The nine rules of ’80s fantasy movies

The genre boom of the 1980s, sparked by the success of ‘Star Wars’ and ‘E.T.’ and fostered by the preponderance of household video players, sparked a revolution in film fantasy, combining elements of sci-fi, fairy tale, horror, action adventure and even kung-fu into family-friendly tales of strange worlds and derring-do. As the shamelessly retro ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’ hits our cinema screens, Time Out felt compelled to explore a few of the key rules and overarching themes that unify this diverse, well-loved and much-missed filmic trend


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