15 Terrible Films From 1982 That Will Make You Want to Gouge Your Eyeballs Out

Get ready to take a bad trip down memory lane. From bad ideas to lousy execution, these 1982 movie blunders show that even the most promising ideas can go wrong when trying to make a great movie. Do you agree?

1. Firefox (1982)

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Clint Eastwood stars in Firefox as Mitchell Gant, a former pilot who has to steal a high-tech Soviet fighter jet with weapons that can be directed by thought. Even though the story was interesting, the movie didn’t live up to its promise of suspense and espionage intrigue because the script was dull, and the pace was all over the place.

2. Coming Soon (1982)

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The story of Coming Soon follows three friends as they pursue romantic partnerships, professional goals, and other aspects of their lives. Even though the movie had a good group cast, the story was all over the place, and the characters weren’t well-developed. This made it hard to care about the characters and left the audience wanting a more unified story.

3. Swamp Thing (1982)

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Based on the DC Comics character, Swamp Thing follows the story of Dr. Alec Holland, who turns into a plant-based creature after an accident in the lab. The source material had the potential for a unique mix of horror and superhero elements, but the movie’s weak special effects, uneven tone, and lack of depth made it hard to get to the character’s heart.

4. A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982)

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In this movie, Woody Allen tried to mix Shakespearean elements with his usual style of comedy. But the film had trouble balancing the silly and the serious. This led to a messy story that didn’t do justice to the original book or Allen’s comic skills.

5. One from the Heart (1982)

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One from the Heart was a love musical set in Las Vegas that Francis Ford Coppola tried to make look beautiful. Unfortunately, the movie’s underdeveloped characters and boring story couldn’t be saved by its fancy sets and creative camera work. The movie’s story problems trumped its ambitious attempt to differentiate itself from other movies.

6. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

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Attempting to make an anthology horror picture about a nefarious Halloween mask company, Halloween III: Season of the Witch broke away from the Michael Myers slasher template of the franchise.

But because Michael Myers wasn’t in the movie and the story was hard to follow, people were confused. As a result, the film didn’t capture the spirit of the Halloween series despite it obtaining a cult following later.

7. Best Friends (1982)

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It was intended that Best Friends would be a romantic comedy, with Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn playing a couple going through some rough patches in their relationship. Even though the movie had big-name stars, the lack of chemistry between the leads, the weak writing, and the disjointed storyline kept it from having the charm and humor people expect from a romantic comedy.

8. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

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The experimental documentary Koyaanisqatsi aims to visually and aurally explore the effects of modern culture on the natural world. While the film’s creative way of telling a story is impressive, its lack of a traditional storyline and reliance on abstract images left some viewers feeling disconnected and confused.

9. Tron (1982)

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Tron was ahead of its time in terms of its innovative visual effects and the idea of a world made by a computer. But the movie’s story didn’t live up to the ambition of its images, so it was hard to follow and didn’t do much to develop the characters. Even though Tron had great technology, it didn’t have an exciting or gripping story.

10. Grease 2 (1982)

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Grease 2 tried to bring back the magic of the first show, but it didn’t do a good job of it. With a different cast and setting, the movie didn’t have the same fun and energy as the one before it. The leads didn’t get along well enough, and the story wasn’t as interesting so the sequel couldn’t live up to the legendary position of Grease.

11. The House Where Evil Dwells (1982)

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The supernatural horror movie The House Where Evil Dwells is about an American family that moves to Japan and lives in an evil house. Even though the film had the potential for scary scares, it had trouble delivering effective horror elements and failed to build a sense of dread. As a result, it was a dull horror film.

12. Jinxed! (1982)

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The movie Jinxed! was meant to be a comedy caper with Bette Midler, Ken Wahl, and Rip Torn in the lead roles. But the funny parts of the movie didn’t work, and the story was too complicated to keep people interested. Even though the film had a lot of famous people in it, the way it was made left a lot to be desired, making it a bland comedy.

13. Parasite (1982)

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Not to be confused with the critically acclaimed 2019 film, the 1982 Parasite is a science fiction horror film that follows a man who becomes the host of an alien parasite. While the concept held the potential for an intriguing and suspenseful story, the film suffered from uneven pacing, lackluster effects, and a narrative that struggled to maintain engagement.

14. Hey Good Lookin’ (1982)

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Ralph Bakshi’s animated film Hey Good Lookin’ aimed to capture the spirit of the 1950s and the counterculture movement. However, the film’s animation style and narrative failed to resonate with audiences, resulting in a disjointed story that struggled to convey the nostalgia and authenticity it aimed for.

15. Mazes and Monsters (1982)

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Mazes and Monsters attempted to capitalize on the popularity of role-playing games by portraying the dangers of becoming too immersed in them. Despite the relevant topic, the film’s exaggerated depiction of the adverse effects of gaming and its melodramatic approach failed to resonate with gamers and non-gamers alike.

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