A great moment in “fire in the jungle” history
June 22, 2011
I’m getting a haircut tomorrow to reshape my mullet. Since my last one a few months ago, the party in back has gotten pretty wild and the business in front has gone out of business. In honor of this, here are three mainstream jungle movies from the 80s.
The Mosquito Coast (1986). Directed by Peter Weir. Nice Belize jungle footage. I distinctly remember when my family rented this movie about 20 years ago and we all declared it perhaps the worst movie we had ever seen. I think I would like it better now. The ice quest is a cool idea. Bonus points for sweaty Helen Mirren.
Lord of the Flies (1990, filmed in 1988). Directed by Harry Hook. Great Hawaiian jungle footage. I remember feeling like such a rebel when watching this with cousins at my grandparents’ house, maybe 20 years ago. I was recently thinking about watching the 1963 b&w version directed by Peter Brook, but the trailer creeped me out.
Predator (1987). Directed by John McTiernan and filmed in lush Mexican rainforest. A classic that endures the test of time and stands out when compared to other macho/action/gun movies from this era. I envisioned the crater spawn monster as a cross between The Predator and The Cookie Monster. Check out this video about the gatling gun “Old Painless” used in the movie.