Hurricane Irma really clobbered us here in Florida. From St. Petersburg (where “Ma Times” still hosts this blog) to my rustic hamlet outside Orlando called Casselberry, Irma left a swatch of homes and streets without electricity, without passage and most importantly, without the power to watch ‘80s movies.
Most of the truly memorable movies about storms happened outside the ‘80s (Cast Away, The Perfect Storm, The Poseidon Adventure). And while 1990’s Joe vs. The Volcano was technically not an ‘80s movie, everything about this Tom Hanks flick is so over the top, the ‘80s has successfully sued for guardianship. Not just one disaster - the volcano eruption obviously - but also the storm at sea that sinks Meg Ryan’s beloved sailboat, the Tweedledee.
Still, our beloved decade gave us a few moments on film that put even Hurricane Irma into perspective.
Here are five favorite stormy moments of the ‘80s:
5. MILLENNIUM (1989): What if turns out Hurricane Irma was actually a manmade disaster triggered by a “time quake” in the future? Frankly that twist would make more sense to the actual one used in this plane crash movie starring Kris Kristofferson and Cheryl Ladd. This movie’s biggest disaster is its own creation. Ironic and meta at the same time.
4: STAR TREK 4 - THE VOYAGE HOME (1986): Remember, only the even-numbered Trek movies are any good. And so that leaves us with the tale of Earth unable to negotiate with a foreign probe that tears up the planet’s seas and threatens to leave everything in ruins in its search for - ta-dah! - Humpback whales. Maybe a couple manatees and a dolphin could have saved us from Irma.
3. THE GREAT OUTDOORS (1988): Remember Reg? The guy with the skunk stripe in his hair. That was because he’s been hit by lightning “s-s-s-six-six-six-six-six-six-sixty-sixty-six times. In-n-n-n-n-n-n-In-n-n-n-n-n-n-In-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n the head!”
2. CADDYSHACK (1980): The Good Lord would never disrupt the best game of the Bishop’s life. Wrong! “Ah, rat farts!”
1. BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985): Of course, not all natural disasters in the ‘80s were bad. Without The Great Hill Valley Thunderstorm on the night of November 12, 1955, Marty McFly would never have made it home. That’s heavy, Doc.