A Terrible Trip Down Memory Lane: Ranking the Worst 80s Movies
It’s no secret that the 1980s was a great time for movies. From classics like The Empire Strikes Back, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, to box office smashes like Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, and Back to the Future, the decade was filled with some of the most iconic films of all time.
But not all of the films of the 80s were masterpieces. In fact, there were plenty of clunkers that were released during that decade that were quickly forgotten. In this article, we’ll take a trip down memory lane and rank the worst movies of the 80s.
#10 – “The Last Starfighter” (1984)
The Last Starfighter was a science-fiction/fantasy film about a video game whiz-kid who is recruited to fight an alien war by playing a game. While the film had a great premise and an excellent cast (including Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart, and Lance Guest), it was ultimately a mediocre film. The special effects were dated, and the script was overly simplistic.
#9 – “Caddyshack II” (1988)
The original Caddyshack was a comedy classic, but its sequel was a huge disappointment. Starring Jackie Mason and Dan Aykroyd, Caddyshack II was a forgettable mess with an overly-simplistic plot and lame jokes. It was such a disaster that it was actually the last film ever released by Orion Pictures.
#8 – “Howard the Duck” (1986)
Based on the Marvel comic book, Howard the Duck was a box office bomb that was panned by critics and audiences alike. The film followed the adventures of an anthropomorphic duck who is transported from his home planet to Earth. The special effects were laughable, and the film was filled with corny jokes and crass humor.
#7 – “Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol” (1987)
The Police Academy franchise had been on a downward spiral since the first installment, and the fourth installment was the lowest point. Citizens on Patrol was a weak attempt at a comedic story about a group of citizens who become police officers. The jokes were tired and the plot was paper thin.
#6 – “The Apple” (1980)
The Apple was a sci-fi musical set in the future where a record label tries to control the minds of the public. The film was a flop and was panned by critics for its cheesy special effects, bad acting, and cringe-worthy songs.
#5 – “Mac and Me” (1988)
Mac and Me was a blatant cash-grab attempt at capitalizing on the success of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The film followed the adventures of an alien who befriends a young boy and helps him escape from the government. The film was panned for its poor acting and blatant product placement.
#4 – “Xanadu” (1980)
Xanadu was a musical fantasy starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. The film was an absolute disaster, with critics panning its corny songs and lame plot. The film was such a flop that it was nominated for six Razzie Awards, and it was the inspiration for the Golden Raspberry Awards.
#3 – “The Garbage Pail Kids Movie” (1987)
Based on the popular trading card series, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie was an attempt at a live-action comedy. Unfortunately, the film was a huge flop and was panned by critics for its cheesy special effects, poor acting, and overall lack of any real plot.
#2 – “Masters of the Universe” (1987)
Based on the popular Mattel toyline, Masters of the Universe starred Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor. The film was a box office disaster and was panned by critics for its poor special effects, cheesy dialogue, and lame plot.
#1 – “Howard the Duck” (1986)
Howard the Duck was easily the worst movie of the 80s. The film was a box office bomb and was panned by critics for its poor special effects, lame jokes, and nonsensical plot. It was such a disaster that it was nominated for seven Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture.
The 1980s was a great decade for movies, but it also had its share of clunkers. From The Last Starfighter to Howard the Duck, these films were quickly forgotten and are now a distant memory. But if you’re daring enough, you can always take a trip down memory lane and experience these terrible films for yourself.
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