'80s Action Movies on the Cheap: 284 Low Budget, High Impact Pictures

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McFarland, Mar 21, 2017 - Performing Arts - 260 pages
The 1980s was the decade when the action film as it's now known came into being. Nonstop, big-budget excitement became the standard as epic adventures like Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Road Warrior set the tone for the summer blockbusters of Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris. Homages (and ripoffs) made with lesser budgets followed every hit, especially with the advent of direct-to-video releases. Providing detailed commentary on 284 films, this book explores the excitement, audacity and sheer weirdness of '80s low budget action cinema, from the American Ninja series to dime-a-dozen barbarian pictures to such bargain-basement productions as The Courier of Death, Kill Squad and Samurai Cop.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1980
7
1981
16
1982
22
1983
40
1984
60
1985
80
1986
107
1987
134
1988
167
1989
210
Index
239
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Daniel R. Budnik lives in Los Angeles, California.

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