Fascinated Friday: Megaforce!

For today’s Fascinated Friday, I thought I would share a little blast from the past.  You see kids, in the times long ago, before you could digitally stream entertainment everywhere, you used to have video stores.  I’m not even talking about big name chains, like Hollywood Video or Blockbuster.  I’m talking little mom and pop places.

In 1984, I was eight years old, and while I don’t remember what the name of this little store was, I remember that it had carpet affixed to the walls, a poster of Blue Thunder, and it was the place that every other weekend, I could rent my VHS copy of Megaforce.

 My god.  The sheer glory of this poster.  I can barely stand it.

Check out the sheer majesty that is this theatrical trailer.

Megaforce came out in 1982, directed by former stuntman Hal Needham.  I honestly don’t really remember much of the plot.  i know it involved an international peacekeeping force with sweet vehicles and Barry Bostwick in a headband and a silver body suit.  And at the end, there is a flying motorcycle.

 Let me reiterate that.  A.  Flying.  Motorcycle.

 Now, for eight year old Mark, Barry Bostwick was cool, and the rest of the movie played out like a live-action GI JOE cartoon only with more bodysuits and a funkier soundtrack.  But that flying motorcycle, man.  That was the greatest thing my young mind could possibly imagine.  I loved this movie.  Watched it all the time. I even had the Atari 2600 game cartridge, and played it constantly.

 Megaforce was my jam.

If you don’t believe how awesome it is, here is a clip of Trey Parker and Matt Stone from South Park giving you a brief rundown of it.

Now, early 80’s genre movies are pretty much held sacred.  82 was when the Road Warrior came out, and Conan the Barbarian (oh believe me, there is a blog post on Conan the Barbarian coming at some point.  That is my favorite movie of all time.  Don’t judge.).  Blade Runner came out that year, and ET, Poltergeist, the Thing, the list goes on and on.  But for some reason, Megaforce doesn’t get mentioned in the same sentences as those others.  Well, it is time to change that.  So try and find a copy of Megaforce out there somewhere, and bask in the majesty of this amazing 80’s goodness.  You won’t be disappointed.

Until next time, keep finding things you love.  Even if it comes with a mullet and a silver bodysuit.  I know I will.

-Mark

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