I took my kids to see FLASH GORDON (1980) on the big screen!
My boys are roughly the same age I was when I first saw the movie (over and over) on HBO. So I was really excited for them to see it. But I was worried that the guys would be bored by the slow pacing of the campy film. So before the film I talked it up and brainwashed them into thinking they already loved the movie.
As the film played I wasn’t worried about them being bored but I was worried about some of the sexy stuff. Even when FLASH GORDON isn’t overt it’s a kinky space opera. Being a young boy watching FLASH GORDON is kind of like climbing the rope in gym class.
I’ll admit I’m one of those Dads who tries to recapture the best aspects of his childhood and share it with his kids. When Dino DeLaurentiis made the movie, he was trying to recapture his childhood influences.
He’s made KING KONG and then FLASH GORDON (and he’d also wanted to make a feature film version of MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN starring Jack Nicholson.) Now we’re onto the third-generation, with me sharing those movies with my kids.
My older son is wearing the FLASH t-shirt I won during the pre-show Prince Vultan sound-alike contest. I won! (I think my full-beard helped.) You can’t hear him, but he’s shouting “YEAH!” just like Flash does at the end of the movie. Fun-fact: when they filmed the ending, it felt kind of flat. So actor Sam Jones came up with the idea that Flash should shout “Yeah!” and leap into the air. that was all him.
Lastly, FLASH GORDON holds a special place in my heart because it was the subject of my first AMC web-show “The Sci Fi Department” — you can see it below.