Someone earlier mentioned Inframan. That movie was an attempt by Shaw Brothers, known for their martial arts films, to cash in on the Japanese Henshin hero genre like Ultraman and Kamen Rider.
Speaking of Shaw Brothers and genre adultery…
How about Mighty Peking Man, also known as Goliathon? It was the Shaw Brothers attempt at a kaiju film, meant to cash in on the King Kong remake the year before. The bots are no strangers to kaiju films like Gamera, Godzilla, Gorgo and Reptilicus. That and either title could lead to many jokes.
Maybe it’s not quite crappy enough, but the 11-year-old me thought so when it came out in 1974. Mr. Brady, Capt. Kirk, Andy Griffith and the child evangelist Marjoe Gortner running into trouble while dirt biking in Baja. Bonus points for Angie Dickinson speaking the title.
The trio of movies Rick Sloane made in the 80s - Blood Theatre (1984), The Visitants (1986), and Hobgoblins (1988) - all contain subtle references to each other. For example, McCreedy in Hobgoblins reads a magazine with The Visitants on the cover. The two earlier movies are quite riffable, relatively clean, and the evidence is there that all exist in a shared Rick Sloane Cinematic Universe.
Oh man, I just remembered the existence of The Wizard of Speed and Time (1988). It’s cheesy, terrifying, and completely charming as a labor of love by a director with a vision to entertain the children. Imagine Trumpy’s stop-motion horror drawn out to near feature length.
Elsewhere on the forums, I mentioned Fist of Fury with Bruce Lee. The villain of that movie, the head of the Japanese dojo, was played by Riki Hashimoto. Besides that role, the late Hashimoto was known for his role as Daimajin in the Daimajin trilogy from 1966.
Consisting of Daimajin, Return of Daimajin and Daimajin Strikes Again, the movies blend both kaiju with jidageki. Set in feudal Japan, it is about a giant statue that comes to life that destroys evil.
Did I mention Daimajin was made by Daiei Films, the same entity that gave us the Zatoichi films…and the Gamera movies?
Talking to a friend a week or so ago about movies HBO played endlessly in the ‘80s. He mentioned Tag: An Assassination Game. I had totally forgotten about it but remember loving it. It’s on YouTube and I plan to watch it this weekend with this thread in the back of my head.
Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star (1986) is a perfunctory mess of 80s ET cliches with action varied enough to offer rich riffing potential. And, the adorable, fuzzy comic-relief sidekick is… THIS: