Friday, December 19, 2008

Hey kids, you'll love this freaky 80's movie

We have seen very little TV since we moved here. Our TV doesn't pick up British signals, so we've been limited to watching movies. The library has a good selection of 80's movies and we've picked up a few in the past 6 weeks with the idea that the boys would like them, only to discover that they are weirder than we remember and our children are slightly disturbed by them. Remember the 80's when special effects were all laser lights and smoke and weird animatronic creatures?

Labyrinth - They were totally freaked out by this movie. They did not care that David Bowie ran around in ruffles and long hair and clingy pants.

The Princess Bride - Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. They weren't scared by this, but not really interested in watching it.

ET - They thought ET was really ugly and horrible and I think they were expecting him to start eating people at any moment.

The Neverending Story - They went back and forth between liking this and being scared out of their wits and hiding their faces.

Beetlejuice - Okay, bad idea.

Ghostbusters - Ghostbusters was more adult-oriented than I remember. Oops.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids - They love this one. Score one for the 80's.

Flight of the Navigator - This one was a hit also, overall.

Willow - Baby in peril. No good.

So in our effort to find family-friendly movies that were not cheesy and annoying and would bring us back to our own delightful childhoods, we have filled our kids' heads with images of scary creatures created by 1980's technology. Feel free to learn from our mistakes. That's what we're here for.

As a side note, we also watched Napoleon Dynamite way too many times and the boys like to spout off quotes from the movie like "Do the chickens have large talons?" Jack tries to do the dance. See kids, the 80's were fun!


Jenny said...

Old movies we watch with the kid:

The Dark Crystal (liked it but has those super scary Skeksiez bird things - bleah)

Pee Wee's big Adventure - total hit.

Annie - a little scary at the end.

The Sandlot - she lost interest but I watched it all the way through.

Other ideas?:
The Goonies
Breakin 2 Electric Boogaloo (LOL!)
Short Circuit
Teen Wolf
Time Bandits

Jenny said...

Wait I think Gremlins was rated PG but was pretty scary... I'm trying to remember it.

Jenny said...

Oh! And The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. I loooved that one.

Jessi Louise said...

Alright, some new ones to try. I had completely forgotten about some of those. We actually have Time Bandits from the library right now, but have yet to give it a try.