The 80s Movie Podcast
I’m Edward Havens, the host of The 80s Movie Podcast. As a child of the 70s and teenager of the 80s, I spent a lot of time at the movies in order to stay away from a not very good home. I’d see anything and everything. Didn’t matter what it was about or who was in it. Which gives me a much greater wealth of material to draw on than most podcasts which cover the sane topic. I’m less interested in being the 83rd podcast to talk about Back to the Future or Roadhouse. I want to remind you of the movie you may have forgotten about, or never knew existed. There were 10,000 movies released in the 1980s. Someone needs to talk about the other 9,900 movies that aren’t spoken about so much.
Share an experience that has shaped who you are today.
When I was 18, I was home for the summer from school, and I got a job at a movie theatre. I mean, what kid who loves movies wouldn’t want to work at a movie theatre? Spend a summer watching free movies when I wasn’t working, and then go back to school when time was up. I ended up staying with that job for 34 years.
Tell us about your podcast audience.
My audience are listeners who enjoy learning as they’re being entertained. When they listen to The 80s Movie Podcast, they expect to hear about how the movie came together, or why a distributor flew so high only to come crashing down, or how a filmmaker overcame a personal tragedy to make a comeback. The human stories. The personal connections. The things that bring us closer to the movies we love, or didn’t even know we needed in our lives.
What makes your podcast unique?
As I previously mentioned, I try to talk about the movies that aren’t covered as much by other podcasts. Not that there’s anything wrong with talking about Raiders of the Lost Ark or Die Hard. I love Raiders and Die Hard. But there were so many other films to talk about.
This week, we go back to the 1984 summer movie season, with one of the most forgotten movies of the decade, for good reason: Chattanooga Choo Choo, starring Barbara Eden, George Kennedy, Melissa Sue Anderson, Christopher McDonald, Joe Namath, and Joe Namath’s 1969 Super Bowl III championship ring.