Deadly Addiction (1988) – The kids wanna rock

What you’ve got here is the classic premise of a reckless, renegade cop versus an international drug ring. Director and star Jack Vacek can barely contain his excitement, and it’s somehow infectious. The story is entirely unoriginal, predictable, and ham fisted, but it goes down in an over-the-top blaze of glory…

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Dead End City (1988) – “It’s showtime!”

Man this movie knows how to get your attention, coming at you hard and fast in the opening credits, leaving several bodies in its wake. The slickness of the production had me a little excited straight away – throw in Robert Z’Dar and a cheesy, pulsing, synthesiser score, and the whole thing comes out looking pretty promising…

1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982) – Back to the future

With a title so intriguing, and a poster so gnarly, it’s no surprise that 1990: The Bronx Warriors is one hell of a movie – positively dripping in style, while remaining totally silly. See, in the far off year of 1990, the Bronx has been declared a lawless zone, where proper society discards its trash…

Cyclone (1987) – Superbikes and synthesisers

Don’t be fooled by the title, this is not a lame disaster movie about inclement weather, it’s actually an awesome, totally 80s, on-the-run flick, involving a radical, military prototype motorbike that shoots lasers and runs on hydrogen. There’s a tonne of goodness on offer, including a half-decent story, a sweet future bike, destructive car chases, teen heartthrob Heather Thomas, and stuntman extraordinaire Dar Robinson…

Robo Vampire (1988) – You won’t believe your eyes

Prepare your whole body, all of your senses, and warn your immediate family, because Robo Vampire is an experience out of this world. It features a trash can RoboCop, brought to life in Hong Kong to fight a minor drug lord and a Chinese wizard who controls jumping, flipping, smoke breathing, firework shooting, immortal vampires. Take that and throw in half an hour of Thai (I think) mercenaries recovering prisoners from evil dudes, the kind who throw jumbo cartons of eggs on the ground for no reason…

Killing American Style (1990) – Wholesome homestyle killing

Barely into the title cards you’ll be cheering for the American style killing to begin. Once the iconic jaw of Robert Z’Dar comes in, all set and ready for a heist, excitement abounds – with gunfights aplenty, sweet kickboxing action, a home invasion come hostage situation, and classic Amir Shervan narrative appropriation…

Miami Connection (1987) – Retro overload

Let me introduce you to a corrupt, 1980s Florida with beaches and neon as far as the eye can see. Here, a spirited Tae Kwon Do band fights a camp, camo-wearing street gang and a horde of drug-dealing motorcycle Ninjas. They do so only with the power of friendship and martial arts, all backed by a deliciously cheesy, original soundtrack…