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Podcast: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Innovated Horror, But Sluts Still Get Cuts

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’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents podcast looks how ’80s films affected a generation.

It’s the 35th Anniversary of A Nightmare Before Elm Street, a movie that terrified teens in 1984 but … now? In our latest episode of the “’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents” podcast, co-hosts Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Y, examine the film through today’s lens. They examine how the Wes Craven original created something new to be afraid of while holding on to some of the tropes that would mess with the minds of Gen X’ers for years to come. Give it a listen here or iTunes or Stitcher and add your own original thoughts in the comments below or on social media @80sMovieGuide.

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35 Years Later, Get Slimed Again: GHOSTBUSTERS returns to theaters & we’re hosting a massive ticket giveaway!

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Something strange is returning to your neighborhood, something weird and it does look good! The 1984 horror comedy classic Ghostbusters returns to theaters Sun., Oct. 6, and Thurs., Oct. 10 — and we’re giving away multiple pairs of free tickets!

The 35th Anniversary Fathom Event includes a special introduction reuniting key members of the iconic film, as well as newly unearthed and rarely seen alternate takes from classic scenes. Of course, the film stars Bill Murray, Dan Akyroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, Rick Moranis, and William Atherton — and introduced us to the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man!

To enter to win a pair of tickets (we will pick FIVE winners!) , we want to know: who you gonna call? On social media (Twitter @80sMovieGuide, Instagram @80sMovieGuide or Facebook @80sMovieGuide in the comments below, tell us who is your partner in paranormal pleasure – in other words, who will you bring to see the movie with you? Make sure we have a way to reach you by connecting it to your social media account. Extra entries for following, retweeting or posting this article on social media. Enter now!

Winners will be notified on Sat., Sept. 28. and we must hear back by noon Sept. 30 or we’ll pick another winner. Your info is only shared with Fathom Events.

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Podcast: BEETLEJUICE – Suicide is Funny?

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Color us black and white – it’s almost Halloween! It’s this time of year when parents think of sharing with their kids the one ’80s horror comedy that seems appropriate – Beetlejuice! And, in the ’80s, the Tim Burton classic was considered a children’s film with special effects makeup and monster creations all wrapped up in a wacky comedy. (Doubt it was considered a kids film? There was an cartoon series spinoff featuring our lovable demon and young teen Lydia adventuring around the Netherworld.)

The film is a bit problematic in regard to kids and teens. On this episode of our podcast ’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents (listen here or on Stitcher, iTunes, and BlogTalkRadio), movie critics Tara McNamara (Gen X) and Riley Roberts (Gen Z) explore how this beloved Michael Keaton film poked fun at suicide at a time when it was at an all-time high for teens. The two also examine how it holds up in today’s environment.


As always, we’re eager to hear your analysis and opinions. Let us know what you think in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.