Are there movies from your youth that you still can’t believe existed? Here’s handful of movies that I remember in the 90’s that I’m still stunned existed but in the best of ways. Let’s see what Keanu Reeves, Christopher Lloyd and Arnold Schwarzenegger were up to in the 90’s, shall we?
Listen, these movies are 20 years old or more and I can’t help if you haven’t seen them and may get spoiled. What I will say is, they’re just trailers and if you want to have a movie night where you watch some old crazy movies, these will be great. I won’t give away key plot points, but even if I did, I still wouldn’t spoil the spectacle and in the 90’s – there were some bonkers level spectacle going on.
Last Action Hero – 1993
There was a fascinating thing during the 90’s where some movies were based on self-awareness of its genre or even the action heroes in them. I can name a couple movies that essentially were built around their lead actors persona and Last Action Hero was the pinnacle of such. Check out Austin O’Brien and Arnold Schwarzenegger in this movie that, as a kid growing up who loved these big Hollywood kinda pictures, really charmed me.
Camp Nowhere – 1994
Now, this isn’t a trailer — because I can’t FIND a good copy of a trailer for this anywhere. However, this clip essentially sets up the premise. Bullied kid is smarter than mostly everyone else but is still, at the end of the day, a kid. Now, I’m still trying to find out why nobody was bothered at all that Christopher Lloyd’s character wasn’t terrifying at all. I mean, he’s a criminal who the bullied kid hires and says he’ll keep safe in order so he can get the popular kids to like him and host his own getaway summer camp. I’m not kidding. I mean, the fact nothing sinister happened is a treat but it’s just one soundtrack and score change from being this fun 90’s tween romp to being a Saw movie. Still though, when I was a kid, I loved this movie. The idea of just being away from parents and living my best ‘pretend-I’m-mature’ life was goals.
Ladybugs – 1992
Nope. Not touching this one. Nope. What I will say is that, this movie came out in 1992 and parents took their kids (myself included) to see this but not a single parent left that theater that wasn’t wide-eyed about it.
The Good Son – 1993
A remake of The Bad Seed, if you ever wanted to watch the Home Alone kid try and kill a Hobbit, well, it’s a weird sub-genre of movie tastes but here you go! I loved this movie as a kid but for all the wrong reasons. I thought Elijah Wood was like, totes supes cutes as a kid and I feel like I wasn’t really taking the message of this troubled story to heart. Then again, who was actually watching this movie that could? It was Macaulay Culkin trying to kill Elijah Wood for 90 minutes. It was like the child star version of a Jet Li movie.
Cool World – 1992
My parents took me to see this because they saw the artwork and had NO idea what they had done. Now, as I got older and this wasn’t such a terrifying concept – Cool World was just everything to me. Growing up on classic old-school animation and seeing them give an adult movie the Roger Rabbit treatment was my everything. If they came out with a 4K remaster of this, I would be on it, day one.
Johnny Mnemonic – 1995
Still one of my favorites, Johnny Mnemonic which is based on William Gibson’s short story of Cyberpunk realness but done up in ’95. This movie had a killer soundtrack and featured some stuff that, quite honestly, seemed millions of miles away from us but we’re actually approaching quite a few concepts. This is another that I wish would come out with a 4K Remaster. We get Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077 though, so we’re getting somewhere!