The Princess Bride: Rob Reiner's classic 1987 fairytale with a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humour, THE PRINCESS BRIDE remains as fresh and as entertaining today as when it was first released. All the standard fairytale characters are here - the handsome prince, the beautiful princess, the ugly but good-hearted ogre, the evil king and the wise old man with a knack for potion making - but holding it all together is the inimitable humour of its creators William Goldman (novel and screenplay), Mel Brooks (producer) and of course Rob Reiner at the helm.
Labyrinth: Fifteen-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is so resentful of her baby brother Toby that she hopes he will just disappear. Her dream becomes reality when goblins kidnap the boy--but Sarah unexpectedly finds herself horrified by the loss. So she sets forth to retrieve him, and finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime. To accomplish her task, she will somehow have to reach the center of the fantastical labyrinth where the wicked Goblin King (David Bowie, who performs two songs) has imprisoned the lad. But the task is easier said than done, for the maze is filled with strange creatures and mind-bending puzzles that confuse the girl. Directed by Jim Henson and penned by Monty Python's Terry Jones, 'Labyrinth' is a distinctive, beautifully designed dark fantasy for all ages.
Aliens: The only survivor of the Nostromo, Ripley is discovered in a deep sleep half a century later by a salvage ship. When she is taken back to Earth, she learns that a human colony was founded on the same planet where the aliens were first found.
After contact with the colony is lost, she finds herself sent back to the planet along with a team of warriors hell-bent on destroying the alien menace forever, and saving the survivors - if any remain.
The Thing: Kurt Russell starred in this faithful 1982 adaptation of a short story written 1938. A team of scientists in the Arctic are infiltrated by a shape-shifting alien which has the ability to replicate the appearance of the people it kills. This is arguably Carpenter's most effective film, creating a real sense of claustrophobic paranoia through its isolated location, Ennio Morricone's iconic score, and the distrust shown among the men as they try to work out who is still human. Shunned by the public on its initial release (soon after E.T. had made aliens cuddly), the film's success owes much to special effects wizard Rob Bottin's gruesome creations, which still stand up to scrutiny today, even on the big screen.