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Great Sci-fi Films From The '80s You Should Rewatch

Total Film Logo By Rich Knight of Total Film | Slide 2 of 12:            Directed by Nick Castle, and starring Lance Guest, Mary Stewart, and Robert Preston, The Last Starfighter is about a teenage boy (Guest) living in a trailer park who doesn’t seem to be going anywhere in his life. That is, of course, until he masters an arcade game, which is actually a beacon to an alien fleet that is seeking qualified starfighters. A warring alien force threatens the galaxy, and by certain circumstances, the teenager becomes the last starfighter. Hence the title.                                        And it’s a fun film. The special effects are SUPER ‘80s, and the movie is a great example of what CG used to look like. The story is silly, and the alien races are ridiculous, but it has a lot of charm where it needs it. Unfortunately, in the pantheon of great sci-fi flicks of the ‘80s, it’s a little forgettable in the long-run, but it makes for a good cult film. And hey, any movie that has a plot centered around video games is A-OK with me.

The Last Starfighter (1984)

Directed by Nick Castle, and starring Lance Guest, Mary Stewart, and Robert Preston, The Last Starfighter is about a teenage boy (Guest) living in a trailer park who doesn’t seem to be going anywhere in his life. That is, of course, until he masters an arcade game, which is actually a beacon to an alien fleet that is seeking qualified starfighters. A warring alien force threatens the galaxy, and by certain circumstances, the teenager becomes the last starfighter. Hence the title.

And it’s a fun film. The special effects are SUPER ‘80s, and the movie is a great example of what CG used to look like. The story is silly, and the alien races are ridiculous, but it has a lot of charm where it needs it. Unfortunately, in the pantheon of great sci-fi flicks of the ‘80s, it’s a little forgettable in the long-run, but it makes for a good cult film. And hey, any movie that has a plot centered around video games is A-OK with me.

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