Firecracker (1981) – A fistfull of awesome

Firecracker aka Naked Fist, both sound like a hell of a good time, but I’m going with the former because this is one dynamite movie. Filmed on location in the Philippines, you can practically feel the humidity suffocating our black belt heroine as she delves into a twisted world of drugs and blood sport in search of her missing sister. Plenty of blood and clothes are shed along the way in this action packed display of excess…

Deathstalker (1983) – Swords, sorcery, & stupidity

What a tangled web of fantasy and intrigue we have here. Spun from the blandest of materials, and woven so ineptly into a short and sweet tapestry of trash. It’s a dirty, sweaty spectacle, taking directly from Dungeons and Dragons, He Man, and The Lord of the Rings…

She (1984) – Journey to the centre of insanity

Strap in, because this is a bizarre whirlwind of crazy antics and nonsensical events that will excite and confound. With its strange post-apocalyptic-meets-Medieval setting it comes across something like Monty Python and the Holy Grail on an acid trip, backed by a rocking soundtrack from Rick Wakeman and Motörhead?!…

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…

R.O.T.O.R (1988) – Stupid SciFi shenanigans

Imagine taking The Terminator and RoboCop and melting them for scrap in Megacity One, while a Noir protagonist watches on, narrating of course. Now water it down, and throw in irrelevant mouthfuls of dialogue, and you’ve got this strangely amusing, postmodern rubbish heap…

Angel of Destruction (1994) – Crazy for action

Angel of Destruction, how could you possibly pass up a movie with a title that good? It has everything you could want too, from kickboxers in comically intense fight scenes, to a weird Cold War undercurrent, and pop star strippers performing original songs. It is a cheesy, seedy, and dark film where justice gets served hot, and the women do a lot of arse-kicking…

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…

The Last American Virgin (1982) – Teensploitation shenanigans

The Last American Virgin is kind of the missing link between the sexploitation comedies of the mid 70s and the teen comedies of the 80s – very gritty and low budget, but also having a keenly youth-sympathetic story and production. It’s finest feature is definitely the soundtrack, Davidson rather impressively spent most of whatever modest budget he had on it. Consequently it’s one of the best Pop soundtracks in film history…