5 bad ‘80s action movies that you still need to watch

On a good day, a bad action movie can still be entertaining if you go into it knowing what to expect. Sometimes this can be difficult as the 80’s saw some of the biggest changes to the genre that didn’t always work. We’ve previously covered the bad action movies of the 90s and the bad action movies of the 2000s. Now, it’s finally time to look at five bad action movies from the ’80s that you still need to see.

Our picks include one film each from Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, though neither actor leaves any stone unturned in their respective films. Our other picks include a supernatural ninja possession, Eddie Murphy, and Carl Weathers’ attempt to become a solo star.

Action Jackson (1988)

Carl Weathers in Action Jackson.
Lorimar Film Entertainment

you can’t blame rocky And Cruel Veteran Carl Weathers to create drama to become a solo action star. Although someone is to blame action jackson, an ’80s action film that plays like a ’70s blaxploitation flick. Vader stars Sergeant Jericho Jackson, aka Action Jackson, a Detroit policeman who is demoted after investigating a corrupt automotive executive, Peter Anthony Delaplane (Craig T. Nelson).

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Despite his diminishing reputation, Action recruits Jackson Delaplane’s mistress, Sydney Ashe (Vanity), to help him bring down his nemesis. However, Delaplane makes the first attack by blaming Jackson for the murder of his wife, Patrice Delaplane (Sharon Stone).

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Cobra (1986)

Sylvester Stallone walks forward in a scene from Cobra.
Warner Bros. Pictures

If You Asked an AI Program to Make the Best Sylvester Stallone Generic Flick, It Would Probably Come Out Better Than This cobra, But it won’t be as much fun, and cobra There’s some genuinely hilarious unexpected humor in this. In the film, Stallone plays Lieutenant Marion “Cobra” Cobretti, a veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who faces the threat of the New World, a gang of murderous social Darwinists.

When model Ingrid Knudsen (Brigitte Nielsen) inadvertently witnesses the head of New World murdering someone, Cobretti takes it upon himself to keep Ingrid safe. Unfortunately for Cobretti, even his little celebrity cannot stop the New World from making several attempts on Ingrid and her life.

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The Golden Child (1987)

Eddie Murphy in The Golden Child.
Paramount Pictures

If you want to see when Eddie Murphy’s film career started to go off the rails golden child Will probably mark that occasion. game of Thrones‘Charles Dance co-stars as Sardo Namsapa, a mysteriously empowered boy kidnapped on behalf of his dark master.

Murphy’s Chandler Jarrell is a social worker who is recruited to work on the case by Ki Nang (Charlotte Lewis), a woman who believes Chandler is the only one who will get the Golden Child back before it’s too late.

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Ninja III: The Domination (1984)

Lucinda Dickey in Ninja III: The Domination.

Don’t be afraid of third class Ninja III: Domination, In this case, age is just a number and it has just as much to do with previous ninja movies Halloween III: Season of the Witch Did for the Halloween film franchise. This is truly one of the cult films, and it earned its place on the list because of its daring premise.

Christy Ryder (Lucinda Dickey) is your average telephone line worker/part-time aerobics instructor when she meets a dying ninja, Hanjuro (David Chung). Before dying, Hanjuro gives Christine his sword, and apparently also his mind, because soon after, she becomes intermittently possessed by Hanjuro’s spirit. Christine’s new boyfriend, police officer Billy Secord (Jordan Bennett), is on the Ninja’s hit list with his fellow boys in blue. And if Billy can’t find a way to free Christine’s body from this ninja possession, the killer may come after him.

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Red Heat (1988)

James Belushi and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Red Heat.
three-star picture

Are You Ready for This rush hour 1.0, red heat Its plot is very similar to that of Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan’s action film which came ten years later. But red heatIts notoriety largely stems from its ridiculous attempt to convince Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Russian policeman, Captain Ivan Danko.

Danko comes to America because he learns that the man who murdered his partner, Victor Segadevich Rostavili (Ed O’Ross), has been spotted in the United States. While in America, Detective Sergeant Art Ridzik (James Belushi) is assigned to be Danko’s host to keep him out of trouble. But when Rostashvili also murders Ridzhik’s partner, he forms a new partnership with Danko to eliminate their mutual enemy.

Rent red heat On Vudu.

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