10 eighties movies to watch on Amazon Prime right now

Something weird happened to me this weekend: I found a bunch of flicks from the ’80s on Amazon Prime that I hadn’t seen in years and re-discovered why I loved the decade so much in the first place.

In all fairness, I subscribe to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime these days. But I’m finding it harder to turn off Amazon Prime. They keep surprising me by re-releasing flicks I hadn’t thought about in 30 years. (Sure, the service still offers the big hits – Dirty Dancing and Pretty in Pink – are also available.)

Here are 10 forgotten flicks from the ’80s that you should watch on Amazon Prime right now. (They are currently free to watch for Prime members.)

1. GLEAMING THE CUBE (1989): Christian Slater as a skateboarder/boy detective? We’re game. Thrown in a cameo by Tony Hawk and we’re hooked.

2. MY MOM’S A WEREWOLF (1989): Remember when monster movies were campy first and creepy second? Yep, the ’80s.

3. HOT PURSUIT (1987): One of John Cusack’s forgotten classics, especially when paired with Robert Loggia and a very young Ben Stiller.

4. THE BURBS (1989): Oh, Tom Hanks. Even after the genius of Big, you had a few landmines left in your career. Still, this one is beloved without shame by the ’80s generation.

5. OVER THE TOP (1987): Best part of this movie? Kenny Loggins sings Meet Me Halfway. Other than that, just get a plate of tortilla chips ready for all the cheese.

6. ROBOT CARNIVAL (1987): This anthology of eight short films from Japanese animators is revered by anime fans.

7. THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BONZAI (1984): I just watch this for the John Lithgow scenes. “Laugh-a while you can, monkey-boy.”

8. BAT 21 (1988): A forgotten Vietnam War classic. Gene Hackman stars as a military strategist who is shot down during a recon mission and must survive on the groups with his wits and the help of an Air Force pilot (played by Danny Glover). Catch this one while you can.

9. SPACEHUNTER: ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE (1983): When you consider the talent involved (Molly Ringwald, Ivan Reitman, Elmer Bernstein), you will do a double-take when you realize just how forbidden this movie really is. Dreadful, but still a great answer to any trivia challenge.

10. RUNAWAY (1984): Long sigh here, because I just finished watching this. Tom Selleck and Cynthia Rhodes are cops specializing in taking down wayward robots. But the real villain is – wait for it – Gene Simmons from Kiss! God bless our decade!

Episode 472: Summer of ’84 movie review and Graham Verchere interview

Actor Graham Verchere is our special guest as we talk about his new movie “Summer of ’84,” a thriller set in our beloved ’80s. You can see “Summer of 84” in select theaters August 10th and on VOD and digital platforms August 24th.

Also this week, the return of “Please Please Tell Me Now.”

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Episode 471: ’80s Redux author/photographer Mike Hipple interview

Mike Hipple is the author of a new book about our decade: “80s Redux: Your Favorite Musicians Today.” He joins us on this week’s podcast to talk about his book and his encounters with some of the most beloved artists of our decade, including Dave Wakeling of the English Best, Cindy Wilson of the B-52s and more.

Mike is also giving away a free signed copy of his book for this week’s seggie winner.

Also, always we thank our sponsors for making Stuck in the ’80s happen. This week, that includes The 80s Cruise. Use the promo AUGUST for special pricing and a full year to pay it off.

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Thanks thanks for music supplied by Breakfast Club – 80s Revisited and Dark Light – 80s Revisited.

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Episode 470: Epic Metal Albums Turning 30

Remember way back in ye olden days when Stuck in the ’80s promised to do more shows on metal? Well, we did one. And now we’re doing another. Special guest host Dave Dirt joins to show to give up the goods on three amazing metal albums that turned 30 in 2018.

Stuck in the ’80s is sponsored by The 80s Cruise. Use the promo code SIT80s to get a free drink package on select cabins. And then start prepping for our Big ’80s Trivia challenges, hosted by B-Rad, Spearsy and Jen with One N next year.

Stuck in the ’80s is also a proud partner of Care/Of. For 25% off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins, visit takecareof.com and enter 80s. 

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Episode 469: Revisiting the Songs that Ended the ’80s

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What’s that quote from Tom Cruise in “Cocktail?” All things end badly – otherwise they wouldn’t end. So how did the ’80s end? With a bang or a whimper? Or was it just a overly choreographed music video from some one-hot wonder. On this week’s podcast, we revisit an older episode and second-guess our picks for songs that ended the ’80s.

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This week’s episode is also sponsored by The 80s Cruise. Use the promo code SIT80s when you book a Veranda Stateroom or higher at the First Time Guest Price and the first two people in the cabin receive a free Classic Beverage Package (a $409 value).

End date: August 15, 2018.

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Episode 468: The 80s Cruise Theme Night Reveal with Special Guest


The 2019 voyage of The 80s Cruise is shaping up to be truly unique. A new ship. New theme nights. New bands, of course. And to help us all wrap our nostalgia-filled brains around it, The 80s Cruise production manager Joey Fairchild visits the podcast to give us the latest scoop.

Plus, Spearsy tries to stump Brad in LA and Jen With One N with a special cruise trivia challenge.

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