What an odd bunch of pictures for Universal to be touting - I haven't heard of or seen several of them: Slayground, Crackers, Under the Volcano, Stick, Tank and Comfort and Joy?
Of course, there's a few gems in here: Sixteen Candles, a movie I never tire of, and Repo Man is a cult classic.
Check out some more pages from this entertainment trade magazine from January 1984 - it's interesting to see films and TV shows marketed towards distributors and not towards audiences as we're used to seeing.
Of all the advertising in this edition of Variety, this one seemed the most out of place. It's the only sexploitation flick given a full page spread. And how odd that they need to announce "Principal Photography Completed!" as if they were referring to a movie anyone cared about. Even odder is the trademark at the bottom: Hollytubs Co. Ltd. WTF?
The Lift was one of Holland's biggest movies of the 80s? I've seen it; it's about a killer elevator, and it's monumentally terrible. Plus, it's only '84; we're not even half way through the decade yet - how can you say "biggest films of the 80's" yet?
Dear Lord, the 80s were a low point in cinema. If these are the two films New World Pictures chooses to send up the flagpole, there's a problem.
Robert Easton must be good - he's helped Todd Bridges and Tanya Roberts. In all seriousness, a quick Google search proved he was indeed the man when it came to accent coaching.
I've no doubt VFM is gonna market the hell out of your film . I just question their choice to use "Strangers in Love" as their example. Are they sexploitation specialists? I did a quick Google search and came up empty.
Again, these are the films that Virgin is choosing to tout? I've not heard of Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? or Loose Connections. I remember seeing Electric Dreams in the theater.
The principal photography of The Company of Wolves is complete. We can all breath a sigh of relief.
Now we're getting into the TV portion of the paper...
C.H.i.P.s had just been cancelled; but this isn't an advertisement like you'd see in TV Guide, promoting it to audiences. This is promoting its syndicated reruns to networks. There's quite a few ads like these in this issue.
"Call now. You don't want them working for the competition... it may be dangerous."
I don't recall Bizarre at all. It looks like something I would have liked, with Super Dave a regular on the show. How did this slip under my radar?
I'll bet this was horrible.
Yep. I guess I shouldn't be too quick to slam American Idol and The Voice as I watched Puttin' on the Hits every single week. As I recall the host had curly blond hair and contestants basically just had to karaoke to current hits.
Portfolio X sounds like a porno; instead it's just a bunch of Paramount films sold in a bundle at at clearance price to TV stations. Urban Cowboy, Foul Play, Tenspeed & Brownshoe - everything must go!
"Benson appeals to men, women, teens and kids."
I was a bit too old to enjoy Saturday morning TV in '84, but I still vividly remember the arcade cartoons.
Quite a mixed bag of offerings for your TV lineup: "Jennifer's Journey" alongside some weird cartoon called "Rocky Joe".. and then there's the random David Bowie Low album cover.
I actually remember The Biskitts. Allow me to be more specific - I actually remember hating The Biskitts.
Hell yes. I'm popping and locking all the way there.
Looks like some good shows at the Sands. Backstage passes for Cosby are free for the ladies... just sign his waiver and you're good to go.
I think this illustrates perfectly what we've seen throughout - 1984 wasn't exactly a banner year for entertainment. No wonder we spent so much time at the arcade.