08/11/2010

Forgotten Gem: Better Off Dead (1985)


1985 has given the world an endless amount of greatness. Films like Back To The Future, The Goonies, The Breakfast Club and My Beautiful Laundrette and songs like A-Ha's 'Take On Me', Madonna's 'Into The Groove', Tears for Fears 'Shout' and Foreigner's 'I Wanna Know What Love Is'. Oh fuck off everyone likes that song. The point is that amongst all of those crackers and the birth of a certain journalist/blogger destined to conquer the world, a few good'uns were lost in the mix and Better Off Dead is one of them. Oh look, it's a motherfucking trailer.


Written and directed by the amazingly named Savage Steve Holland, it stars a post-The Sure Thing and pre-Stand By Me John Cusack as a high school student who becomes suicidal after his girlfriend dumps him for a jock. Thinking that death is the only answer his pathetic attempts to end his life throw up a series of amusing comedic situations. HAHAHAHA, suicide is hilarious. Better Off Dead is a weird mix of surrealism, black comedy and the archetypal high school movie which doesn't work for everyone. But don't worry about those people, they're fools. Even Family Guy parodied it and we all know that they are really strict with who they parody.

Interestingly John Cusack hated this film with a passion and even told SSH that it "was the worst thing I have ever seen. I will never trust you as a director ever again, so don’t speak to me." Oh dear. I like Cusack as much as the next person but we all know that he can spew some cunt-filled insults when he feels like it. Still, he's over it now and even gave the film some loving nods in Hot Tub Time Machine.

Still not convinced? This guy is in it.

Case. Closed.