One Choice: ’80s Fantasy Movies

Inspired by the popular online game that asks people to choose one movie from a group of four, One Choice… is pretty much the same game. Readers will be given four similar movies and asked to choose one. Now here’s the catch, the other three movies will be gone forever, wiped from your brain as if they never existed. Are you ready to theoretically live in a world where you have The Empire Strikes Back but not Star Wars or Return of the Jedi? What about the 1989 Batman movie but not Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight? The choice is yours, screenager, so choose wisely.


’80s Month continues at ScreenAge Wasteland and now it’s time to tackle the fantasy genre. There were a lot of great fantasy films made during the decade. If it was hard for me to pick just four of them then I’m sure it will be hard for you to pick just one from the four. Good luck.

Here are the 4 Movies:

The NeverEnding Story (1984)

Cast: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, and Tami Stronach

Synopsis: A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.


Labyrinth (1986)

Cast: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, and Toby Froud

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth.


The Princess Bride (1987)

Cast: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, and Robin Wright

Synopsis: While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.


Willow (1988)

Cast: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, and Warwick Davis

Synopsis: A young farmer is chosen to undertake a perilous journey in order to protect a special baby from an evil queen.


So, will it be The NeverEnding Story, Labyrinth, The Princess Bride, or Willow? It’s time to choose. What will be your One Choice?


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Four Movies, One Choice: '80s Fantasy Movies

What will be your One Choice?

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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