#97 The Experts (1989)

It’s too bad there isn’t a genre called ’You crazy Americans’, shouted out with a heartful laughter in thick east European accent. Because this is the kind of 80s that would fall right into this category.

There’s something special to the cold war comedies of the 80s, seeing all the huge problem just melt away with a little cultural exchange of Vodka and western rock’n’roll.

The Experts earns a 20% baseline score for the movie itself, a 10% bonus for Kelly Preston and additional 9% for just the sheer inanity and stupidity of the whole concept and story and a multiplier of two for being a cold war comedy.

80s-o-meter: 90%

Total: 78%

#95 Three O’Clock High (1987)

A high school loner tries desperately to find his way away from the doom waiting him in the afternoon in Three O’Clock High, a terrifyingly terrific comedy that is just as suspenseful as the best thrillers out there.

The antagonist played by Richard Tyson is by leaps and bounds the baddest, most remorseless school thug of the 80s, and should be up the with the most iconic and chilling movie villains with the likes of Hannibal Lecter and Sergeant Hartman.

80s-o-meter: 96%

Total: 93%

#80 Not of This Earth (1988)

Reviewing B-grade movies is not maybe the easiest of tasks. They’re clumsy, amateurish and in many cases outright inane. But some of them do have the underdog mentality which makes you root for them, like you would a jamaican bobsled team.

Not of This Earth starring the controversial porn star Traci Lords is not a good movie by any standard. It has that certain cheapness written all over it: Bad acting, cheap effects, boom mics and crew visible in shots. The script is dumb and dialogue sucks and all in all it haas that feel of a cheap porn movie, but without the actual sex scenes.

Therefore it’s a big surprise the movie manages to entertain. Why, I have no clue – it just does.

That’s just the way underdogs are sometimes.

80s-o-meter: 66%

Total: 61%