We all have those movies that we were obsessed with growing up. The movies that you watch every single day and never get bored of watching them. Recently on Twitter, people were posting lists of their favourite movies from every year since they were born. I decided to do it too and found it quite interesting which ones I picked for each year. As I’m almost 30 years old, it’s not possible for me to create a blog post about my favourite movie from each year otherwise we’d be here all day. But it got me thinking about my favourite movies as a child. I had a small selection of movies on VHS (remember them?) that my brother and I would watch non-stop, much to the dismay of whoever was looking after us. So I thought I’d share my favourite childhood movies and why I loved them so much.
The Mummy (1999)
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I must have seen this movie about a thousand times by now. I can remember this always being on TV around Christmas time growing up, usually on Christmas Eve. My brother and I would always go to bed early on Christmas Eve and watch whatever movie was on TV. It was nearly always The Mummy. Everything comes back to Christmas for me! For a film released in 1999, the CG still holds up pretty well today and the chemistry between Brendan Frasers ‘Rick’ and Rachel Weiszs ‘Evelyn’ is still as strong as ever. I like that the film slowly builds up to the mummy coming back to life before going balls to the wall action. I actually watched this film just last week and 18 years on, it’s still one of my favourites. Also, Brendan Fraser is a total hottie in this movie. Just a shame they ruined the franchise with the dodgy third movie and the even dodgier looking reboot due out this year.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
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It still enrages me that the movie magazines such as Empire only gave this movie 2 stars. Guuurrrrllllllllll. This movie is the shit, the bomb, the real bloody deal. Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker are incredible as the Sanderson sisters, witches brought back to life in the 1990’s. Better for me is the absolute standout in the movie, she is clearly living her life in the role as this powerful yet uber-campy witch. I can remember the first time I saw this movie – it was when it aired on ITV around Halloween in it’s terrestrial TV debut. We had a blank video ready to record it and I can remember constantly running to the VHS recorder and stopping it when the adverts came on. My brother and I watched this movie constantly on this VHS for years until I finally bought it on DVD. I would LOVE there to be a sequel but the big question still remains – what sort of school has an incinerator in it?
Masters of the Universe (1987)
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Masters of the Universe was released in August 1987, before I was born. I can’t remember exactly when I saw it, I just remember our neighbour letting us borrow her copy of the video. We loved it so much that we used to sneak into her house when she wasn’t in to go and get it. It’s her own fault for not locking her back door okay! If you’re reading this mum, sorry!
Bring It On (2000)
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I can’t remember the first time I watched this movie but I do remember watching it almost weekly for like six years! Starring some of my favourite actresses such as Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku, I absolutely love the nineties vibe. Oh how I wish we could go back to that time! To me, Bring It On was the Mean Girls of 2000, full of brilliant one-liners and pop culture references. Annoyingly, it’s the only movie in the series to not be on iTunes!
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Come on, as if Star Wars wasn’t going to be in this list. I discovered Star Wars some time in 1997 when my parents bought me a Star Wars filofax. It was filled with information about the movies and that was when my obsession began. My parents bought me the Star Wars trilogy on DVD that Christmas and I can remember the first time I watched each one. Over Summers and school holidays, my brother and I would watch them over and over again much to the annoyance of my Gran. It got to the point where she actually asked my parents to get us new movies as she was sick of watching Star Wars. Poor Granny.
There are lots of movies that I love that are associated with growing up for me but those 5 are the ones I resonate most with still today. What are your favourite childhood movies? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading.