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The Geek Years - 1985

All week long we've been turning back the clock 30 years with a series of articles on 1985.

1985 was absolutely choc-full of big geek movies. We had Back To The Future, The Goonies, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Cocoon, and Brazil. Disney scared the life out of a generation of children with The Black Cauldron. Stallone and Schwarzenegger were leading the action pack with Rocky IV, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Commando and Red Sonja, whilst Roger Moore took one last turn as James Bond 007 in A View To A Kill.

The first Blockbuster Video Rental Store opened its doors in October 1985, capitalising on the VHS rental boom of the mid-80s, which saw films like Teen Wolf, Ladyhawke, Re-Animator and Day of the Dead become cult classics.

On the small screen the world was watching Live Aid, Moonlighting debuted, as did The Equalizer, MacGyver and Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories. Star Wars got itself a pair of animated spin-off series', one for the Droids and another for the Ewoks. Over in the UK, EastEnders arrived and Doctor Who was briefly cancelled - before returning on extended hiatus.

1985 saw SONY release the first portable CD player, and in the same year just $549 would get you on the internet (ARPANET) with a Hayes Smartmodem 2400 - mind you, you'd be the only one there!

This was also the year that the Nintendo Entertainment System finally arrived in the West, bringing with it the best selling video game of all time, Super Mario Bros. Down at the arcade Paperboy was hungry for your quarters, as was Hang-On, Ghosts 'n Goblins, Gauntlet and Space Harrier.

So check in every day as we revisit the geek year of 1985, and look back at some of the movies, shows and gaming experiences the year gave us.

We'll update this page daily with links to all our 1985 themed articles:
              And from our archive:

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