For the past couple of years for my birthday, I have been getting some of my closest friends together for a little movie marathon. Since my main movie passion is horror movies, it seemed logical to call the thing Camp Stiddy-Stab and base these marathons around the films I love. For the first ever get-together, we went traditional and just based all the movies on Summer Camp Slasher movies, but this year I decided to take it back to the beginning and decided to show the three movies I probably watched the most as a child.
When you watch a movie as a kid it becomes a part of who you are. You incorporate it in everything in your life, from the way you play, to the way you interact with other people. It becomes a part of who you are in a way that only entertainment can, so it should come as no surprise that nostalgia is a very real thing for kids that grew up in the 1980s. We were the first generation to really rent movies, as my friend Adam Rose wrote about on this very site, but it also should come as no shock that people who watch the same movies for the first time as adults would have a completely different experience. With that in mind, lets talk about some damn movies.
Commando is the first Action Movie that I can ever remember seeing. As a child, I watched Arnold Schwarzenegger attempting to save his daughter as if it was the most serious epic ever put to film. As an adult, well, it certainly still plays as a fun movie to watch with friends. I don't know for sure at what age movies like Commando become less a piece of art to be taken seriously, and more a spectacle to be laughed with and not at, but it certainly happens. The action scenes in the movie are always a sight to behold, and the film is kinda the ultimate crowd pleaser. If you wanna have a good time at a party, put this movie on and let Arnie and that badass Bennett take you on a damn ride. I promised myself I would end this with a joke about blowing off some steam, but I lied...See what I did there?
THE ZERO BOYS
To the nine year old part of my brain, The Zero Boys are the epitome of what cool guys looked like. Laugh all you want, but all I wanted growing up was an Uzi and a couple of bros to go out in the woods and take down some bad guys. Zero Boys is the personification of action film mixed with slasher movie. The premise is pretty simple, as a group of paint ballers take their ladies, whether just won or not, to the woods for a fun evening, stumble upon an insane family's house, and horror unfolds. It is pure 1980's schlock and I can not get enough of it. Arrow Video recently put out an amazing Blu-Ray, so the movie has never looked or sounded better. If you are looking for a movie that makes any sense at all, skip The Zero Boys at all costs. But if you are looking for a movie that delivers on every ounce of its potential, you couldn't do any better.
THE LOST BOYS
This is the teen vampire movie (sorry Twilight). I fell in love with The Lost Boys from the opening credits, as The Doors penned song "People are Strange" begins to play. Everything about the movie is geared towards a 10 year-old kid, so it is no wonder that for a lot of years, I considered this my favorite movie. The Frog Bros. were my ultimate heroes and I carried a backpack with homemade survival tools almost everywhere I went. The most important thing about watching the movie now, and especially with a crowd, is that it is a legitimately good movie. Where the other two flicks serve as a good time or fun party movies, The Lost Boys holds up in every way. The scares are still scary, the comedy still works, and the movie is nothing but heart. I will always love this movie, no matter what.
In summation, if you want to have a great time, grab some fun movies and invite over some great friends. It's an age old custom, and it still works, even today.