|The Cheese Stands Alone|
Have some wine handy? There's plenty of cheese on hand as we look at some of the '80s' biggest misfires and guilty pleasures
By Don Kaye
Our previous two features examined the undisputed best sci-fi and horror films of the '80s as well as the decade's overlooked and underappreciated gems. Now it's time to turn to the cheese: movies that were released in the '80s that were, for the most part, just plain bad -- yet still worthy of a look and even a guilty pleasure for some.
That term -- "guilty pleasure" -- can mean different things to different people. For us, at least when it comes to movies, it means films that really aren't worth the time to watch -- but you still can't tear your eyes away. Some of these films are so laugh-out-loud dumb that one simply marvels at their existence, and yet we still feel drawn to them in that strange, accident-by-the-side-of-the-road way. There can be great joy in watching a really bad movie: Somehow you appreciate the fact that the people involved actually thought they were doing something good.
The '80s were literally bursting with cheese: There are too many movies to list here, and a lot that we haven't seen in a long time. So please forgive us if "Yor, Hunter From the Future" or something along those lines didn't quite make the cut -- they're all here in spirit. Plus, we think we'd go insane if we watched every single one of them all over again ...
(20th Century Fox Film Corp./Everett Collection/MGM/Rex Features/Universal)