1980s Movie Villains

It’s been a weird and wonderful month so here is my weird and wonderful 80s League 80s Movie Villains (late entry) post for March 2017.  There are so many amazing 1980s evil doers to pick from so I went for the first villains to spring to mind and had to reel myself in as the list got longer and longer. I’ve listed my choices in alphabetical order.

The 80s League are a bunch of like minded and creative types who enjoy writing and chatting about all things 1980s including movies, TV, music, fashion and so much more. You can check out all the other related 80s Movie Villains posts and podcasts via the links here – Real Weegie MidgetRediscover the 80sReturn to the 80s post and podcastStuck in the 80s podcast and postOld School Evil and 80s Reboot Overdrive.

Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet from Spaceballs (1987)

Starting with an inept, yet tyrannical, villain. Dark Helmet didn’t know an asshole from his elbow but managed to, somehow, command a starship and was feared by his crew. Mostly becasue he enjoyed using his ring to dole out corporal punishment to the privates, literally. Played to perfection by Rick Moranis, Dark Helmet’s prowess using Schwartz was only matched by his stupidity and love of dolls. “They’re not dolls! They’re action figures!”

1980s Villains - Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet from Spaceballs (1987)

Dave Prowse and James Earl Jones as Darth Vader from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

1980s Villains - Dave Prowse and James Earl Jones as Darth Vader from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The flip side of Dark Helmet, a skilled warrior, leader and downright evil dude. Darth Vader is a bad-ass. Yes, he doesn’t always win but in the final duel of this movie he methodically rips Luke Skywalker apart, made even more evil by his final revelation, after slicing off Luke’s hand. Willing to overthrow his own master, freeze folk, break deals and take massive risks involving asteroid fields in a bid to rule the galaxy, Vader is an outstanding 1980s villain.

Jack Nicholson as The Joker in Batman (1989)

1980s Villains - Jack Nicholson as The Joker in Batman (1989)

The Joker as I like to picture him, a crazy villain with a lust for power and money who will happily kill his own men, and thousands more to get what he wants. Utilising gadgets, weapons, trickery and subversion, Nicholson’s Joker is a triumph of comic book evil. “Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight? I ask that of all my prey. I just like the sound of it.”

Grace Jones as May Day from A View to a Kill (1985)

1980s Villains - Grace Jones as May Day from A View to a Kill (1985)

May Day is a fictional bodyguard and enforcer employed by Max Zorin and acts as the secondary antagonist of the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill. An original character, created specifically for the film, she was portrayed by actress Grace Jones. A strong and deadly opponent that bests Bond and several other agents throughout the movie, May Day has a change of heart after being abandoned by Zorin and helps Bond foil his plot.

Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon (1980)

1980s Villains - Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon (1980)

No beating about the bush, Ming is one evil dude. From his fist appearances in the 1930s he has been the long standing enemy of Flash Gordon. Ming is a ruthless tyrant who rules the planet Mongo and all it’s people. He is infatuated with Dale Arden, whom he plans to marry, and has little regard for life, willing to have his own daughter tortured and enslave entire planets. Possibly the best maniacal laugh of the 1980s, Ming pulls no punches in this wonderfully camp movie, produced by Dino De Laurentiis.

Last, but not least… Frank Langella as Skeletor in Masters of the Universe (1987)

1980s Villains - Frank Langella as Skeletor in Masters of the Universe (1987)

Skeletor was the primary villain in the 1987 live-action Masters of the Universe film, portrayed by Frank Langella. As this was a motion picture, Skeletor was allowed to be far more menacing than the cartoon version. During the course of the movie, Skeletor captures Castle Grayskull and imprisons the Sorceress. Later, he absorbs the power of the Great Eye and transforms into a golden-armored warrior god, but is ultimately defeated by He-Man. Rather than dark purple, he wears all black, and his costume is less scant, covering his entire body with a robe and a flowing cape. Langella’s performance is highly regarded by fans and critics alike.

What’s Your #Fave80sCar?

So, several bloggers and podcast folk have stuck their collective heads together and decided to talk about 1980s pop culture cars and vehicles via the #Fave80sCar hashtag on twitter. The brain-child of 80s Reboot Overdrive features a cross-section of like-minded geeks waxing nostalgic about stand-out or personal favourite vehicles that blew us away in movies, TV and games from the 1980s.

Check out the cross-over blogs from Realweegiemidge, Return to the ’80s Part I Part II, 80s Reboot Blog and the 80s Reeboot Overdrive Podcast!

It was hard limiting myself but as I didn’t want inflict “War & Peace: 1980s Car Edition” upon you here are my top five vehicles in no particular order. Feel free to drop me a list of your favourites via my fast paced Twitter Account or main Facebook Page. Enjoy.

B is for Batmobile

#Fave80sCar Batman 1989 Batmobile

The hype for Batman (1989) was through the roof, I was at college so myself and a few mates hit our local ABC Cinema and sat down to watch a new kind of superhero movie. Dark, twisted, action packed and heaps of fun. The casting was spot on, the sets and effects were exemplary, the music was inspired and the new Batmobile was awesome. Built specifically for the movie the car was constructed using a Chevrolet Impala chassis, Chevy V8 engine and modified 1970 Corvette body. Movie merchandise included action figures, die-cast vehicles and the cool missile launching Batmobile toy by ToyBiz.

#Fave80sCar Batman 1989 ToyBiz Batmobile

E is for ECTO-1

#Fave80sCar Ghostbusters ECTO-1
Winter 1984 and I went to watch Ghostbusters with my parents. They were a little shocked by the sprinkling of colourful metaphors from the offset of the movie but I’m glad I got to enjoy this ride at the cinema. Funny, scary, tongue-in-cheek comedy horror featuring the outstanding ECTO-1. Created by Steven Dane, ECTO-1 and ECTO-1A are a Miller-Meteor Futura Ambulance/Hearse Combination mounted on a 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood Professional Chassis. Kenner would go on to release ECTO-1 as part of The Real Ghostbusters toys and action figures line.

#Fave80sCar Kenner Real Ghostbusters ECTO-1

K is for KITT

#Fave80sCar Knight Rider KITT

Knight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist.” As a teenager in the 1980s this was the THE car you wanted to be seen cruising the streets in. Cool and fast with an array of weapons and gadgets which including “Turbo Boost” and a frickin “Laser”, K.I.T.T. (Knight Industries Two Thousand) is a fictional computer that controls the high-tech Knight 2000, a black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am T-top. The voice for KITT was provided by actor William Daniels. ERTL produced several diecast KITT models in various sizes including this large 1/16 scale version.

#Fave80sCar ERTL Knight Rider KITT Knight 2000
A is for Aliens APC

#Fave80sCar Aliens APC

The school holidays of 1986 were in full swing, my mates decided we should try and sneak in underage to watch Aliens (Cert 18) as we were all fans of Alien. We put on our “oldest” clothing and strutted in with deep voices “Four tickets to Aliens please.” which led to instant success. In retrospect, it was the middle of the day and the screening was empty so the cinema were probably glad we turned up. I’ll never forget the scene with the Facehugger that launches at the side of the stasis tank causing me and my friends to shout “whoah!” simultaneously.

Back to cars… Aliens is my favourite movie, it blew me away at the time and it still does to this day. The APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier) is a heavy duty bit of kit that takes some serious punishment from acid, fire and rugged surface driving before finally giving up the ghost. Gutted we never got to see what kind of punishment the weaponry could have dished out to the pesky Xenomorph infestation on LV-426.  The APC is based on a four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, 635 hp Hunslet Air Towing Tractor, acquired from British Airways at London Heathrow Airport.

#Fave80sCar Aliens APC

A is (also) for Airwolf

#Fave80sCar Airwolf

Okay, so this defo isn’t a car but as kick-ass helicopters go this one is top of my list with Blue Thunder running a close second. With a killer main theme by Sylvester Levay, this high-octane cold war action show really grabbed my interest in the 1980s. Airwolf was derived from a Bell 222, a twin-turboshaft helicopter produced for the civilian market.

I bought the Crash Smash! Airwolf game for the ZX Spectrum and several years later picked up the large and small ERTL diecast vehicles. It was without doubt a mean machine.

#Fave80sCar ERTL Airwolf

That’s my top picks but there are so many more I could have included including Back to the Future DeLorean, A-Team Van, Street Hawk, Automan’s Car, The General Lee, ThunderCats Thundertank, Transformers, MASK, Tron Light Cycle, Christine, Mad Max 2, Spy Hunter, Magnum’s Ferrari, Fall Guy Truck and Miami Vice. Iconic cars as far as the eye can see, the 1980s officially rocked!

#Fave80sCar 1980s Blog Podcast Crossover Event, November 17 2016

60 Iconic Weapons from Fiction

When we think of our favorite fictional characters, we often associate them with an item, or talisman, that is every bit as iconic as the characters themselves. In many cases, this item is a weapon. Weapons come in many forms; there are guns, swords, and everything in between. They can be as amazing as Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber or as unique as the Fat Man from the Fallout video game franchise.

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The Ultimate Arsenal: 60 Iconic Weapons from Fiction - TargetSportsUSA.com - Infographic

Famous Oldies by Alex Solis

Pop culture characters as old timers by Alex Solis. Will Ash still be choosing Pikachu? Will Finn and Jake still be going on adventures? Will the Ninja Turtles still be radical? Will Darth Vader be able to keep his saber up? Will the Flash still be flashing? Let’s find out! You can view more of Alex Solis artwork on Instagram.

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Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Pokémon Ash and Pikachu
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Adventure Time - Finn and Jake
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - The Joker
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Darth Vader
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - The Flash
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Batman
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - The Incredible Hulk
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Minions
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - He-Man Vs Skeletor

Geeky cakes at Cake International 2016

This years Cake International show was held on the 16th – 17th April 2016, at Alexandra Palace, London, UK. Of interest to myself, as always, were the wonderfully geeky movie, television and fantasy cakes that are skilfully created by hard working fondant masters for this event. Life-size Batman v Superman and Maleficent, castles, creatures, Rocket and Groot and Best in Show Albert Einstein by Dinky Doodle Dawn. Now, where’s my fork?

If you are the creator / artist of any of these magical cakes feel free to drop me a message at killer-kitsch@hotmail.co.uk so I can add a credit / link. Photographers are credited with each image.

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Albert Einstein by Dinky Doodle Dawn at Cake International 2016
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Fantasy Creature at Cake International 2016
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Fantasy Creature at Cake International 2016
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Fairytale Castle at Cake International 2016
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Fantasy Design at Cake International 2016
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Steampunk at Cake International 2016
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Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket & Groot at Cake International 2016
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Batman v Superman at Cake International 2016
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Maleficent at Cake International 2016
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Batman, Superman and Joker paintings by Ben Jeffery

Bat-tastic original Batman, Superman and The Joker artwork by London based landscape and portrait artist Ben Jeffery. With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the Suicide Squad movies just around the corner who wouldn’t want one (or more) of these awesome paintings hanging on their wall? You can count me as a fan.

The Batman line up includes Adam West, Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck, Superman as portrayed by the legendary Christopher Reeve and The Joker by Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto. Just to round things off, Lego Harley Quinn makes a guest appearance along with Lego Robin.

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Batman Adam West, Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck by Ben Jeffery
Batman Adam West, Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck by Ben Jeffery
The Joker Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto by Ben Jeffery
The Joker Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto by Ben Jeffery
Lego Batman by Ben Jeffery
Lego Batman by Ben Jeffery
Christopher Reeve Superman by Ben Jeffery
Christopher Reeve Superman by Ben Jeffery
Christian Bale Batman by Ben Jeffery
Christian Bale Batman by Ben Jeffery
Heath Ledger Joker by Ben Jeffery
Heath Ledger Joker by Ben Jeffery
Batman Adam West, Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck by Ben Jeffery

Batman, Spider-Man and the Joker pencil illustrations by godot_23

Loving these highly detailed pencil drawings by godot_23. The artist posts regular updates on WEBSTA showing the progress of his works that gives you a sense of the time and effort that’s put into each drawing. Here we have Marvel’s Spider-Man and Iron Man along with Ben Affleck’s Batman,  Henry Cavill’s Superman and Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker. Currently working on Deadpool, you can see more of godot_23’s work here.

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Spider-Man by godot_23
Captain America by godot_23
Iron Man by godot_23
Deadpool by godot_23
Ben Affleck's Batman by godot_23
Henry Cavill's Superman by godot_23
Heath Ledger's Joker by godot_23

Amazing geeky edibles from Nerdache Cakes

Custom cakes, cupcakes and sugar cookies by  Nerdache-Cakes… because nerds need cake too! Ant Roman is a part time bakery owner and (self confessed) full time fan-girl with crazy stupid fondant skills. Nerdache-Cakes will make any nerd’s cake dreams come true for weddings, birthdays, baby showers, company promotional events and all kinds of celebrations. All manner of edible geekery is covered from comic and children’s books to gaming, movies and TV including Batman, Doctor Who and everyone’s favourite merc Deadpool.

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The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Cake by Nerdache Cakes
You can follow, and contact, Nerdache-Cakes via Facebook and their Website where you can also find links to YouTube videos, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr.

The Legend of Zelda cake by Nerdache Cakes
Mario Bros. cake by Nerdache Cakes
Batman cake by Nerdache Cakes
Dr. Seuss cake by Nerdache Cakes
Power Rangers cookies by Nerdache Cakes
Thor cupcake by Nerdache Cakes
Doctor Who cupcakes by Nerdache Cakes
Guardians of the Galaxy Starlord cake by Nerdache Cakes
Deadpool cake by Nerdache Cakes

Geeky wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design

I often use over the top words to highlight how immense some of the things I stumble upon really are. Amazing, Excellent, Superb and Outstanding are amongst my favourites. Guess what? They all apply here. These hand built pop culture wood burners and fire pits by Alex Dodson of Burned by Design are hot, hot, hot! From Star Wars and Lord of the Rings to Iron Man, Alien and Predator these burners are literally turning up the heat when it comes to functional works of art.

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UPDATE 04 Jan 2016: New design Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Captain Phasma

Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Captain Phasma
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Captain Phasma
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Captain Phasma
These amazing wood burners and fire pits ship worldwide and are available as commissions via the Burned by Design Facebook pageYou will also find a huge library of build photos, video footage and article links.

Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Star Wars Stormtrooper & Darth Vader
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Star Wars Boba Fett
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Star Wars Darth Vader
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Lord of the Rings The Witch-king
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Batman
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Iron Man
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Ultron
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Predator
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Alien vs Predator

Fabric Pop Culture by Alysha Crist

Fabric stickers and magnets made from cotton twill and poly/cotton blends by Alysha Crist. Working from home, and selling at local craft markets, Alysha has now launch her first Etsy store with these cool hand-made designs featuring Marvel and DC Comics Superheroes & Villains, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pokemon, Super Mario Bros, Star Wars and Doctor Who. Check out her ETSY STORE HERE

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Fabric Pop Culture by Alysha Crist - Marvel Superheroes & VillainsFabric Pop Culture by Alysha Crist - DC Comics Superheroes
Fabric Pop Culture by Alysha Crist - Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesFabric Pop Culture by Alysha Crist - Super Mario Bros.
Fabric Pop Culture by Alysha Crist - Kirby, Legend of Zelda, Doctor Who TARDISFabric Pop Culture by Alysha Crist - PokemonFabric Pop Culture by Alysha Crist - Pokemon