5 Awesome Movies From The 80s To Watch This Winter
The 1980s was a golden decade for the big screen, with so many classics gracing the cinema that it’s hard to keep track of them all. Perhaps that’s why there continue to be remakes and reboots of many of the movies that came out back then.
If you are looking for films to keep you warm during the winter months, there are lots of 80s gems to consider. Here are just a handful that you should buy or stream for certain.
The Princess Bride
While the controversy over a reported remake rumbles on, there is no questioning the sheer brilliance of the original. From its stellar central cast to its bevy of brilliant cameos, there is a reason that The Princes Bride is held in such high esteem by millions of people.
What makes this a wonderful winter film is the fact that it has something for everyone, with a family-friendly certification making sure kids can watch coupled with plenty of jokes for the adults to enjoy. If you are tired of the usual festive flush of movies, make sure to pop this one on your watch list.
While The Princess Bride is suitable for all ages, The Thing is definitely made with an over-18 audience in mind.
John Carpenter’s masterfully crafted horror will leave you feeling terrified and exhilarated in equal measure, and the Antarctic setting is perfectly pitched for winter viewing. You will really feel the biting cold as the cast of memorable characters try to survive against a shape-shifting extraterrestrial menace. Just make sure to watch the 1982 original and avoid the less well received 2011 prequel of the same name.
Released at the tail end of the 1980s, this comedy extravaganza stars Bill Murray and closely follows the plot of Charles Dickens’ festive favourite novel A Christmas Carol, but transposes the action to a modern setting where the selfish main character is a TV exec rather than a money lender.
It may not have made a huge impact back when it first graced cinemas, but in the intervening years it has garnered a lot of love from audiences thanks to regular re-runs around this time of year. With direction from Richard Donner and music from Danny Elfman, there is talent behind the camera as well as in front of it.
It is fairly likely that Die Hard is already an awesome movie from the 80s that you have watched in the past, but the winter is the ideal time to revisit it because there is always something new to take away from what is arguably the greatest action movie ever released.
Die Hard is the movie that turned Bruce Willis from a TV star into a Hollywood A-lister. It is also one of the final action films to really revel in the adult-oriented excesses afforded by the atmosphere of the decade itself, with plenty of quotably blue language coupled with plenty of blood and screen-filling explosions.
Die Hard is even set in the winter time, although since it takes place in Los Angeles where there’s rarely the threat of snow, it is not the most festive option, even if it is the most thrilling.
While Die Hard focuses on the solo exploits of an 80s action hero, Lethal Weapon epitomises the buddy cop dynamic with its double header of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the lead roles. It also has a suitably festive fuzziness of sentimentality to go along with the all-out adrenaline of the more dramatic sequences.
There is always debate about whether Lethal Weapon is actually superior to Die Hard, but if you can’t choose between the two, why not just watch both this winter?