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Our first cable box was a non-descript metal contraption with a rotary dial and unlimited potential (with no brand name – weird). We flipped it on, and the first thing we noticed was that the reception was crystal-clear; no ghosting, no snow, no fuzzy images. We had the premium package: HBO, Cinemax, The Movie Channel, MTV, Nickelodeon, CNN, The Disney Channel, and the local network affiliates. About $25-$30 a month. Each week (and sometimes twice a week!), “Vintage Cable Box” explores the wonderful world of premium Cable TV of the early eighties.

August, 2015

“Swamp Thing, 1982” ★ ★ ★ ☆

“Easy Money, 1983” ★ ★ ★

“Porky’s, 1981”  ★ ★ ★

September, 2015

“The Sender, 1982”  ★ ★ ★

“American Pop, 1981” ★ ★ ★ ★

“Doctor Detroit, 1983”  ★ ★ ☆

“Endangered Species, 1982” ★ ★ ☆

“The Osterman Weekend, 1983” ★ ☆

“The Big Chill, 1983” ★ ★ ★ ☆

October, 2015 – Halloween on Vintage Cable Box

“National Lampoon’s Class Reunion, 1982” ★ ☆

“Psycho II, 1983” ★ ★ ★ ☆

“Amityville II: The Possession, 1982” ★ ★ ★

“Nightmares, 1983” ★ ★

“Halloween III: Season of the Witch, 1982” ★ ★ ☆

“Brimstone & Treacle, 1982” ★ ★ ☆

“Creepshow, 1982” ★ ★ ★ ☆

November, 2015

“The Rosebud Beach Hotel, 1984” ★ ☆

“Still of the Night, 1982” ★ ★ ★

“Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen, 1981” ★ ☆

“Baby It’s You, 1983” ★ ★ ★ ★

“Get Crazy, 1983” ★ ★ ★

December, 2015

“Deathtrap, 1982”  ★ ★ ★

“Best Friends, 1982” ★ ★ ★

“Author, Author!, 1982” ★ ★ ★

“Romancing The Stone, 1984” ★ ★ ★ ☆

“Assault on Precinct 13, 1976” ★ ★ ★ ★

“The Man Who Wasn’t There, 1983” ★

“A Christmas Story, 1983” ★ ★ ★ ☆

“Twice Upon A Time, 1983” ★ ★ ☆

January, 2016

“The Ice Pirates, 1984” ★ ★ ☆

“The Survivors, 1983” ★ ★ ★

“Death Hunt, 1981” ★ ★ ★

“The Hunger, 1983” ★ ★ ★

“The Keep, 1983” ★ ★ ☆

February, 2016

“All Night Long, 1981” ★ ★

“It Came From Hollywood, 1982”  ★ ★ ☆

“WarGames, 1983”  ★ ★ ★ ★

“Strange Brew, 1983”  ★ ★ ★ ☆

“10, 1979” ★ ★ ★ ☆

March, 2016 – Dudley Moore Month!

“Arthur, 1981” ★ ★ ★ ☆

“Six Weeks, 1982”  ★ ★ ☆

“Lovesick, 1983”  ★ ★ ★

“Romantic Comedy, 1983”  ★ ★ ☆

“Unfaithfully Yours, 1984” ★ ★ ★

April, 2016

“Blame It On Rio, 1984” ★ ★ ★

“Somebody Killed Her Husband, 1978”  ★ ★ ★

“The Man With Two Brains, 1983”  ★ ★ ★

“Breathless, 1983” ★ ☆

May, 2016

“The Star Chamber, 1983” ★ ★ ★

“Wavelength, 1983”  ★ ★ ★

“Jekyll And Hyde – Together Again, 1982” ★

“Max Dugan Returns”, 1983 ★ ★ ★

“Deal Of The Century”, 1983 ★ ★ ☆

June, 2016

“Eddie and The Cruisers”, 1983 ★ ★ ★

“The House Of God”, 1984 ★ ★ ★

Vintage Cable Box Celebrates Mel Brooks!

“History Of The World Part One, 1981” ★ ★ ★

“The Twelve Chairs, 1970” ★ ★ ★ ★

“To Be Or Not To Be, 1983” ★ ★ ★

“Silent Movie, 1976” ★ ★ ★ ☆

July, 2016

“They Call Me Bruce?, 1982” ★ ☆

“The Lonely Lady, 1983” ★ ★

“Summer Lovers, 1982” ★ ★ ☆

“Young Doctors In Love, 1982” ★ ★ ☆

“Midnight Madness, 1980” ★ ★ ☆

“Superman III, 1983” ★ ★ ☆

August, 2016

“Class, 1983” ★ ★ ★ ☆

“Q – The Winged Serpent, 1982” ★ ★ ★ ☆

“A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy, 1982” ★ ★ ☆

“Repo Man, 1984” ★ ★ ★ ★

“Tag: The Assassination Game, 1982” ★ ★ ★

“The Woman in Red, 1984” ★ ★ ☆

“Twilight Zone: The Movie, 1983” ★ ★ ☆

September, 2016

“The Toy, 1983” ★ ★ ☆

“Little Darlings, 1980” ★ ★ ★ ☆

“Rhinestone, 1984” ★ ★ ☆

 “Avanti!, 1972” ★ ★ ★

October, 2016 – Halloween on Vintage Cable Box

“Friday the 13th, 1980” ★ ★ ★ ☆

“Deadly Eyes, 1982” ☆

“Friday the 13th Part 2, 1981” ★ ★

“Jaws 3-D, 1983” ★ ★ ☆

“Friday the 13th Part III, 1982” ★ ★ ☆

“The Slumber Party Massacre, 1982” ★ ★

“Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, 1984” ★ ★ ★

“Of Unknown Origin, 1982” ★ ★ ★ ☆

“Firestarter, 1984” ★ ★ ★

November, 2016

“The Atomic Cafe, 1982” ★ ★ ★ ☆

“Terms of Endearment, 1983” ★ ★ ★ ☆

“Scarface, 1983” ★ ★ ★ ☆

“The Cannonball Run, 1981” ★ ★ ☆

December, 2016

“Where the Buffalo Roam, 1980” ★ ☆

“Never Say Never Again, 1983” ★ ★ ☆

“Octopussy, 1983” ★ ★ ★

“Trading Places, 1983” ★ ★ ★ ☆

January, 2017

“Something Wicked This Way Comes, 1983” ★ ★ ★

“The Ratings Game, 1984” ★ ★ ★

“Kiss Me Goodbye, 1982” ★ ★ ☆

“Barbarella, 1968” ★ ★ ☆

“Screwballs, 1983” ☆

February, 2017

“Soggy Bottom U.S.A., 1980” ★ ★ ★

“Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, 1984” ★ ★ ★

“Alligator, 1980” ★ ★ ★

“My Bodyguard, 1980” ★ ★ ★

March, 2017

“Harold and Maude, 1971” ★ ★ ★ ★

“Sixteen Candles, 1984” ★ ★ ★ ☆

“Boarding School, 1978” ★ ★ ☆

Note: I instituted a “star-based” rating system for this archive page.  These ratings are not based on a rigid set of criteria, but rather my personal opinions.  These movies are not judged perfunctorily.  The questions I ask as I watch a movie are, “Does it try to entertain?”, “Is it of a certain quality?”, and “Do the filmmakers care?”.

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