Never underestimate the power of nostalgia.

Here are five weird flicks that hardly anyone remembers but that enthralled my childhood self:

1. The Monster Squad
This one just came out on DVD and hundreds of thirty year old nerds rejoiced.

2. The Quest
No, not the Jean Claude Van Damme movie, although this one is just as bad. It’s Henry Thomas in some weird Australian movie about a legendary lake monster (that — spoiler alert — turns out to be an old bulldozer or something affected by magnetic forces in the area). Yeah. It’s awesome.

3. The Explorers
Ethan Hawke. River Phoenix. Anyone remember this? It made me want to build a space ship in my garage.

4. “The Red Room Riddle”
This was an ABC Saturday “O.G. Readmore” afternoon movie that scared the bejeebers out of me. I’ve actually caught portions of it on YouTube.

5. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
This is the 1978 remake with Donald Sutherland. Super creepy. I just rented this from NetFlix recently to do some reminiscing and it still freaks me out.

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7 thoughts on “Five For Friday: Weird Movies I Loved When I Was a Kid”

  1. Vitamin Z says:

    Red Dawn – classic.z

  2. Jared says:

    Yes! That almost made my list. Also, The Twilight Zone: The Movie.

  3. jagis says:

    the explorers is one of the greatest.here’s one that I am confident I am alone on:The Big Blue staring Jean Reno. a movie about free-style divers (no, not divers that do cool tricks off the diving board) they would see how far down they could go without oxigen. I don’t know what it was about this movie but it made me want to be a diver. problem is I didn’t like getting my head wet as a kid.

  4. Jeremy says:

    dude, cloak and dagger?i own it again on vhs! no need to bring up the demise of our childhood copy.

  5. Brian says:

    Jagis – No joke, I was thinking of that exact movie when I started reading Jared’s post. And then I see it mentioned in the comments. Kinda strange… Not sure what it was – maybe that the lead characters were so driven – but it just drew me in. I can remember the opening scene when he was free-diving with the scientists in Antarctica(?). Too weird.Some others…The Day of the Dolphin – George C Scott teaches dolphins to speak and they are stolen for a nefarious purposeThe Thief Who Came to Dinner – Ryan O’Neal is a computer geek(yes, in ’73) turned cat burglar who leaves chess moves at his crimes. Add in Jacqueline Bisset and what more could you ask for?Note : I was a barely out of Kindergarten when those two movies came out but I remember catching them on Sunday afternoons years later.

  6. Cavman says:

    Crime Busters with Terrence Hill and Bud Spenser in a spaghetti-cop film. Lots of bad acting and silly fight scenes.Those old Disney movies with Kurt Russell and then transition to Escape from New York.

  7. Jared's Mom says:

    How could you forget Cloak and Dagger after making a trip to San Antonio to find the Light Building and trying to locate the exact spot on the River Walk where one of the scenes took place?;-)

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