’80s Action Movies on the Cheap

284 Low Budget, High Impact Pictures

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About the Book

The 1980s was the decade when the action film as it’s now known came into being. Nonstop, big-budget excitement became the standard as epic adventures like Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Road Warrior set the tone for the summer blockbusters of Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris.
Homages (and ripoffs) made with lesser budgets followed every hit, especially with the advent of direct-to-video releases. Providing detailed commentary on 284 films, this book explores the excitement, audacity and sheer weirdness of ’80s low budget action cinema, from the American Ninja series to dime-a-dozen barbarian pictures to such bargain-basement productions as The Courier of Death, Kill Squad and Samurai Cop.

About the Author(s)

Daniel R. Budnik lives in Los Angeles, California.

Bibliographic Details

Daniel R. Budnik
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 260
Bibliographic Info: 125 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9741-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2687-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Introduction   1

1980    7

1981    16

1982    22

1983    40

1984    60

1985    80

1986   107

1987   134

1988   167

1989   210

Index   239

Book Reviews & Awards

“a treat for cult movie fans”—Booklist.