Masters of the Universe

This was the last newspaper movie ad I collected. After ten years of movie ad collecting I think my heart had gone out of it by 1987. Either that or I traumatised myself by cutting out an ad for a Dolph Lundgren movie. But I never lost my love of science fiction (I kept my clippings after all), I just became less obsessed with collecting stuff. At least until my twenties had played out.
The Herald Sept 1987

The End.

James Bond Festival

The ad says 'important: cut out and save.' I did.. for 32 years.
cut from the Sun Newspaper March 1980

Howard (aka Howard The Duck)

George Lucas' awful disaster of a film (apart from Star Wars I to III). It bombed in the US, so they removed 'The Duck' from the title and the actual image of the duck from the poster in the hope that might help. It didn't.
cut from the Sun Newspaper Dec 1986

The Day After

Scary made for television movie The Day After, directed by Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II)
Cut from a newspaper 1983

The Elephant Man (David Lynch)

One of David Lynch's finest films. A moving tale told with Lynch's trademark weirdness. You could almost call it steam punk.
Cut from a newspaper February 5 1981


I really wanted to love this film. I'd read the book, bought the soundtrack, the comic adaptation, the poster and the lobby cards....and yet it was so boring.
From either the Sun or Herald newspaper, Melbourne Australia,  April 1985

Blue Velvet

A classic David Lynch film, if not THE classic David Lynch film.
From the Sun or Herald newspaper, Melbourne Australia,  March 21 1987


One of the truly great films of the 1980s. I await with apprehension the remake due in 2013.
From either the Sun or Herald newspaper, Melbourne Australia,  September 19 1987


I wish I'd seen this film, which was written by John Sayles who wrote arthouse favourites Matewan,  Secret of Roan Inish and uh, Piranha (1978)
From either the Sun or Herald newspaper, Melbourne Australia, January 22 1981

Demon Seed

I never saw this film at the time but I had read the book, which at age 12 or 13, I found rather disturbing.
The Herald or Sun newspaper, 1977 (?)

Superman (Christopher Reeve)

This will always will be the best Superman movie for me. I saw it by myself aged 14 at Melbourne's stunning art deco Capitol cinema, and most likely followed it with a walk up the road to Space Age Books to salivate over the latest scifi stuff.
From the Sun newspaper, May 17 1979


This was the Deep Impact of the 1970's, and not a bad one too although the special effects were a little shaky.
From the Herald or Sun newspaper December 21 1979


Two Jaws rip-offs on the one bill! Actually Seakiller (AKA Beyond The Reef) was not a monster shark movie at all, it was just marketed that way because movie distributors know we're all stupid.
From either the Herald or The Sun newspaper, Melbourne Australia, December 21 1979

Angel Heart

Notorious at the time for the scene involving a naked Lisa Bonet and chicken blood. All a bit of a yawn now. Despite all the hoopla it was a great movie.
May 1987
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The Never Ending Story

A highly enjoyable fantasy film from Wolfgang Petersen director of very gritty war drama Das Boot
December 1984
 On the back of the clipping:

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Being a Star Trek fan I loved this film. I saw it on opening day in a cinema full of happy trekkers. Even my girlfriend liked it.
The Sun, December 18 1986
 On the back of the clipping:


A wonderful indie film that seems to have disappeared into obscurity. I remember the scene of a bus exploding and burning to a Brian Eno ambient track. It was very powerful.
August 1987
 On the back of the clipping:
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The Time Guardian

Touted at the time as Australia's first big budget science fiction film. With Princess Leia in full 1980s outfit. Unfortunately it wasn't very good. At all.
The Sun, 3 December 1987
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David Lynch's Eraserhead was a regular at art house cinemas throughout the late 70s and 1980s. It was a must-see for film buffs and hipsters (1980s-style!)