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The year 1985 started out like any other year during that decade. Ronald Reagan was sworn in for a second US Presidential term. Along the way Reagan made a book deal for $3 million. Video gamers took their playing to the next level with the Nintendo Entertainment System. The newspaper cartoon Calvin and Hobbes debuted in 1985. On August 31 in Los Angeles, serial killer Richard Ramirez was captured. Microsoft released Windows 1.0. Entertainment wise, LiveAid and Back To The Future was the talk of the town.

During this year, Dario Argento produced and co-wrote the film Demoni. Also internationally known under the title Demons, the film was actually directed by Argento protege Lamberto Bava.

The film trailer for the week, Demoni:

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Today’s my birthday. So I wondered if there was a Horror film with a birthday theme to it. Looked up movie trailers on YouTube and sure enough, it did not disappoint.

This cinematic nasty, Happy Birthday To Me was released in the year 1981. Pope John Paul II had bad luck that year, with two attempted assignations. Anwar Sadat got the hit instead. US president Ronald Reagan got in on the act as well, getting wounded by a gunshot. This was capped off by Buckwheat, as he said O-tay for the very last time.

Actually that last statement was not true. ‘Buckwheat Buys The Farm’ was one of the best known skits from Saturday Night Live that year. Buckwheat was a regular character from the ’81 season. One of Eddie Murphy’s best television sketches before he went off and made a whole bunch of crappy movies.

Apparently some people can never get enough of bloodshed. The year of 1981 saw the release of the Horror flick, Happy Birthday To Me. Here’s the trailer:

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The year of 1979. It was the end of one decade, with promises of new on the horizon. American children chowed down on McDonald’s Happy Meals while wearing Underoos underneath their clothing. The golden age of Lego’s began around this time. China began its population control with its One Child Policy that year. Meanwhile, over in Iran, Khomeini seizes power. A Disco Demolition night in Chicago’s Comiskey Park far exceeded all expectations, resulting in a near riot.

Film director Russ Meyer was busy in the year of 1979. Continuing in his own tradition of mammary promotion, he was the auteur behind Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens. The star of Meyer’s last theatrical release, Kitten Natividad was also his girlfriend during this period.

So here’s the movie trailer of the week for Monday, March 22, 2010.

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The year 1984 was anticipated but not as close as it was described in the Orwell novel. (Actually, in the year 2010 we’re more aligned with what Orwell foretold than in 1984 itself) Yet 84 was still an interesting year. The AIDS virus was identified by French Immunologist. The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale, currently known as iMac. The AT&T monopoly gets broken up.

The most popular films from 1984 ranged from Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Terminator, Amadeus, Police Academy, and the original version of The Karate Kid. It was the first year of the MTV video music awards, and BandAid tried to help starving children in Africa with a holiday song. Speaking of music, some of the most popular musical acts of its day were Duran Duran, Wham!, and David Bowie, who sang about 1984.

1984 was also the year the independent film Suburbia was released. Directed by Penelope Spheeris, it used real Californian street kids and squatter punks instead of professional actors. There was a few exceptions. Out of the few professionals actors used, it should be noted that Flea from The Red Hot Chili Peppers was among the cast.

This is not really a ‘grindhouse’ film per say. I first viewed this film on VHS back in the eighties. In my opinion found it depressing, but still appreciate the film for its non-exploitative realism. Penelope Spheeris later went on to direct ‘Wanye’s World.’ Without further due, here’s the movie trailer of the week for March 15th, 2010:

BTW, Suburbia is being released on DVD May 2010.

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Last night Kathryn Bigelow won two Academy Awards. Not only was she the first woman to win an Oscar, but she also won the coveted prize of Best Picture for 2010. However, before she directed the war drama The Hurt Locker, in 1987 she had directed a little known vampire flick titled Near Dark.

I actually saw Near Dark in the theater in 1987. At the risk of further dating myself, I will tell you that the movie theater was the now closed 8th Street Playhouse. The same place where The Rocky Horror Picture Show played every weekend for years, with Sal Piro MC’ing. So one day after school, I headed downtown to Greenwich Village to check out this little known pic about down and dirty vampires from Oklahoma.

So while the whole Iran-Contra affair was going down in 1987, Near Dark was released. Initially it was a box office disappointment, but it deservedly lives on thanks to a cult following. Also, check out a few niffy little facts. The 1986 sci-fi hit Aliens shared some of the same cast as Near Dark. James Cameron not only directed Aliens but would later marry Kathryn Bigelow. The marriage itself didn’t last that long. In 2010, both Cameron and Bigelow were nominated for Oscars in the Best Director category. Cameron for Avatar, and Bigelow for The Hurt Locker. Bigelow won. Life can be interesting that way.

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Time for another weekly movie trailer of the week. This week, we’ll continue to stay in the year 1980. Back then, Brooke Shields whispered in your ear that nothing came between her and her Calvins. However, on the silver screen, teenagers were doing more than getting close to a pair of jeans. Check out this coming of age drama where your daughters grew up way too fast:

Jodie Foster was cast in the lead role. It should be noted that also starring was Cherie Currie, former lead singer of that seminal all-girl rock band, The Runaways. So before the film bio epic “The Runaways” plays in your local theater, check out this DVD.

Oh yeah, it also had actor Randy Quaid before all that messy legal stuff.

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Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite wishes he could relive the year of 1982.

It wasn’t bad year in pop culture history, I suppose. Except for when The Equal Rights Amendment didn’t make enough votes to pass in congress. That kinda sucked as Phyllis Schlafly and the good old Christian right reveled its its defeat. Former Saturday Night Live alumni and converted punk rocker John Belushi (Belushi was a huge fan of the L.A. punk band Fear) dies from a drug overdose. So there was consolation in Atari 2600 video games and the creation of the CD player. Across the Atlantic, Princess Diana gave birth to her first son William. Meanwhile onward British soldiers as they fought in the Falklands War.

One of the top grossing films of that year was E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. However, when everyone else was oohing and ahhing over that butt-ugly alien, there was a few horror fans across the sleazier side of town. They were asking what was in the basket.

Basket Case is a 1982 horror classic totally worth checking out. It’s definitely a proud addition to my own personal DVD collection. The director, Frank Henenlotter went on to produce another horror classic in 1990 titled Frankenhooker.

Without no further hesitation, here’s the trailer to the original Basket Case:

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