After a whopping month off, The 405's Netflix Guide is finally back (no, really, there's no need to applaud). Though, we didn't just spend the downtime eating Christmas leftovers and arguing with vaguely racist, once forgotten about relatives (although we did all of that in spades too).

In order to come back bigger, stronger, and more equipped to deal with your viewing needs we've shaken up the format of these lists a little bit. Like the entire film section of the site, we'll be basing our selection of movies on a different theme every week, starting today with a newly minted '80s edition. You can't see, but to get in the mood I'm writing this in a pair of bright pink rollerblades with A Flock of Seagulls on repeat.

The '80s has always been a staple of this article series, and so it's about time we dedicated an entire week to one of cinema's most ridiculous decades. From John Hughes classics to the humble beginnings of horror franchises that are still going strong 30 years later, we've got the raddest selection of movies lined up for your inevitable Netflix binge this weekend.


Spaceballs (1987)

Spaceballs

"Out of order? Fuck, even in the future nothing works."

In 2015 you've probably heard every Star Wars joke that's ever been thought up. But in 1987, the franchise-bashing hadn't been milked dry in the same way it has today, and thus the marketplace was ripe for Spaceballs to come out swinging with a loving pastiche of everyone's favourite space opera. With broad caricatures, spot-on visuals and probably one too many puns, the film prodded and poked at the clichés of sci-fi epics in all right ways. It's really silly. Like, silly to the point where you question whether what you're watching is actually even funny or just dumb. But it is funny, and it's one of the best parodies of the 80s.


Pretty in Pink (1986)

Pretty in Pink

"Love's a bitch, Duck. Love's a bitch."

There's not a 80s comedy cult classic that writer/director John Hughes didn't have his fingers all over. Whether he was directing his own scripts with the likes of Ferris Bueller's Day Off or knocking them out for other people, you can bet that Hughes' talent touched just about every revered 80s comedy in some way. Chronicling the love triangle between three pretty but flawed high-schoolers, the Hughes-penned Pretty in Pink is perhaps a little under-appreciated compared to the rest of his repertoire because of how safe it is. However, even today it still stacks up as one of the most charmingly touching 80s films that you can find on Netflix.


Child's Play (1988)

Child's Play

"I'm Chucky, and I'm your friend till the end."

After decades of reinterpretations it's easy to forget that "Chucky Movies" were once rather subdued and actually more than a little scary. Without all of the unnecessary affectations and large design changes that attempted to modernise the iconic doll in recent entries in the series, the Chucky of this original film is more cunningly unassuming than a straight-up horrific monster. Although the classic staples of the character are still there - the vulgarity, the obscenity and the dark humour - the simple design actually balances out the sillier side of the character to create a horror icon much more sinister than the clown that he eventually became. To see that original concept in full effect is more than enough reason to sit down and watch Child's Play this weekend.


Airplane 2: The Sequel (1982)

Airplane 2: The Sequel

"Where am I going to get a piece of metal, out here in space, at this hour?"

The second sci-fi parody this week comes to you courtesy of Airplane 2, a sequel that quite literally takes everything audiences enjoyed about the first movie to another level. Finding himself in charge of a space shuttle as it heads directly towards the sun, always unlucky Ted Striker is forced to once again to take control of an increasingly ridiculous situation. Although it's perhaps not quite as inventive as the original film (a lot of the jokes are indeed nods and call-backs to that cult classic), Airplane 2 still has the timing and the charm that made the first flick so thoroughly enjoyable. It's just as funny and it's just as silly, but this time it's in space. What's not to like?


Coming to America (1988)

Coming to America

"What does 'dumb fuck' mean?"

You know, I realised we haven't had anywhere near enough John Landis movies on these guides. One of the best filmmakers to grace the 80s, Landis created some of the most memorable comedies of the decade, bringing a brilliant sense of character to everything he worked on. In Coming to America, the director's hilarious team up with Eddie Murphy, an African Prince, ahem, comes to America in order to find a "respectable" wife. Admittedly, in 2015 the set-up is kind of a bit uncomfortable with a few of the jokes working on outdated stereotypes that were stale even in the 80s. Even then though, Coming to America still remains one of Landis' most underrated movies, and one the best 80s comedies you can find on Netflix.