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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GUTS & GROG’S ULTIMATE 80’s LIST!
The eighties is a very important era to me. I did my growing up in that decade. I heard Guns and Roses for the first time. I was introduced to Freddy Krueger, I went into my first video store, I rode my first skateboard, I ate my first bowl of monster cereal… I lived off VHS, BMX, metal, and Spaghettios.
1. Most Radical 80’s Horror Movie
Very few movies capture so many aspects of why the 80′s ruled more than TerrorVision. It was directed by Ted Nicolaou, who not only brought us the entire Subspecies run, but also Bad Channels which would probably be my second choice for this category. Staring with the opening theme by The Fibonaccis you are engulfed in 80s awesome. W.A.S.P. shirts, multicolor hair filled with hairspray, swingers, horror hosts, and so much more. On top of all of this, you have a monster that is into metal. I will let O.D. fill you in with my favorite quote from the film:
“Did you see that? He looked right at my studs and cooled out. This dude’s into metal!”
2. The Head-Bangingest 80’s Hair Metal Album
I could easily do a top 50 for this, but as this is not a top 50 I will narrow it down to one. Very few records personify the eighties for me like W.A.S.P.’s The Last Command. It is solid from start to finish. “Blind in Texas,” “Sex Drive,” and the flawless “Wild Child” are just three of the songs that make this record. These three alone make it perfection, but I can put this on from start to finish and never get bored. Granted, I will always play “Wild Child” a few extra times.
I once had a stripper dance to “Wild Child” for my birthday. To say it was the best birthday ever would be the understatement of my life.
3. Most totally excellent 80’s video game
Skate or Die! The amount of hours I spent sitting in my bedroom playing this challenge the amount of hours I spent in the bathroom with my Grandpa’s Penthouse. I loved every level, but specifically the downhill jam, and high jump.
Just writing this I can hear the music and see the sweet punk dude in the skate shop.
4. TV… to the Max!
To this day still am obsessed with A.L.F. It was my favorite show on at the time, and not much has changed since then. I have multiple toys, books, coffee mugs, wind socks, masks, and other odds and ends. I have all four seasons on DVD, which were one of the few things that survived last year when I fell on hard times and had to sell my 2000+ DVD collection.
5. Most Awesome Toy
I have always been obsessed with toys. I still collect them. When I was a kid in the eighties there were tons I collected, but none like He-Man and The Masters of the Universe. I wanted everything, and I had most of it. I watched the cartoon, played with the toys, and waited patiently for the film — which may be shit, but I loved it, and still do.
6. Ultimate 80’s Item
The Walkman. I always had this damn thing attached to me. I could walk to school, go to the video store, ride my BMX or skateboard while listening to Slayer and Alice Cooper.
7. The Ultimate 80’s Icon
Oh, Rhonda Shear. USA Up All Night was very much my intro into B-Film. I was always more than happy to see Rhonda on my TV. Sure the films she played were awesome as well, but yeah, Rhonda Shear.
8. What beer goes best with your above flashback list of goodies, were someone to revisit them all?
I always loved Rainier Beer. It proudly advertises that the hops are from Yakima(where I grew up), it had the best commercials, and for piss water it is pretty good.
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 Guts and Grog on facebook
2. Like 80’s in the Park on facebook
3. Share this article on your facebook
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.
TROMERIC can be found sitting in a dark room watching Homeward Bound followed by A Serbian Film. He found a secret potion called the grog. It is similar to The Gummi Bears Gummibear Juice, but instead of making him bounce from here to everywhere it gives him the ability to endure movies such as Blood Freak and The Room on a regular basis. When he drinks the grog he also has the ability to have more references that you don’t understand than Wikipedia. In the off-chance he is taking a break from the grog, you can find him drinking coffee from a cup with half of the Black Dahlia pictured on it, eating Count Chocula, and making lists about whether The Taint has a better soundtrack than Voyage of the Rock Aliens.