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Frank Sidebottom The Home of the Retrospective


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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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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The Ice Pirates (1984) starring Robert Urich and Mary Crosby

An uneven swashbuckler-influenced 1980s space opera comedy directed by Stewart Raffill, also starring Anjelica Huston, Ron Perlman and John Carradine.

Robert Urich, Anjelica Huston and company in The Ice Pirates

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) directed by James Gunn

This MCU adaptation space opera, starring Chris Pratt and the voice of Bradley Cooper, is still widely considered to be one of the best of the franchise.

Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy

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Flash Gordon (1980)

Dino de Laurentiis's adaptation is a gaudy, Queen-scored cult classic.

Zarkov, Flash and Dale meet Ming

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​Lifeforce (1985)

A love-hate relationship with this space sex vampire flick from Cannon Pictures.

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