We’ve reached out to our favorite blogs, websites and writers to ask them to take a virtual time warp with us back to that glorious age of wall swatches and teased mullets, when ripped jeans became new and neon was everyone’s favorite color.
We came up with a top 8 list of our favorite eighties, and asked our friends at Dr. Terror’s Blog of Horrors, Shit Movie Fest, Guts and Grog, Freddy in Space and Back Online-Back On Duty to fill us in on their top 8 favorites as well.
As part of this week, we have a contest going with a truly grand prize. One lucky winner will receive TWO FREE PASSES* to all three days of 80’s in the Park in Melbourne, FL – featuring a cult film fest, min-horror con, faux prom, retro arcade and multiple concerts by 80’s legends such as Quiet Riot, Warrant, Slaughter, Tommy Tutone, and more.
Each day will post a new article by one of our rad guest writers, and each day you will have another chance to enter… to the max! The more articles you check out and share, the more chances you have to win!
*Two free adult passes to 80’s in the Park, includes both days at the Pavilion and the movie festival at Cinemaworld. This prize does NOT include travel expenses, lodging or cost of any food, autographs or merchandise bought at the event.
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BACK ONLINE. BACK ON DUTY’S
ULTIMATE 80’s LIST!
The 80′s were an incredible decade to be a kid. Sure, kids have awesome shit now, but I sorta think it’s more taken for granted than how we reacted to new things. When I first got a Nintendo, I felt like I was hovering above Earth. When my Pops brought home the first family VCR, I remember thinking “It will never get better than this.” MTV played videos and Headbanger’s Ball let us know that there were some badass metal bands hidden in the late night shadows, while Poison and Def Leppard were safe enough to own the daytime. And of course, New Kids on the Block. We had USA Saturday Nightmares, Up All Night, Joe Bob Briggs Drive-In Theater, Tales From the Darkside, Monsters, and more. Horror and Sci-Fi weren’t afraid to be ridiculous and fun. Billie Jean was strong, Christian Slater was Gleaming the Cube, Jason Voorhees was owning in the body count department, and so on. I couldn’t ask for a better time to be young.
1. Most Radical 80’s Horror Movie
Night of the Comet
It was kind of rough to narrow this down, because I wanted one that completely defines the 80s the most. Almost went with Fright Night, almost went with VAMP, but ultimately had to go with Night of the Comet. Big hair, attire, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” montage, 80′s sunglasses, the opening party scene… this flick is 80′s through and through. It’s Valley Girl with ghouls, which translates to Fucking Awesome.
2. The Head-Bangingest 80’s Hair Metal Album
Fastway: Trick or Treat
By the time Trick or Treat hit home video, I was already fully aware of who Fastway was, thanks to my sister rocking their vinyls on a pretty regular basis. However, I truly thought Sammi Curr was the front man, not that dude from Flogging Molly. I had this soundtrack on cassette and thrashed it on the daily. I felt like I was going to truly raise hell in my bedroom basement. I felt like Terry from The Gate. Of course, when you get older, this album isn’t nearly as evil as once perceived. BUT, a lot of the lyrics go perfectly alongside Ragman’s everyday trials and tribulations. Damn good album.
3. Most totally excellent 80’s video game
Contra for NES
I almost went with Super Mario Bros. 2 here, because I think it’s one of the most underrated games in history. I played and beat that puppy several times, but not nearly as many times as Contra. No matter if you were over at a friends house or grounded and confined to your room- punching in the legendary 30 lives code and going postal as shit on Red Falcon was severely rewarding, and it never got old. An absolute classic that I still play from time to time. SPREAD GUN SHOULD BE IN EVERY GAME.
4. TV… to the Max!
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
He-Man was an absolutely massive part of my childhood. From the cartoon, to the toys, and even though the fandom wasn’t as big when the Lundgren movie came out, I was still all about it. But yeah, the show. It followed General Hospital every day at 4, and you can bet your ass I rushed home from school so I wouldn’t miss a single second. Unfortunately, that meant me seeing about twenty minutes of General Hospital, but at least I had He-Man toys to keep me occupied until the cartoon came on. He-Man ruled, Teela and Evil-Lyn were hot, Skeletor was creepy even with a pussy voice, Beast Man was intimidating, and Orko was the shit. Nowadays, it’s good for all the wrong reasons, but still fun as hell.
5. Most Awesome Toy
This was and is still my hands down favorite toy. You could use them to build vehicles or bases for damn near any action figure line. I had boxes and boxes of them. After watching King Kong, I built an Empire State Building in my bedroom that literally reached the ceiling. I built an Escape From New York inspired wrestling ring and used G.I. Joes for “TO THE DEATH” tournaments. These things were awesome. Legos with balls.
6. Ultimate 80’s Item
If you were planning on staying up all weekend with buddies for a horror movie sleepover and Coke ain’t gonna cut it, Jolt Cola would be your shit. I remember my parents getting me a 6-pack as soon as they showed up in stores. I tried to drink 3 that night, and was actually looking forward to going to bed once 5 am rolled around. This stuff was no joke. Tasted great in ice cream floats, too.
7. The Ultimate 80’s Icon
Ernest P. Worrell
Ernest has huge importance to me. Jim Varney was born in my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky, and went to the high school I would have attended, had we not moved to Florida in 1992. Before Hey Vern and all the Ernest movies, he was already pretty popular locally for soft drink and food commercials. But most memorable for me was his Convenient Food Mart commercials which featured Ernest talking to his buddy Vern, who was as you know, always off camera. We had a local Convenient Food Mart no more than a stone’s throw away from our house, and Ernest’s face was plastered all over the windows and glass frozen food doors. People can hate on this character for whatever reason they choose. Fact of the matter is, this was good harmless fun for kids, and there ain’t nothing wrong with that. Additionally, the character is way more hysterical than given credit for. Ernest is forever rad. RIP Varney. I miss the hell out of ya!
8. What beer goes best with your above flashback list of goodies, were someone to revisit them all?
“Heineken? Fuck that shit! PABST BLUE RIBBON!”
If I were picking beers of choice in the now, I’d no doubt go with Newcastle Werewolf, or my new found love, New Belgium Fat Tire. However, Pabst reminds me of the 80′s like no other. It was my Dad’s favorite, and PBR and Budweiser were what was always in the fridge. So, if I wanted to sneak a beer back in the 80′s I had two options. I made the mistake of drinking Budweiser once and I’ve hated that piss ever since. Really dug Pabst. Truth be told, I’ll still drink it now, and sometimes am even in the mood for it. Not a bad beer at all if you ask me. But most importantly, it reminds me the hell out of the 80′s.
-Brobocop Entering Sleep Mode
Now it’s your chance to take a trip back in time by entering our 80’s in the Park ticket giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive TWO FREE PASSES* to all three days of 80’s in the Park in Melbourne, FL – featuring a cult film fest, min-horror con, faux prom, retro arcade, and multiple concerts by 80’s legends such as Quiet Riot, Warrant, Slaughter, Tommy Tutone, and more.
HOW TO ENTER TODAY: (you must complete ALL of these steps to win!)
1. Like Back Online. Back on Duty on facebook
2. Like 80’s in the Park on facebook
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4. Leave a comment below telling us what your favorite 80′s horror movie is and then leave a VALID EMAIL so we can contact you if you win.
Each day this week we will post a new article by one of our guest writers, and each day you will have another chance to enter. The more articles you comment on and share, the more chances you have to win! You have until midnight EST on Sunday, September 1st to enter.
*Two free adult passes to 80’s in the Park, includes both days at the pavilion and the movie festival at Cinemaworld. This prize does NOT include travel expenses, lodging or cost of any food, autographs or merchandise bought at the event.
Brobocop -aka Eric- runs Back Online. Back On Duty.
A blog dedicated to all things Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, and occasionally a thoughtful Drama. Big lover of punk, indie rock, and old school thrash on the music front, and a fan of all genres of film -though, horror and sci-fi take a front seat. He likes video games, long walks in his backyard, girls who wear converse with no socks, and so on.