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Favorite '80s cult classic: 'The NeverEnding Story' or 'The Road Warrior'?
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Movies in the 1980s were like totally rad and stuff, especially in sci-fi and fantasy. Blockbusters from George Lucas and Steven Spielberg ruled at the box office but the spread of video rentals and cable gave a second life to a lot of movies that didn’t do well in theaters, but became classics anyhow. We’re facing off the best-loved cult films of the time, starting with a magical book in "The NeverEnding Story" and post-apocalyptic action in "The Road Warrior." Which do you love most?

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In this round, we’re looking at the need for imagination versus a fight for gasoline. Don't forget to click on the bracket below and cast your vote for our other '80s cult film matchups!

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Ostensibly a look at the power of reading as a source to invigorate imagination, “The NeverEnding Story” (1984) also traumatized a generation with the death of the horse Artax in the swamp of sadness. Human child and reader Bastian is one half of the heroic force of the story and the other being Atreyu, the boy Bastian reads about. Atreyu’s quest to save the Childlike Empress and end the dreaded Nothing (the end of imagination) becomes Bastian’s quest as well. Visually, the film uses pre-CGI technology with miniatures, props and puppets. A huge success in Germany—the film performed modestly in the U.S., but became a video store favorite. 

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"Fight the nothing!"

And watch the trailer to "The NeverEnding Story" below.

#TeamRoadWarrior

Sequels seldom outshine the original film, but there’s no question that the violent post-apocalyptic thrill of “The Road Warrior” (1981, sometimes referred to as “Mad Max 2”) outperforms its predecessor “Mad Max" in every way possible. In many ways, it’s an adaptation of Sergio Leone’s "A Fistful of Dollars" (itself an adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s "Yojimbo"). 

The lone Road Warrior (Mel Gibson, who also stars in the first and third films) finds himself in the middle of a fight between a settlement of generally peaceful people and an outback gang of nightmare punks led by the Lord Humungus. In the end, the settlers win and the Road Warrior pretty much gets screwed over by everyone, but somehow it’s a happy ending. 

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"What a puny plan!"

Check out the trailer to "The Road Warrior" below.

FINAL RESULTS
Entertainment
Favorite '80s cult classic: 'The NeverEnding Story' or 'The Road Warrior'?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamNeverEndingStory
#TeamRoadWarrior
A place to keep your secrets
Buy now