Special Report

Bad Movies You'll Remember If You Grew Up in the '80s

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10. Annie (1982)
> Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
> Director(s): John Huston
> Starring: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking
> Box office gross: $57.1 million

Based on the hugely successful Broadway musical of the same name, the movie “Annie” is the tale of an orphan taken in by a millionaire. Despite being directed by Hollywood titan John Huston, who was nominated for ten Oscars over his career, critics described “Annie” as “a sluggish, stagebound mess of an adaptation.”

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9. Swamp Thing (1982)
> Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
> Director(s): Wes Craven
> Starring: Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise, David Hess
> Box office gross: $0.0 million

“Swamp Thing,” based on a DC Comic series, is the story of a scientist who wants to cross plants and animals to create a new species. Unfortunately he becomes the subject of his own experiment and turns into…yes, you guessed it, the Swamp Thing. One critic said it’s short on thrills and laughs, another said it seems like a mix of bits from “The Fly,” “The Incredible Hulk,” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

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8. Firestarter (1984)
> Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
> Director(s): Mark L. Lester
> Starring: Drew Barrymore, David Keith, Freddie Jones, Heather Locklear
> Box office gross: $15.1 million

Coming out a few years after “The Shining,” “Firestater” is also based on a Steven King novel.

In it a young girl (Drew Barrymore), whose parents participated in a medical experiment when they were in college, discovers she has the power to start fires by merely thinking about them.

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7. Halloween II (1981)
> Genre: Horror
> Director(s): Rick Rosenthal
> Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Jeffrey Kramer
> Box office gross: $25.5 million

The second installment in the Halloween series, “Halloween II” picks up where the first one left off, with serial killer Michael Myers following Laurie Strode, who survived his first attacks, to the hospital. One critic called it, “a bad sequel to a good movie.”

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6. Red Dawn (1984)
> Genre: Action, Drama
> Director(s): John Milius
> Starring: Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen
> Box office gross: $38.4 million

In “Red Dawn” the United States has been invaded by the Soviet Union and a group of teenagers band together to defend their town from the invaders. One critic noted, “its sloppy execution is unlikely to win any merit badges for marksmanship.”