The '80s Science Fiction Movies Quiz


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The 1980s was a heady time for film. "Star Wars"! "Star Trek"! Those alone would make the 80s a fantastic time to grow up a sci fi lover, but there are tons more science fiction movies out there featuring aliens, things, predators and cyborgs.

What sci-fi(ish) film was the top-grossing film of the 1980s?

Technically "E.T.: The Extraterrestrial," for those who care about such things.


Another touching tale of a human and alien becoming pals is the 1985 film:

Dennis Quad and Louis Gossett Jr. star in the film.


Which is a real name of a British 80s sci fi film?

The sci-fi spoof didn't do so hot at the box office, but probably deserves a lot of awards.


"RoboCop" stars:

Peter Weller is also an art historian and academic. Just so you know.


But wasn't Emilio Estevez in another '80s sci fi "classic?"

"Repo Man" was the comic film about a guy who takes possession of a carful of aliens.


What is Khan's full name in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan?"

Khan sounds scarier.


Which Mad Max film came out in 1981?

The second Mad Max film was the first Mad Max film of the '80s.


What is Kevin Flynn's (Jeff Bridges) job in "Tron"?

That old trope of a dashingly heroic . . .software developer.


Who is "The Terminator" sent to kill?

Sarah Connor is John Connor's future mother.


What day does Marty travel to in "Back To the Future?"

Great scott.


What high-brow writer penned the critical and box-office bomb "Saturn 3?"

It was Amis' first and only screenplay.


What kind of (modified) transportation did Banzai drive in "The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension?"

Although it was called a Jet Car in the film.


Who wrote the screenplay for "Ghostbusters?"

You can thank Aykroyd and Ramis for "Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria!"


In the 1984 film "Gremlins," what are the mogwai rules that mustn't be broken?

Ignore the rules and you might find yourself with a Gremlin.


1988's "My Stepmother Is An Alien" features what actress, now widely known for TV work?

The 14-year old Hannigan played the suspicious stepdaughter.


The sequel to "Alien" was called:

It's kind of stupid question, but it's also kind of a stupid sequel name.


What is NOT a name of a character in "The Fly?"

To be fair, they all sound like characters in "Game of Thrones."


What famous director was in front of the camera for his '80s sci-fi feature film debut?

"Bad Taste" was Jackson's first film, and he played a couple roles.


"Predator" takes place:

The setting, of course, needed to accommodate the sleeveless tees worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Where did Bill and Ted call home in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure?"

San Dimas High School football rules.


In Wes Craven's 1982 film, how is the "Swamp Thing" created?

Don't go messing around in chemical-laden swamps.


How many characters does Lily Tomlin play in "The Incredible Shrinking Woman?"

Joel Schumacher took advantage of having a talented sketch actress in his film and gave her multiple characters.


What is the test used in "Blade Runner" to determine if someone is human or replicant?

The test uses the Voight-Kampff machine.


Who directed "The Empire Strikes Back?"

Lucas didn't direct the second Stars Wars film.


Who directed "Return of the Jedi?"

Or the third one.


1980's "Superman II" was directed by:

Donner was originally the director but was uncredited after he was replaced by Lester in a controversial move.


Who directed 1983's "Superman III?"

After "Superman III" wasn't as big of a hit as the first two, Furie took the helm for "Superman IV."


Who directed "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home?"

Nimoy also directed "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock."


What does "The Thing" do in John Carpenter's 1982 film?

Nobody even knows what "The Thing" originally was, or looked like.


Terry Gilliam's 1985 film "Brazil" is set in:

The film is named after a song that's played several times in the film.


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