What a Year for Sci-Fi - Check Out This 1982 Summer Movie Preview
by Alex Billington
July 17, 2015
"Another alien from outer space is featured in…" Ready for an awesome trip back in time? This video has been on YouTube for years, but it's surfacing again this week thanks to a post on The A.V. Club about just how awesome the movies from the summer of 1982 were. It's an uploaded recording of a segment from Entertainment Tonight in 1982 looking ahead at the upcoming summer of movies, specifically the science fiction movies playing that year. Many will recall that 1982 was one of the best years for sci-fi movies ever, and this preview reminds us of all the glorious movies that arrived that summer: Steven Spielberg's E.T., Poltergeist, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, John Carpenter's The Thing, and Tron. Just… sit back, relax, and enjoy the crap out of this vintage TV summer movie preview.
Thanks to SlashFilm for the tip on this, posted recently again by The A.V. Club mentioning some of the best lines from host Ron Hendren: "'a very lovely genetically manufactured woman,' 'ghosts-can-do-anything attitude,' 'all-male cast,' and 'a bold move to get kids out of the video arcades.'" Some of my own interesting observations from this: He pretty much spoils the end of The Wrath of Khan without so much as skipping a beat. Which is an interesting comparison to E.T. - where he even says that "little is known" about it, and the footage never actually shows the E.T. alien at all, only quick teases of his light-up finger. Crazy to see how secretive Spielberg was about E.T. at that point in time, and the fact that the alien was being kept as the big reveal for the movie. This video just makes me dream of another iconic summer like this… Maybe one year.