The Absolute Weirdest Movies of the 1980s

The Absolute Weirdest Movies of the 1980s September 12, 2019Leave a comment

The '80s is a decade that is known for cheesiness. It is known for movies that are just so bad they're funny or great, but don't worry, there are some movies that are just downright weird and almost unwatchable. You don't have to watch them, but we've rounded up a list of the weirdest movies of that decade.

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

The Drunken Odyssey

Superman IV is notoriously the worst of the franchises - and there are some pretty bad Superman movies. It is the last of the Christopher Reeves films and also stars Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor. Lex's big bad villain this time is Nuclear Man and Superman has to fight to stop a nuclear disarmament.

King Kong Lives


Whoever thought "man, King Kong was great, let's make a sequel!" is a big dummy because it was one of the worst movies of the decade - if not ever. After falling from the twin towers Kong survives but has to get a fake heart implanted. Once he's okay again he senses a lady Kong and starts to wreak havoc again.

MAC and Me

Jacob Writes Forever

MAC and Me tells the story of an alien trying to escape NASA and befriends a wheelchair-ridden boy. It's basically an E.T. knockoff but bad. MAC looks creepy, the actors in it are still and cheesy, and while the story sounds good you just don't seem to care about these characters.

Cannonball Run II


Cannonball Run II was yet another sequel that should not have been made - a common theme with many of the worst 80's movies. It's the original cast of the first Cannonball Run - but BAD. They race across country for $1 million dollars, which sounds exciting, but ends up being quite the snooze fest of a movie.

Grease 2


Grease 2 took a different approach than most movies and starred nobody from the original cast except some supporting cast but it had a young Michelle Pfeiffer. Still, even Pfeiffer could not save this musical wreck. Sure there are some catchy songs but fortunately you can just listen to them solo and not watch the entire movie to enjoy them.

Amityville 3-D

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Amityville 3-D is a continuation of the Amityville series. A 3-D horror sounds potentially good now but this one was all wrong. It follows the story of a reporter that moves into the haunted home to disprove the hauntings only to have his daughter and friend to start experiencing the terrors.

The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

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The Garbage Pail Kids were a series of gross-out sticker cards kids collected in the 80s. They decided to make a movie about them and it was all sorts of wrong. The Garbage Pail Kids were just too creepy to enjoy on the screen. When it tried to be funny it was just gross and critics hated it.

Howling II

Den of Geek

The Howling is a werewolf-themed movie series based off books of the same name and, for the most part, it was pretty fun. But there is always one bad one and that award goes to the second one. This sequel is the only one that follows the plot of the original movie and takes some input from the book author Gary Brandner. Unfortunately none of that could help this movie from being bad.

Going Overboard


Going Overboard was Adam Sandler's first movie and we know, especially lately, he is not consistent with making quality movies. It's about a young comedian who takes a job on a cruise ship to break into cruise ship comedy.

Howard the Duck

Geek Tyrant

We couldn't leave out the 80's D-list classic Howard the Duck! A humanoid Duck is sent to Earth to stop an alien invasion. So he's a sarcastic, cigar-smoking, talking duck from outer space sent to help Earth? Yup you got it. A female rock and roll singer starts to fall for him too. In the end, it's just too weird of a movie to like.

Caddyshack II


Caddyshack II is another sequel that had the original cast but really just didn't hold up at all, maybe because the story just went nuts. When a new-money billionaire's application to a country club gets turned down he retaliates by buying the club and turning it into a theme park.

Leonard Part 6


Leonard Part 6 came out during peak Cosby - you know before it came out he was a huge sexual assailant. Leonard Part 6 was a spy spoof movie about a spy that comes out of retirement to fight a criminal mastermind. The jokes seemed forced and it turned out to be more of a "whoops!" than a spoof.

Mommie Dearest

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Mommie Dearest is the famous Joan Crawford biopic. It tells the story of how Joan abused her adopted children to help her fame and career. It also taught children never to hang up their mom's clothing with wire hangers ("No more wire hangers, ever!!" - just kidding.

Soul Man

The Unwatchables

Soul Man tells the story of a white male teenager that decides to post an African American in order to get a scholarship for Harvard. You would think movies like this wouldn't be made anymore but a similar one just did this past May - Loqueesha - about a white guy posing as a black woman to popularize his radio show. Though in Loqueesha he didn't wear blackface, just voiced her on the radio.

Jaws: The Revenge


Jaws: The Revenge was the fourth installment of the Jaws franchise. You'd think after Jaws 3-D it couldn't get much worse, but it did - much, much worse. It tells the story of Chief Brody's widow and family being directly targeted by a shark to exact revenge.

Maximum Overdrive


Maximum Overdrive is a movie written and directed by Stephen King - yes, that Stephen King. It's about a movie about people trying to survive when machines start to come alive and start killing people. It just proves that Stephen King should stick to writing books.

Teen Wolf Too


Teen Wolf Too is based off the original teen wolf - a teen boy becoming a wolf during high school. Almost entirely the same premise except this wolf boy is a wrestler not a basketball player and the movie is just not as fun. Maybe Michael J. Fox is just more charming and fun to watch than Jason Bateman?

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan


Friday the 13th had almost countless parts to the crazy franchise and they all go pretty crazy but the craziest and worst? Definitely Part 8 when Jason takes Manhattan. When teenagers on a boat head towards Manhattan they take another passenger - Jason!


Empire Online

It's always fun to see an A-list celebrity in a bad movie, thank goodness there's Cocktail. Cocktail is about a New York bartender that takes a job in Jamaica and falls in love. It's cheesy, it's silly, but boy is Tom Cruise still pretty dreamy in it.



Inchon was supposed to be an epic tale about the Korean War and boy did it turn into an epic snooze fest instead. War movies have to capture your attention, have some sort of thrill, not just regurgitate facts in the form of dialogue. This one is a perfect film to take a nap to.

The Lonely Lady

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The Lonely Lady is about an aspiring screenwriter who lets other exploit her in the hopes of achieving fame and success. It's mostly sad and uncomfortable, but, fortunately for the movie, it did win the Razzie for Worst Film in 1983!


Back Row Cinema

Another Razzie winner is Ishtar which tells the wacky story of lounge singers who are supposed to play at a Moroccan hotel but end up becoming weird pawns in between the C.I.A., the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow him. Although it stars Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty the premise was too out there for audiences to enjoy


The Nerd Mentality

Hobgoblins tells the story of hobgoblin creatures that allow you to live out your fantasies but kill you in the process and a security guard who is determined to stop them. After being highlighted on Mystery Science Theatre 3000 it developed a cult follow, but that still doesn't make it good.

Under the Cherry Moon

Roger Ebert

Under the Cherry Moon was Prince's follow up to Purple Rain, don't remember it? Well it's pretty bad, that's why. This movie is so bad it also won a Razzie for worst film in 1986. It's a romance about two cousins trying to woo a new billionaire and it make it even more thrilling - it's all in black and white.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

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Although the title says "The Final Frontier" the movie is hardly the end of the Star Trek franchise. To be honest, with all of the other great ones, we really didn't need this one. This one tells the story of how the crew must deal with Spock's long lost half-brother who is determined to search for God in the middle of the galaxy. It was just too much.