoolers, maybe you’re more enticed by the things that go bump in the night- the 80s have you covered there too. The Shining, Gremlins, Beetlejuice, The Thing, The Fly, Videodrome, and Alien are all from the decade of the Garbage Pail Kids and mediocre special effects. Now they’re not exactly going to pump the adrenaline with HD realism, but they will satisfy a certain craving with that charming earthy grit. Sometimes a good ol’ latex mask is “just right.” Along with aliens of the horror movies, we have other charming action-packed films. Lost Boys, Goonies, and Back to the Future are all three bound to get you laughing as well on the edge of your seat.
So next time you want a laugh, feel like being spooked, or just are in a hopeless romantic kind of mood, put that fancy, modern CGI movie away, and take out some movies from a good 35 years ago and I can personally promise that you won’t be disappointed.