1978 :: The Year In Movies
For part two of 1978’s Throwback Thursday feature is my Top 10 movies of 1978. The list is made-up of movies I saw at the theater, or the drive-in, and may exclude movies from 1978 that I dearly love, but did not see that year because, well, I was nine years old.
That said, I did sneak in a few movies that I as probably too young to see.
What are some of your favorite movies from 1978?
“It’s Halloween, everyone’s entitled to one good scare.” ~ Sheriff Leigh Brackett
I don’t know how I ended up seeing this one in the theater, though I vividly remember sitting at the City Mall theaters with two of my friends watching it, and being collectively terrified. Thinking back, I think it was a friend’s older sister and her boyfriend who took us all. Despite the scares, I loved it, and it continued my love of horror movies that had started with the classic Vincent Price films I had watched with my Mother.
9. Ice Castles
“Here. There’s a hand in front of you. Grab it.” ~ Nick Peterson
“What are you doing here?” ~ Alexis Winston
“Came to see you break your ass.” ~ Nick Peterson
“Can’t see you very well. I don’t know if you’re kidding.” ~ Alexis Winston
“Just listen to my voice. I’m not kidding.” ~ Nick Peterson
This was one of those romantic tragic stories where the hero persists through catastrophe and nearly unbeatable odds to win in the end. This was a favorite of my friends and I, a definite “makes you cry” movie, emotionally manipulative, but we loved it and loved having our heart-strings pulled. This set the stage for so many more movies like this that I would love in the coming years.
8. Dawn of the Dead
“One-stop shopping: everything you need, right at your fingertips.” ~ Roger
Hiding from zombies at the mall, it was really all kinds of awesome. This one I got to see thanks to a friend’s older brother who snuck us into the drive-in. My love of zombie movies started right about here.
7. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
“I keep seeing these people, all recognizing each other. Something is passing between them all, some secret. It’s a conspiracy, I know it.” ~ Elizabeth Driscoll
This one I saw with my Mother at the Cinedome theaters. That last scene (see above) with the Donald Sutherland scream – it still creeps me out, and sometimes pays a visit to my nightmares. This movie was one of the many “Sci-Fi” films that scare me more than a lot of the “Horror” genre.
6. The Cat From Outer Space
“My name is Zunar J 5 Slash 9 Doric 4 7.” ~ Jake
A Sci-Fi film of a much different nature. I love these seventies Disney movies so much, they were always so odd and fun and really, there was nothing else quite like them. I wish they did more in this style now.
5. Return From Witch Mountain
“Tony, why are you doing these things? Why are you using your powers against me?” ~ Tia
Tony and Tia back again, and I was there opening night. I loved both films so much. Another Sci-Fi, somewhat obscure Seventies Disney offering that I love.
4. Same Time, Next Year
“You always could see through me, couldn’t you?” ~ George
“But that’s okay, because… I’ve always loved what I’ve seen.” ~ Doris
I vividly remember watching this movie in the theater, but I cannot recall with who. I know I was only nine years old, and I honestly am not sure why I loved it the way I did, and why it got to me the way it did, but I was very moved by this movie, and by George and Doris, enough so that the story made me cry at various times, and I never forgot the story. The movie remains one of my all-time favorites.
3. Watership Down
“All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed.” ~ Narrator
Heartbreaking, truly and completely heartbreaking. That said, I loved it, almost as much as I loved the book. There was something in it, in the story, that made me feel like I could persist and be clever, and survive, too.
“Easy, miss. I’ve got you.” ~ Superman
“You – you’ve got me? Who’s got you?” ~ Lois Lane
The comic book geek in me loved this enormously. To me, Christopher Reeves is forever Superman. I saw this opening night at the Cinedome and was beyond excited – it was my first late night movie (I believe we saw a 10pm showing).
“I’ve got so many hickies people will think I’m a leper.” ~ Rizzo
“Relax… A hickie from Kenickie is like a Hallmark card, when you only care enough to send the very best!” ~ Kenickie
I am honestly not sure how many times I went to see this movie in the theater, or how many times I have seen it since – it seems uncountable, really. I loved it so much. Olivia’s Sandy, of course, but really, my heart always belonged to Rizzo.