I’ve been super busy lately with the tearing down of the Scirocco and the selling of its parts, a kind of 80’s nostalgia in itself for me though. That being said, I am obviously not alone with a strong attachment to the best decade that ever was. There’s way more out there but here’s two modern throwbacks that really got me smiling and hoping for more:
FAR CRY 3: BLOOD DRAGON (2013)
This game has been out for a while but it is well worth it, especially if you can find the “Far Cry Compilation” in the cheap bins at superstores. The game is available for PS3, XB360, and on PC.
This game started really really well for me with the Predator (1987) helicopter intro spoof. I’ve had a huge smile on my face for most of the game, making me wish it would last longer. There’s many spoofs / parodies to be found here; The Terminator (1984), Blade Runner (1982), The Running Man (1987), Robocop (1987), Rambo movies (1982-1988), Krull (1983), Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983-85 TV series), G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1983-1986) among many others 80’s popular culture references. In all honesty, this Blood Dragon DLC should have been the main Far Cry 3 game; Jason Brody is a sissy punk but Rex Power Colt is all man full of juicy one-liners!
Kung Fury (2015)
I’ve actually stumbled into this by pure chance. Basically, the motivation behind this movie was to make the new generation(s) that did not live in that period to experience the awesomeness of the 80’s. It is a heavy B-movie parody set in 1985 Miami that obviously doesn’t take itself seriously but still pays homage in an earnest way. Funded through Kickstarter, it was mostly filmed in an Swedish office with heavy use of green screen and CGI. The entire movie is actually available for viewing free on YouTube:
It’s not perfect but oh so entertaining still. We need more throwbacks like these for sure lest be the 80’s forgotten one day. Kudos to David Sandberg for his achievement.
Rumor goes that a full length movie set in the same universe is in the plans. Let’s hope it works out. I’ll be the first in line to go watch it!
For Kung Fury’s title song “True Survivor”, there’s also a related music video with David Hasselhoff:
What can I say? Awesome…
The current format of my nostalgia posts are too much time consuming so for the next installments I’ll probably go for a single category be it cars, music, movies, or video games, but not all of them at once!