Top Gun (1986)
Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Tom Cruise, Terry McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards
The aviator glasses, the bigger-the-hair-the-closer-to-God blondes, the bad-ass devil-may-care Tom Cruise, the homoerotic volleyball—very few films sum up the ’80s better than Top Gun. The action-drama about Navy fighter pilots became the highest grossing movie in ’86, and its aerial scenes are still thrilling to watch.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Director: John Landis
Stars: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine, Lila Kaye, Frank Oz
Being that Landis is such a comedic master, An American Werewolf in London is also funny as hell, particularly whenever David’s undead best friend, the wisecracking Jack Goodman (Griffin Dunne), appears on screen to drop a one-liner and show his worsening bodily decay. The fact that Landis was able to so effectively combine his standard funny business with serious, tongue-out-of-cheek horror makes An American Werewolf in London a brilliant case study in a difficult subgenre.
The Untouchables (1987)
Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Charles Martin Smith
Sometimes all you need a lean, mean gangster flick to satisfy those entertainment urges. Brian De Palma’s taut, thrilling The Untouchables fits that bill nicely.
For one, there’s Robert De Niro at his slimiest as Chicago crime kingpin Al Capone, snarling at his underlings and bashing dudes’ heads in with a wooden baseball bat. There’s also real-life badass Frank Nitti (Billy Drago), another of the Windy City’s most ruthless law-breakers and the film’s creepiest harbinger of doom. And on the right side of law, there’s Eliot Ness (a mighty strong Kevin Costner), the cop determined to bring down Capone’s empire by any means necessary (read: tons of heavy ammunition).
First Blood (1982)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna
f Rambo as an oily, muscle-bound icon of American might who kills (and often overkills) thin Cold War caricatures. However, in Canadian director Ted Kotcheff’s franchise-starting adaptation of David Morell’s 1972 novel, the highly trained former special forces soldier and prisoner of war is not an action hero but a sympathetic and scarred Vietnam vet searching for inner peace.
Near Dark (1987)
Director: Kathyrn Bigelow
Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen
Near Dark is also home to one of the best sequence of the ’80s, in any film genre. It’s set in a bar, with the vamp crew’s rowdiest member, Severen (Bill Paxton), at his craziest. Sure, at the film’s core lies a well-developed romance between a vampire (Jenny Wright) and a human (Adrian Pasdar), but anyone who’s seen Near Dark will tell you—Bill Paxton’s a force of nature.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Director: Amy Heckerling
Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus, Brian Becker, Phoebe Cates, Ray Walston
Fast Times At Ridgemont High is worthy of many thanks. For one, we’re grateful that director Amy Heckerling’s equally humorous and intimate film is able to show that kids back in the crazy ’80s weren’t much different than today’s youth; they chased skirts, got stoned, worked long hours for minimal wage, and jerked off in their parents’ bathroom. And secondly, Fast Timeswill forever earn its praise for Sean Penn’s performance as burnt-out surfer dude Jeff Spicoli-it’s a tour de force of braindead aloofness.
. Gremlins (1984)
Director: Joe Dante
Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Dick Miller, Corey Feldman, Frances Lee McCain, Kete Luke, John Louie, Jackie Joseph, Judge Reinhold, Glynn Turman, Jonathan Banks
Enough with Ralphie, that Red Ryder BB gun, and the joyful yet overplayed A Christmas Story already. From here on out, we’re starting a new holiday tradition: a 24-hour marathon of Joe Dante’s Yuletide horror classic, Gremlins. It’s fun for the whole family, especially if your parents and siblings are the types who find hideous little creatures joyriding in snowmobiles and terrorizing sporting goods stores to be hilarious, like we do.
. Broadcast News (1987)
Director: James L. Brooks
Stars: William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter, Jack Nicholson
The premise is simple. Holly Hunter plays Jane Craig, a writer/producer for a big Washington news show, and she’s torn between two men: Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks) and Tom Grunick (William Hurt). Altman is a great journalist, but not great on camera. Grunick is kind of a dope, but with more charisma than Altman has in the whole of his body. He’s the perfect vessel to deliver the news, and Craig wants to jump his bones.
Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden
A Lumet movie marathon is a must, and the director’s most underrated film, The Verdict, best be included. Written by the great playwright/screenwriter David Mamet, Lumet’s legal drama stars the almighty Paul Newman as a boozing Boston lawyer who dedicates all of his energy to a medical malpractice case in order to, he hopes, earn back the respect of his peers.
Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Stephen King, Ted Danson, Leslie Nielsen, Ed Harris, Viveca Lindfors, E.G. Marshall, Fritz Weaver, Joe King, Tom Atkins, Jon Lormer, Carrie Nye, Don Keefer, David Early, Gaylen Ross
To passionate fans of the quintessential, and hopefully resurging, “horror anthology” format, 1982’s Creepshow—the brainchild of Stephen King (who wrote the screenplay) and George A. Romero (director of zombie movie classics like Night of the Living Dead and the original Dawn of the Dead)—is the genuine article. Because, unlike most genre omnibus features, those jam-packed efforts that feature anywhere from three to five individual segments, Creepshow doesn’t have a rotten apple in its bunch. Not all of the five stories are golden, of course, but even the film’s weakest link—the Leslie Nielsen-led, zombie-inspired revenge tale “Something to Tide You Over”—is still a hell of a lot of fun.
Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O’Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robbins, Beatrice Straight
Poltergeist is to the haunted house subgenre as Halloween is to the slasher movie: It wasn’t the first of its kind, but it elevated things to a whole new level of style, excess, and intelligence.
Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Jonathan Ke Quan, Anne Ramsay, Joe Pantoliano, Robert Davi, John Matuszak
The Goonies tells the tale of a group of kids who try to save their houses from being demolished, find an old Spanish treasure map from a pirate named One-Eyed Willie (really), deal with fugitives trying to steal said treasure, and befriend a monster that
37. They Live! (1988)
Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George “Buck” Flower
After watching John Carpenter’s criminally underrated They Live!, one question should come to mind: Why in the hell didn’t Rowdy Roddy Piper become a huge movie star? And, yes, we’re talking about the professional wrestler known for rocking kilts. Carpenter, at the top of his game, took a risk in casting the WWF superstar, and the gamble paid off tenfold. As an average Joe/construction worker who realizes that aliens have invaded Earth and wear human WASP costumes, Piper nails every one of the character’s snarky, if not enjoyably cheesy, one-liners, and carries the entire film on his broad, believable action hero shoulders.
The Evil Dead (1981)
Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Hal Delrich, Betsy Baker, Sarah York
Then-21-year-old filmmaker Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead isn’t simply a rollercoaster ride of a movie-it’s that flying-off-the-rails coaster from the beginning of Final Destination 3. Out of control from beginning to end, the future Spider-Man franchise director’s (who’s back in blockbuster form this month with Oz, the Great and Powerful) low-budget first effort is the purveyor of horror’s “cabin in the woods” template.
Day of the Dead (1985)
Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato
Fact: Anyone who makes a zombie movie, or even a TV show like The Walking Dead, nowadays owes a massive debt to Mr. George A. Romero, and most, if not all, of the filmmakers will gladly admit to that. The grandaddy of the undead motion picture, the now-73-year-old genre icon first achieved immortality in 1968, when his no-budget (i.e., a reported $114,000) feature film debut Night of the Living Dead first premiered and quickly changed the game. Then, in 1978, Romero somehow bested Night with the epic Dawn of the Dead, which includes makeup effects by Tom Savini that have yet to be outdone.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, John Saxon, Johnny Depp, Ronee Blakley, Amanda Wyss, Nick Corri, Joe Unger, Charles Fleischer
Wes Craven’s eighth feature as a director pits a group of teenagers against Krueger, a child molester who was killed by the parents of the teens. Krueger has returned from the dead, now able to kill you in your dreams, while you sleep. The premise allows Craven to blur the lines-no Robin Thicke-between waking life and what lies beyond. It allows for memorable and inventive scares like the one depicted above, and creates instant suspence because, after all, you have to go to sleep at some point. And when you do… —
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Director: John Hughes
Stars: Molly Ringwald, Justin Henry, Michael Schoeffling, Anthony Michael Hall
Whenever we reflect on Sixteen Candles, though, all sentiments and fondness point right towards Samantha, due to Ringwald’s tender performance, a showcase of adorable sweetness and sympathetic vulnerability. Rightfully so, Ringwald’s Sixteen Candles‘ role has become the poster-girl for the prolific ’80s teen comedy genre. Like the movie’s top geek would be, we’re not mad at that.
Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David, Kevin Dillon, Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker
Writer/director Oliver Stone drew heavily from his own tour in Vietnam, where he served as a foot soldier, killed, and was twice wounded, for his Academy Award-winning story of a U.S. Army unit in Vietnam that goes mad from the senseless horror and confusion of the conflict and commits war crimes that cause soldiers to turn on each other. Carefully orchestrated to get details right, and boasting arresting images and performances (Tom Berenger is absolutely terrifying as physically and psychologically scarred Staff Sergeant Bob Barnes, who spearheads the boys-gone-wild atrocities), Platoon is one of the most important and haunting artistic statements about the quagmire that was the Vietnam War, and simply one of the finest war films ever made.
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox, Dan O’Herlihy, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer, Ray Wise
Robocop is perhaps the closest any pure sci-fi film could ever come to also being a traditional superhero tale, albeit one that’s darkly humorous and unflinchingly violent.
. Peter Weller stars as murdered Detroit police officer Alex Murphy, who’s brought back to life in the form of “six million dollar” half man/half robot hybrid of law enforcement mastery. Robo’s sole mission is to locate those who killed him in his previous human life, thugs he recalls through fragmented memories.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy
Jessica Rabbit, while simultaneously adoring her as a feminist icon. Hear us out. She’s not bad, she’s just drawn that way. She’s eye candy for her male artist and audience, through no wish of her own, and she’s fully aware of her role as a sex symbol, but she also knows she’s worth more than that. Seriously, check out this movie and reevaluate her character. The whole film is about a cartoon rabbit thinking Jessica is cheating on him. But legit, she’s a heroine who loves her comedic honey bunny.
Roger Rabbit also introduced us to our worst fear, Judge Doom and dramatic melting cartoons. Honestly, is this a kids movie.
The Terminator (1984)
Director: James Cameron
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Lance Henriksen, Earl Boen, Paul Winfield
Casting Schwarzenegger as this film’s titular villain (a time-traveling cyborg focused on killing), Cameron accentuated the Austrian muscleman’s strengths: a hulking presence, brute physicality, and the ability to nail simple, blunt one-liners like “I’ll be back.” Schwarzenegger is legitimately frightening in The Terminator, upgrading an already superb and hardcore sci-fi thriller into certified genre classic. —
Raising Arizona (1987)
Director: Joel Coen
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson
In Raising Arizona, Nicolas Cage plays a criminal who falls in love with a policewoman, played by Holly Hunter, while having his mugshot taken.
Director: James Cameron
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Jenette Goldstein
. Sigourney Weaver once again plays Ellen Ripley, and further cements the character’s iconic status; Cameron executes several jaw-dropping sequences replete with creature attacks, helmet-cam POV shots, and technically sound violence; and the token comic relief, courtesy of a hammy Bill Paxton, never annoys.
. The Breakfast Club (1985)
Director: John Hughes
Stars: Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, Paul Gleason
Cleverly, Hughes carefully chose the most stereotypical caricatures and systematically tears through the preconceptions. The abrasive hoodlum (Judd Nelson) is really a lonely basket-case with serious daddy issues; the star athlete (Emilio Estevez) makes his classmates envious yet can’t seem to make his father happy; and the popular girl (Molly Ringwald) that all the guys want to sleep with is actually a mega-prude. The Breakfast Club is like a group therapy session, just much more fun to watch.
16. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Barbara Hershey, Carrie Fisher, Micheal Caine, Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Max von Sydow
New Yorkers pride themselves on being the best at their game, whatever that may be, and this classic proves that New Yorkers even do dysfunctional holiday gatherings better than their suburban counterparts. Three sisters, over the course of three Thanksgiving dinners, contend with adultery, drug addiction, alcoholism, and emotional abuse, just to name a few.
Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson
Back in 1984, Ghostbusters was the best thing to happen to underage horror fans since Scooby Doo. That ’80s babies break into cold sweats any time news breaks about the long-gestating and still indefinite Ghostbusters 3 is a testament to this all-star classic’s greatness.
Coming to America (1988)
Director: John Landis
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Madge Sinclair, John Amos, Shari Headley, Eriq La Salle, Louie Anderson
As a sweet-hearted African prince living in Queens, Murphy never misses a beat, playing brilliantly off of Arsenio Hall (as his sidekick) and appearing in makeup as a handful of other characters (the Murphy-heavy barbershop scene is one of comedy’s great sequences). If you claim to know comedies but haven’t seen this classic, slap yourself silly—watching Coming to America is a rite of passage.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, Ronald Lacey, Denholm Elliot
Harrison Ford is the roguishly handsome professor by day and the roguishly handsome tomb raider by night. In uncovering the secret artifacts of civilizations ancient and powerful (and stealing them), he fulfills the American dream of owning everything.
Indiana Jones stumbles upon a Nazi plot to use the supernatural Ark of the Covenant to form an immortal army and take over the world. It’s all going great until Indy foils them in a swashbuckling fashion that would make Douglas Fairbanks proud.
Blade Runner (1982)
Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, M. Emmett Walsh, James Earl Jones, Daryl Hannah
Harrison Ford playing a retired detective on a mission to apprehend a shitload of fugitives. The world of Blade Runner is kaleidoscopic, full of neon lights and glowing vehicles that zoom through the sky. As Ford gets his Dick Tracy on, Scott goes to extensive
. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Director: Irvin Kershner
Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels
A New Hope, this superior follow-up largely abandons the prior flick’s carnival ride spirit. The characters have more depth, the stakes are much higher (people, and non-humans, you’d expect to flaunt immunity die), and the overall conflict-that of Luke Skywalker’s journey from being soft-batch to heroically battling his evil dad, Darth Vader-resonates stronger thanks to Empire‘s serious nature.
Stand By Me (1986)
Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell
“I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12. Jesus, does anyone?” An older man’s observations on the virtues of young friendship set the tone for the timeless story (based on Stephen King’s “The Body”) that follows a ragtag crew of kids on a quest to become local heroes by finding the body of missing boy.
Four kids who find themselves during the length of a break from school could read as too convenient, that is, if it weren’t so remarkably relatable.
. The Thing (1982)
Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Richard Masur
The Thing From Another Planet, about a crew of researchers trapped inside a Norwegian camp as a shape-shifting creature picks them off one by one.
Kurt Russell in hopes of discovering which of them is now an alien. Staged with heavy tension, the sequence starts off methodical in its build-up before erupting into a grandiose showcase of creepy-crawlies, chests that burst open, and faces that contort into tentacles with eyeballs.
. Back to the Future (1985)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson
Look past Michael J. Fox’s vibrant performance (which is great, mind you), Christopher Lloyd’s loony presence, what stands out is the film’s airtight script, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale. By nature, time travel movies can turn the mind into sludge, yet somehow Back To The Future is coherent and easily digestible from end to end.
. Die Hard (1988)
Director: John McTiernan
Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Alexander Godunov, Reginald VelJohnson
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Die Hard should be blushing. Since John McTiernan’s movie introduced the world to John McClane (Bruce Willis), a cynical NYPD officer trying to save his estranged wife and her colleagues from the terrorists who drop in on their high-rise office Christmas party.
He, like wise-cracking and self-deprecating McClane, was the perfect flawed fit to accentuate the enormity of the task and get invested viewers on the edge of their seats sweating out the twists and turns of his crazy night. Or rather, on the edge of their saddles screaming out “Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker!”
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Director: John Hughes
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara
If a joy ride in a Ferrari with your best friend and beautiful girlfriend wasn’t already a mindblowing idea to you, toss in a downtown parade where you perform “Twist and Shout,”
4. The Shining (1980)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone, Joe Turkel
A man (Nicholson) accepts a job as the winter caretaker of a massive hotel in Colorado, and moves his family (Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd) there just as the cold sets in among the mountains. But the hotel is the source of great evil.
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, C. Thomas Howell
Spielberg hit a sentimental grand slam with the title character, a lovable space invader who befriends a young boy named Elliot (Henry Thomas) and becomes the best friend a kid could ever ask for. The relationship between Elliot and E.T. is the glue that binds Spielberg’s flick; it’s impossible to watch E.T. and not wish that a cuddly little alien would land in your own backyard.
. Raging Bull (1980)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana, Frank Vincent
Raging Bull is about the inherent ugliness of masculinity as its been conceived of for generations. Being a man in Raging Bull means being warped by jealousy, inferiority, self-loathing. It’s maleness as monsterousness. No wonder the Academy gave the 1980 Best Picture award to Ordinary People, a living room drama. The truth wasn’t pretty enough. —
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Giancarlo Esposito, John Turturro
Like most of Lee’s films, Do the Right Thing—the story of racial tensions erupting into violence on the hottest day of the summer—was mired in controversy upon its release. Close-minded cultural pundits suggested that the film was likely to spark a series of similar riotous acts.
Two nerds make the girl of their dreams on their computer.
Kurt Russell rescues a damsel in distress from a bunch of goons in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
. ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’
The Brat Pack graduates college and faces an uncertain future.
Pretty in Pink’
Working-class high schooler Molly Ringwald falls in love with a rich guy and doesn’t realize her dorky best friend is madly in love with her.
Cuban refugee Tony Montana emigrates to Miami and becomes an incredibly wealthy drug lord.
The Brat Pack was born in this 1983 coming-of-age drama starring Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze and Ralph Macchio.
The Lost Boys’
Corey Haim and Corey Feldman team up to fight a gang of teenage vampires in California.
Prince plays a fictionalized version of himself in this 1984 cult classic that forever proves he’s a much better singer than actor.
. ‘Repo Man’
Michael Nesmith (the Monkee in the green wool hat) produced this shockingly great science fiction comedy starring Harry Dean Stanton and Emilio Estevez.
18th century Vienna never seemed more like 1980s Los Angeles than in this supremely bizarre 1984 Milos Forman movie about Mozart and Salieri.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle.
. Dune (1984)
A Duke’s son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father’s evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor’s rule.
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.
A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a “bio-exorcist” in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.
. Legend (1985)
A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.
A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.
A 16-year old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.
A young orphan girl’s adventures in finding a family that will take her.
A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen.
In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.
Escape from New York (1981)
In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.
Police Academy (1984)
A group of good-hearted but incompetent misfits enter the police academy, but the instructors there are not going to put up with their pranks.
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
A babysitter must battle her way through the big city after being stranded there with the kids she’s looking after.
An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled “Prize”.
A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.
After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.
The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.