Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Was 1981 the best year for movies EVER?

Just looking at an alphabetical list of the movies of 1981.  Difficult to believe ALL these awesome movies were released in the same year:

An American Werewolf in London
Blood Beach
Body Heat
The Burning
Clash of the Titans
Dead & Buried
Decline of the Western Civilization
Dragonslayer
Escape from New York
Evil Dead
Excalibur
The Final Conflict (Omen III)
Friday the 13th part II (my favorite of the series)
The Funhouse
Ghost Story
Halloween II (the only decent sequel of the lot)
The Hand
Happy Birthday to Me
He Knows You're Alone
Heavy Metal
History of the World pt. 1
The Howling
Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior)
Ms. 45
Nice Dreams (Cheech and Chong)
Nighthawks
Outland
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Prince of the City
The Prowler
Ragtime
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Scanners
Sharkey's Machine
Stripes
Superman II (by far the best of the series)
Tarzan, the Ape Man (ok, shitty movie, but Bo Derek, naked, frequently)
Tattoo (ok, shitty movie also, but Maude Adams, naked, frequently)
Thief
Time Bandits
Wolfen

1982 was pretty good as well.  Heaven's Gate also came out in 1981 and I think that movie slammed the door on a lot of autonomy for directors which is why, by 1984, the amount of cool b-movies with bigger budgets stopped getting made.  1981 seems to also have been the high-water mark for the original group of slasher pictures.  I remember the summer of 81 and 82 being epic in terms of the movies.  The last ingredient, I think, was the combination of studios trying to profit off of the formulas created by Lucas, Spielberg and, in horror, John Carpenter, and allowing the directors enough freedom to make movies that, by today's standards, are pretty damn subversive.

Or maybe I was nine, ten, eleven, and twelves years old during this time and just a whole lot easier to impress...

Whoever thought we'd miss the early 1980s?..

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