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The '80s Science Fiction Movies Quiz
by Staff
The 1980s was a heady time for film. "Star Wars"! "Star Trek"! Those alone would make the 80s a fantastic time to grow up a sci fi lover, but there are tons more science fiction movies out there featuring aliens, things, predators and cyborgs.

What sci-fi(ish) film was the top-grossing film of the 1980s?

  • "E.T."
  • "Return of the Jedi"
  • "Back to the Future"

Another touching tale of a human and alien becoming pals is the 1985 film:

  • "D.A.R.Y.L"
  • "Enemy Mine"
  • "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome"

Which is a real name of a British 80s sci fi film?

  • "Galactic Geeks Get the Girls"
  • "Morons From Outer Space"
  • "It Never Rains On Uranus"

"RoboCop" stars:

  • Emilio Estevez
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Peter Weller

But wasn't Emilio Estevez in another '80s sci fi "classic?"

  • "RoboCop 2"
  • "Repo Man"
  • nope

What is Khan's full name in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan?"

  • Jerald Khan
  • Khan D. Perfunct
  • Khan Noonien Singh

Which Mad Max film came out in 1981?

  • "Mad Max"
  • "The Road Warrior"
  • "Beyond Thunderdome"

What is Kevin Flynn's (Jeff Bridges) job in "Tron"?

  • software engineer
  • computer salesman
  • artist

Who is "The Terminator" sent to kill?

  • John Connor
  • his (human) self, from the past
  • Sarah Connor

What day does Marty travel to in "Back To the Future?"

  • July 4, 1955
  • October 31, 2015
  • November 5, 1955

What high-brow writer penned the critical and box-office bomb "Saturn 3?"

  • Salman Rushdie
  • Martin Amis
  • Christopher Hitchens

What kind of (modified) transportation did Banzai drive in "The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension?"

  • a Corvette
  • a hoverboard
  • a truck

Who wrote the screenplay for "Ghostbusters?"

  • Bill Murray and Harold Ramis
  • Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis
  • Ivan Reitman

In the 1984 film "Gremlins," what are the mogwai rules that mustn't be broken?

  • don't let the mogwai see bright light, don't let it get wet and don't feed it after midnight
  • don't eat it and don't wear it as a hat
  • don't pet it or name it

1988's "My Stepmother Is An Alien" features what actress, now widely known for TV work?

  • Rachel Bilson
  • Kristen Bell
  • Alyson Hannigan

The sequel to "Alien" was called:

  • "Alien II"
  • "Aliens"
  • "The Alien"

What is NOT a name of a character in "The Fly?"

  • Doran Martell
  • Stathis Borans
  • Veronica Quaife

What famous director was in front of the camera for his '80s sci-fi feature film debut?

  • Peter Jackson
  • David Cronenberg
  • Steven Soderbergh

"Predator" takes place:

  • on a distant, unnamed planet
  • in the Great Lakes region
  • in a jungle

Where did Bill and Ted call home in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure?"

  • Pasadena, California
  • San Diego, California
  • San Dimas, California

In Wes Craven's 1982 film, how is the "Swamp Thing" created?

  • A scientist is mutated.
  • A scientist creates the Swamp Thing.
  • The Swamp Thing is made when a Sasquatch breeds with an alligator.

How many characters does Lily Tomlin play in "The Incredible Shrinking Woman?"

  • one
  • two
  • four

What is the test used in "Blade Runner" to determine if someone is human or replicant?

  • Kobayashi Maru
  • Voight-Kampff
  • the SATTT

Who directed "The Empire Strikes Back?"

  • George Lucas
  • Irvin Kershner
  • Richard Marquand

Who directed "Return of the Jedi?"

  • Richard Marquand
  • Irvin Kershner
  • George Lucas

1980's "Superman II" was directed by:

  • Richard Donner
  • Richard Lester
  • both

Who directed 1983's "Superman III?"

  • Richard Donner
  • Richard Lester
  • Sidney J. Furie

Who directed "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home?"

  • George Takei
  • William Shatner
  • Leonard Nimoy

What does "The Thing" do in John Carpenter's 1982 film?

  • It eats brains.
  • It invades your mind and makes you crave human flesh.
  • It shape-shifts and "assimilates" other species.

Terry Gilliam's 1985 film "Brazil" is set in:

  • Brazil
  • somewhere in the future
  • somewhere in the future in Brazil