Tuesday, December 16, 2014

At Flashbak: Comin at Ya: The Eighties 3-D Movie Craze (circa 1981 – 1983)

My latest Flashbak piece remembers the 1980s 3-D movie craze.

"In 2009, 3-D movies came roaring back to the pop culture forefront with expensive sci-fi epics like Avatar and Star Trek, as well as horror movies such as the remake, My Bloody Valentine.

 3-D moviemaking is probably here to stay (especially if it is summer-time…), but the 1980s actually saw a similar “burst” of 3-D movie-making, even though the form tends to be associated with the 1950s first and foremost.

Some of these eighties films were in popular franchises (Amityville, Jaws, and Friday the 13th), but almost all the films in the trend were downright terrible.  The low quality of the films (and the poor 3-D effects) may be one reason the form went back into hibernation for another quarter century.

Here is a look at the 3-D movies of the early eighties..."

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