Welcome to Savage Steve Holland Week!

steveIn honor of the news that “Savage” Steve Holland is returning to the field of teen comedies, Mutant Reviewers has decided to dedicate an entire week to looking at his 80s comedies and the man himself.  Holland’s brand of comedies contained perhaps some of the most quintessential 80s style, from the zany plots to cartoon additions to the surrealness of the decade.

So as we get the ball rolling on this theme week, sound off in the comments: What was your favorite Savage Steve Holland film and why?

Eunice does Bloodsport

bloodsport-poster“That hurts me just lookin’ at it.”

The Scoop: 1988 R, directed by Newt Arnold and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Bolo Yeung, and Leah Ayres

Tagline: The secret contest where the world’s greatest warriors fight in a battle to the death.

Summary Capsule: JVCD and Ogre fight their way through a whole bunch of ethnic stereotypes to face big bad Bolo Yeung in an underground fighting competition.

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Ghostbusters timeline

With Ghostbusters 3 filming in 2015, it’s time to look back at the long, strange journey that this franchise has taken over the years!


1984: Ghostbusters

The quirky “supernatural comedy” of a trio (later a quartet) of scientists who go into the blue-collar field of ghost extermination was a smash hit at the box office and quickly became one of the most popular films of the 80s.  It made $291 million worldwide, got two Oscar nominations, and its theme song spawned a number one hit on Billboard’s Top 40 for three weeks in a row.

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Superbowl commercial loves the 80s

If you’re a fan of the 80s, then you no doubt were screaming your head off in laughter when Radio Shack showed its “The 80s Called” commercial at the Superbowl last night:

Did you catch all of the references?

  • Hulk Hogan
  • ALF
  • Chucky
  • DeLorean
  • Erik Estrada from C.H.i.P.s.
  • Q*bert
  • Jason Vorhees
  • Devo
  • Dee Snider of Twisted Sister
  • American Olympic Gymnast Mary Lou Rhetton
  • Teen Wolf
  • Sgt. Slaughter of WWE
  • Cliff Clavin from Cheers
  • Kid ‘n Play
  • The California Raisins
  • Slim Goodbody
  • The owl from Clash of the Titans
  • Slimer

Fast Times At Ridgemont High [Before They Were Famous Week]

fast-times-poster“Am I hallucinating here? Just what in the hell do you think you’re doing?” “Learning about Cuba, and having some food.”

The Scoop: 1982 R, directed by Amy Heckerling and starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Judge Reinhold

Tagline: Fast Cars, Fast Girls, Fast Carrots…Fast Carrots?

Summary Capsule: Amy Heckerling takes a hard look at teenage life, as she chronicles the (mis)adventures of teens’ lives at a high school.

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Mike does Masters of the Universe [Before They Were Famous Week]

04772837“Let this be our final battle!”

The Scoop: 1987, PG Directed by Gary Goddard and starring Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster,  Courteney Cox and Robert Duncan McNeil.

Tagline: A battle fought in the stars. Now… comes to Earth.

Summary Capsule: Looking to get some of that sweet, sweet Hollywood coin, Mattel takes a page out of Hasbro’s playbook and pimps out their toys to the big screen. The most 80′s fantasy movie ever ensues.

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