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FILM RETROSPECTIVES

A nostalgic (but not blindly nostalgic) look back at some cult and classic movies. Are they worth checking out once you take off the rose-tinted glasses? Find out in this retrospective section.

Hercules (1983) written and directed by Luigi Cozzi

Lou Ferrigno and Sybil Danning won Razzies for their work in this incoherent and guiltily amusing peplum revival. If you ever wanted to see a bear being hurled through space courtesy of laughable special effects, then you might derive some enjoyment from this.

Sybil Danning and Ingrid Anderson in Hercules (1983)

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Big Trouble in Little China (1986) directed by John Carpenter

Kurt Russell plays Jack Burton, one of his most iconic yet buffoonish characters, in this zippy and witty homage to Chinese and Japanese swordplay fantasies, trucker movies and screwball comedies.

James Hong in Big Trouble in Little China

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Aguirre, Wrath Of God (1972) directed by Werner Herzog

Herzog's historical account of the hopeless delusion of the 16th-century Spanish conquistador expedition to the fabled land of El Dorado is a chaotic but masterful stream of cinematic bolts out of the blue. A genuinely deranged Klaus Kinski stands at the film's centre.

Klaus Kinski in Aguirre, Wrath of God

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) starring Harrison Ford

It's a film which barely needs any introduction! Steven Spielberg's first Indiana Jones adventure has been much sequelled, cloned, parodied and homaged through the years - but never quite equalled.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

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1941 (1979) directed by Steven Spielberg and starring John Belushi

Spielberg’s chaotic misfire of a big-budget WWII comedy was a critical and (to a lesser extent) commercial blip from which he thankfully recovered.

Christopher Lee and Toshiro Mifune in 1941

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Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) directed by Lucio Fulci

This video nasty was conceived as a cash-in on George Romero's Day of the Dead but has become something of a cult classic in its own right thanks to its excellent practical gore effects.

Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) silent animation

Lotte Reiniger's painstakingly-detailed adaptation of a One Thousand and One Nights story is the oldest surviving feature-length animated film.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

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Battle Beyond The Stars (1980) produced by Roger Corman

With the new Star Wars film coming out, it's time to look back at an old pretender to the space opera throne.

George Peppard relaxes his way through Battle Beyond the Stars

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Enter the Ninja (1981) starring Franco Nero and Susan George

Menahem Golan kicked off the Western world's 1980s Ninja craze with this entertaining but problematic low-budget action flick, also starring Sho Kosugi.

Franco Nero and Susan George in Enter the Ninja (1981)

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Escape from New York (1981) directed by John Carpenter

This cult classic, starring Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Isaac Hayes and Harry Dean Stanton, works largely because of its atmosphere and amusing performances.

Kurt Russell is Snake Plissken in Escape from New York

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