Never underestimate the power of nostalgia.
Here are five weird flicks that hardly anyone remembers but that enthralled my childhood self:
1. The Monster Squad
This one just came out on DVD and hundreds of thirty year old nerds rejoiced.
2. The Quest
No, not the Jean Claude Van Damme movie, although this one is just as bad. It's Henry Thomas in some weird Australian movie about a legendary lake monster (that -- spoiler alert -- turns out to be an old bulldozer or something affected by magnetic forces in the area). Yeah. It's awesome.
3. The Explorers
Ethan Hawke. River Phoenix. Anyone remember this? It made me want to build a space ship in my garage.
4. "The Red Room Riddle"
This was an ABC Saturday "O.G. Readmore" afternoon movie that scared the bejeebers out of me. I've actually caught portions of it on YouTube.
5. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
This is the 1978 remake with Donald Sutherland. Super creepy. I just rented this from NetFlix recently to do some reminiscing and it still freaks me out.