When you can live forever, three decades may not seem like a long time, but for us mere mortals, a 30th anniversary is a big deal, especially when that anniversary is for The Highlander, a science fiction/fantasy classic that is somehow both timeless and yet such a product of the 1980s.
Released March 7, 1986, The Highlander not only introduced one of the best catchphrases into our lexicon -- "There can be only one!" -- it also gave us Sean Connery (as an ancient Egyptian who became a Spaniard ... with a Scottish accent), Christopher Lambert (a real-life Frenchman who plays a Scotsman with an ambiguous accent), Clancy Brown (the guy who would be Lex Luthor playing a, well, punk-rock Kurgan) and eight new songs from the band Queen. There was sword fighting with sparks, epic electric Quickening demons, a lot of unnecessary backflips, a romance, a bromance and more than a few visible wires.
If you’re unfamiliar with the movie, and think it sounds a little cheesy, that’s because it is. But it’s also brilliant and enduring, and launched a fandom that continued with sequels of diminishing quality, a really good syndicated television show, books, animated movies and more. And it’s also worth noting, that fan base includes ultimate man’s man Nick Offerman/Ron Swanson, who introduced the movie to his Parks and Recreation costar -- and future Star-Lord -- Chris Pratt.
To celebrate 30 years of The Highlander, join us in losing your head over the movie with our Blastr to the Past pop-up video of fun facts and trivia from the immortal classic.
After you check out the video, let us know what you think of The Highlander, or if you have any memories about the movie. Also, let us know what other movies should get the Blastr to the Past treatment!