The Last Starfighter (1984)
The first of a few sci-fi films on the list, The Last Starfighter gives us the story of Alex, a trailer park teen whose skill at an arcade game leads him to become an actual starfighter involved in an intergalactic war. Now, the sci-fi nature of The Last Starfighter gives the film a small pass for craziness, but if you really think about the movie, it’s pretty nuts.
Alex becomes the sole individual responsible for saving an entire galaxy. That’s a lot of pressure for one kid (and a whole lot of danger too). Thank God he has the “Death Blossom” in his arsenal.
The Monster Squad (1987)
The Monster Squad, which is being remade by Platinum Dunes, was one of a handful of movies in the 1980s that blurred the line between kids films and horror films. The plot of the movie revolves around a group of kids who love classic monster movies. When those monsters come to life, however, the Monster Squad has to put their movie knowledge to use in order to help save their town.
While the movie is loads of fun, it also provides plenty of perilous moments for its young cast. If I had to fight Dracula, Gill-Ma, and the Mummy when I was 12 or 13, I’m pretty sure I would have just peed my pants and been killed. The kids of the Monster Squad keep their cool, though. Just watch as they first blow up the Wolfman and then, once he’s reassembled himself, finish him off with a well-placed silver bullet.