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Check out the definitive 80s sci-fi documentary in the trailer for In Search of Tomorrow

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Hold onto your shoulder pads and laser blasters, folks! We’re about to take a trip into arguably the greatest pop-culture decade of all time! (And I should know since I’ll be doing the arguing!) Yes, it’s time to get groovy in the 1980s, a decade that has seen a gigantic resurgence in popularity thanks to modern throwbacks like Netflix’s hit sci-fi series Stranger Things. But what is it about the 80s, and specifically that decade’s science-fiction offerings, that we love so much? Well, a new documentary is going to try and find out!

From the same folks who gave us the brilliant horror-focused doc In Search of Darkness back in 2018, In Search of Tomorrow is an upcoming documentary currently being funded on Kickstarter. Billed as “the most comprehensive retrospective of the ’80s sci-fi movie genre ever made”, it will offer viewers a “chance to immerse yourself in the world and mythos of ’80s science fiction”. Planned at four-hours-plus, this doc will feature insights, anecdotes, and interviews with the actors, directors, writers, SFX experts, and composers of some of the era’s greatest productions.

Here are the creators describing just why they’re making this documentary:

We still remember the magic of seeing these films for the first time, and we’ve been trying to recapture that feeling ever since. Vader’s redemption, Ripley’s duel with the Alien Queen, Roy Batty’s “Tears in Rain”, and many more. Moments that surprised us. Moments that moved us. Moments that left a lasting impact on our subconscious. Years later, we’re still trying to recapture these transformative experiences.

We are making this documentary to celebrate, explore, and recontextualise these films and the influence they’ve had both on ourselves and our culture. We want to go beyond the movies, to the science, technology, and art they’ve inspired. This documentary will be a time capsule, capturing unheard stories and perspectives not just for us, but for future generations.

As somebody who grew up with many of these films, I can’t wait to watch this documentary. And we’ve got our first glimpse now as the debut trailer and artwork for In Search of Tomorrow have been released – so get ready for a blast of nostalgic awesomeness and hit play below.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of what the doc will be comprised of:

  • Heroes and Heroines: Hear from the actors, writers, directors, and producers who brought Sci-Fi icons such as Rick Deckard, Ellen Ripley, and the Terminator to your movie screen.
  •  SFX Breakdowns: Learn how your favorite robot, creature, and spaceship effects were created. We’ll be interviewing the artists who designed and operated the models, puppets, and animatronics that brought some of your favorite creatures and characters to life.
  •  Production Design & Worldbuilding: Learn about the creation of the costumes, weapons, and post-apocalyptic landscapes that set the scene for our favorite stories.
  •  Socio/Political Context: How ‘80s Sci-Fi reflected the socio-political context in which it was made: Tech advances, Reaganomics, Live AID, big business, and the AIDS crisis.
  •  Genre Mixing: Exploring how other genres – fantasy, action, horror, and comedy – are very much intertwined with the Sci-Fi genre. Where does one begin and the other end?
  •  Legacy: Discuss the importance of ‘80s Sci-Fi genre in a modern-day context. Why is ‘80s Sci-Fi still so relevant today?

The production has already been going for a year now, with the likes of Paul Verhoeven (director of Robocop), Joe Dante (director of Gremlins, Innerspace), John Carpenter (director of The Thing), Nicholas Meyer (director of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), Sean Young (Rachael in Blade Runner, Chani in Dune), Henry Thomas (Elliott in E.T.), Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon in Flash Gordon), Lance Guest (Alex in The Last Starfighter), Clancy Brown (Kurgan in Highlander), Alex Winter (Bill in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) and up to 50 more already attached!

You can check out all those details, how to get involved as a backer for the production, the amazing rewards for backers, and also the various community-driven events being planned for when it releases, on the official Kickstarter page. I’m definitely signing up for this one!

Last Updated: May 13, 2020

9 Comments

  1. Wow this is totally awesome! And they managed to get Sean Young, thats pretty incredible.
    Josh Gad is doing some cool youtube 80’s revivals, so far he’s reunited the cast of The Goonies and Back to the Future via ZOOM

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  2. Hammersteyn

    May 13, 2020 at 17:21

    Back then you’d walk into the video store after Sunday school(waste of time) and look at the cover of a VHS box and think. Mmmm this looks cool. That’s how I saw Back to the Future, Star Wars, Aliens, Terminator for the first time. Now for every gem, there were about 30 turds. But it didn’t matter. This was before M-Net which crapped out every 10 minutes or so. And even then M-net didn’t show as many movies. Remember holding all the buttons to make the yellow and green lights work? My uncle once attacked a decoder with a steak knife. Even in highscool, the only thing one would know about a movie is what you’ve maybe seen in a trailer you saw in theatre or on TV. Hell, I didn’t know anything about Long Kiss Goodnight, Birdcage, Heat or Shawshank Redemption the first time I saw them and cinemas were a novelty back then. Tickets were cheap. SK gave you a free ticket, Coke and Popcorn on your birthday that you could use anytime. Also half price Tuesdays. It might be nostalgia but everyone seemed well behaved in the darkness back then…. no wait, there weren’t damned cell phones back then!!!!!

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  3. Daniel Hallinan

    May 13, 2020 at 16:27

    Christ almighty am I tempted to back this. So much of my childhood.

    And those posters are tempting as hell!

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  4. Hammersteyn

    May 13, 2020 at 17:21

    Back then you’d walk into the video store after Sunday school(waste of time) and look at the cover of a VHS box and think. Mmmm this looks cool. That’s how I saw Back to the Future, Star Wars, Aliens, Terminator for the first time. Now for every gem, there were about 30 turds. But it didn’t matter. This was before M-Net which crapped out every 10 minutes or so. And even then M-net didn’t show as many movies. Remember holding all the buttons to make the yellow and green lights work? My uncle once attacked a decoder with a steak knife. Even in highscool, the only thing one would know about a movie is what you’ve maybe seen in a trailer you saw in theatre or on TV. Hell, I didn’t know anything about Long Kiss Goodnight, Birdcage, Heat or Shawshank Redemption the first time I saw them and cinemas were a novelty back then. Tickets were cheap. SK gave you a free ticket, Coke and Popcorn on your birthday that you could use anytime. Also half price Tuesdays. It might be nostalgia but everyone seemed well behaved in the darkness back then…. no wait, there weren’t damned cell phones back then!!!!!

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    • HvR

      May 13, 2020 at 17:26

      “Remember holding all the buttons to make the yellow and green lights work?”

      Okay sir you need to hold all three buttons.

      Okay

      I’m sending the signal, are you holding them.

      Yes

      <3 minutes later>

      Okay, still sending the signal. You must still hold the buttons yes.

      Okay
      <2 minutes later>

      Are you still holding the buttons?

      Yes

      Oh no you should have let go, we must try again.

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    • HvR

      May 13, 2020 at 17:26

      “Remember holding all the buttons to make the yellow and green lights work?”

      Okay sir you need to hold all three buttons.

      Okay

      I’m sending the signal, are you holding them.

      Yes

      Okay, still sending the signal. You must still hold the buttons yes.

      Okay

      Are you still holding the buttons?

      Yes

      Oh no you should have let go, we must try again.

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      • Hammersteyn

        May 13, 2020 at 17:26

        LOL!

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        • HvR

          May 13, 2020 at 17:32

          And as you said, no cellpbhones. So that was 12 year old me talking with all the telephone cords on maximum extension, my mother holding the phone to my ear, my father manning the plug and holding the decoder so that I can reach both. Fingers burning because some fucktard decided to make those little buttons ,which you have no idea whether they are in or not, harder that an eskimo’s nipples on a midwinters night.

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          • Hammersteyn

            May 13, 2020 at 23:13

            Still remember that feeling of joy of not being cut off after open time anymore.

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