Ninja III: The Domination is certainly a strange movie with a half-baked script for sure, with questionable character motivations nearly all around, but it’s hard not to be entertained by its silliness.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is a fun sci-fi/comedy/fantasy excelling with the chemistry between Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as well as a great performance from George Carlin in a supporting role.
Cyborg had all the hallmarks of being a fun good bad 1980s sci-fi action movie and while there are certainly some great moments, still get a chuckle out of Tremolo growls, there’s too much of it that is derivative that it became a bit boring at times.
Full Moon High was the lesser of the teen werewolf movies that spawned out of the 1980s, taking a backseat to Michael J. Fox’s Teen Wolf, which was released four years later. Even so, there were a few humorous moments and Alan Arkin did a fun job in the lead.
The ‘Burbs is one fun comedy with a dash of horror that excels primarily due to Tom Hanks’ charms versus anything with the script or even the character. Not sure why I hadn’t seen it before, but the replay value is high.
Gate II is a fun and cheesy enough horror-fantasy that is by no means good but entertaining for the most part. The Blu-ray release through Shout Factory offers up fine audio/video transfers and nice to have any substantial bonus features to check out.
Macon County Line is a well developed drama that really stands out from others of the 1970s and does feature some great performances, particularly Max Baer (he also co-scripted) who previously was known as a comedic actor.
The Strangers is a movie that still holds up today as it did 10 years ago. Its simplicity, and restraint of using jump scares, really helps it stand out from others in the thriller/horror genre even when character development is, at best, minimal.
Drag Me to Hell might not be as good as Raimi’s Evil Dead Trilogy but still hell of a fun time with some truly laugh-out-loud scenes and good performances by Alison Lohman, Justin Long and even David Paymer in a small role.
Silent Night, Deadly Night isn’t a horror film I’ve ever completely loved but considering there aren’t many great Christmas horror films out there and with some cheesy moments, it’s still a fun little 1980s flick.
Dawn of the Dead is one of only a few horror remakes that was any good (off the top of my head, The Thing and The Fly are others) and as Zack Snyder’s feature film debut it’s a solid start as this was quite entertaining even if the social commentary gives way to cool action.
Home for the Holidays is, to me anyway, holiday classic that probably doesn’t get the attention it deserves. While Planes, Trains and Automobiles is in its own right a great Thanksgiving film, this one deserves its place on the holiday as well.