The return of the 80s

Dust off your old VHS tapes, the 80s have become the most influential decade in entertainment.
Stranger Things (2016 - )


The legacy of Stranger Things has literally been built from blockbusters of the 1980’s, paying homage to iconic films like E.T., The Goonies, Gremlins and countless more (seriously, there are too many to name). The series is bookended between games of Dungeons & Dragons which hint at the direction of the story arc. Everything from the music, style and editing oozes 80s, so if you love that time (or just like being entertained), you need to start watching ASAP.

(Disclaimer: side effects of watching Stranger Things include cutting yourself a mullet and busting out the twenty-sided die)


Ready Player One (2018)


Steven Spielberg creates true movie magic with the reality-bending thrill ride that is Ready Player One. Wade and his friends must navigate a virtual puzzle by discovering ‘80s Easter eggs hidden in the game, and in doing so can literally rule the world. Nostalgia IS the solution. Watching Ready Player One is like reading a love letter to the ‘80s and will leave you with major nostalgic feels. It proves the era has a strong hold over Hollywood and will continue weaving its retro magic for years to come.


Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (2017)


The bright colour schemes and comic-book feel are the perfect backdrop to a film laden with 80’s pop culture references. Who can forget the scene where Peter Quill turns into Pac-Man to fight his father? Not to mention that soundtrack (which is just as strong as it was in Volume 1) which manages to hook us with familiarity. Other TV shows and films on this list have dark and serious undertones, but Guardians reminds us that the 80s were also about having fun. 


IT (2017)


The recent IT reboot proved to audiences everywhere that Pennywise is just as traumatizing as the first time he crawled out of the sewer and onto our screens. But there’s more than terrifying clowns being revived here. The idea that a group of misfits could be the heroes of a story was founded in 80’s cinema, with movies like The Lost Boys and The Breakfast Club setting the tone for what a protagonist could look like. The Loser’s Club in IT may not be popular in their world, but they won audiences over, thanks to a nostalgia for outsiders.


The Final Girls (2015)


When it comes to self-aware cinema, The Final Girls is as meta as it gets. Similar to Ready Player One, the main characters find themselves trapped in a virtual world – only in this case, the world is an 80’s horror movie and they must use tropes of the genre to survive. Fans of 80’s slashers will find themselves engrossed in this extremely affectionate satire of the decade.

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