The Golden Age of teen and tween adventure movies was found in the 1980s and 1990s. Many of our readers were brought up on the films of these decades, or were old enough to enjoy them as adults. Yet the people who wrote the stories and dialogue never became as famous as the directors or child stars.

While childhood wish-fulfillment epics like Gremlins (1984) and The Goonies (1985) made writers like Chris Columbus Hollywood mainstays, and John Hughes reigned as king of the coming-of-age films, not everyone was so lucky – even if their films still enjoy sizable cult followings.

But we can’t help but wonder: whatever happened to those writers that caught lightning in a bottle once, and never again? Never ones to leave stones un-turned, we’ve done the digging to answer the question: ‘80s & ’90s Cult Movie Writers: Where Did They Go?

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