Could movie audiences possibly have known what was in store for them when they went into theaters in the summer of 1982? As this 30-year-old sneak-peek clip shows, it was a huge year for sci-fi, and every one of the films mentioned turned out to be a bona fide classic.
The clip has a format you're probably very familiar with, especially if you watch morning news and talk shows. The anchor plays a montage of clips from upcoming films, while talking over the footage to give some details about the plot, casts and release dates. Simple, right? We see those all the time. What makes this one particularly interesting is the lineup of films presented.
First, we've got Blade Runner, easily one of the greatest science fiction films of the past three decades. Then we've got Poltergeist, one of the essential haunted house flicks. Then there's Steven Spielberg's E.T., followed by John Carpenter's The Thing, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Tron.
Yes, those films really did all come out in the span of a single summer, and we love every single one of them. It seems almost impossible that so many great genre films could have come out in one season. Even now, in the age of the megablockbuster, we don't get that many truly great sci-fi flicks in a single summer (though we didn't do too bad this year).
The clip is also interesting because of how much information is presented. Do you think modern movie marketers would divulge this much plot for a Star Trek flick, or a Ridley Scott sci-fi extravaganza? We're thinking probably not.
Check out the clip below and marvel at the magic of 1982. Which of these 30-year-old classics is your favorite?