80’s classics your mom would totally let you watch

THE MOTHER OF ALL ANNOUNCEMENTS


News travels fast, just ask anyone who played Girl Talk Date Line (talk about nostalgia callback). So, with the news that the classic 80’s role-reversal movie, Mr. Mom, is arriving as a Vudu-exclusive, free TV series in 2019, we’re celebrating by taking a look at some more of the great 80’s classics currently available for FREE on Vudu.

 

Everybody’s Working For The 80’s

 

 

Who ya gonna call? Way before the reboot brought busting back, we remember pretending to zap Slimer with our proton packs, wanting to live in a decommissioned firehouse, and cowering at the sight of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. So, check out Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 (don’t cross streams!), the perfect combination of fun, frightening, and free to watch.

 

 

Punching meat. Running up stairs. Raining haymakers on a murderer’s row of larger-than-life fighters (including Mr. T). Running up some more stairs. And you can’t get more 80’s than the US vs USSR (I must break you). If the last time you heard Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger was on 12-inch vinyl, it’s time to revisit the legend of the Italian Stallion with Rocky III, III, IV, and V.

 

 

Move over, Jared Leto. True Bat-fans remember deadly Smylex gas, the futuristic Batwing, and sold-out Joker merchandise in every store.  Tim Burton’s signature dark and gloomy style officially took flight when a new generation met the Batman.

 

 

If you were watching horror movies in 1988, there’s a strong chance you developed a fear of dolls that never went away (ours hasn’t). Chucky’s blood-red hair and fiendishly freckled face haunt the dreams of even the bravest 80s kids. With free streaming, confronting your fear is Child’s Play.

Video killed the radio star

 

 

But not the 80s TV stars. Relive those glory days by watching ALF eat cats, unraveling the unknown with Unsolved Mysteries, and learning along with Mr. Wizard’s World guarantee a throwback any day of the week.

 

 

NEW THIS WEEK: SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, AND MORE

PLUS RENTALS AND TV

 

LARGER THAN LIFE

 

Some movies are built on grounded, small performances set in carefully recreated real-world settings. These are not those movies. Sit back and enjoy the best of the big, the loud, and the unusual.

 

 

How far can hustle, ambition, and skill take you when moral compromise is on the table? Sorry to Bother You answers with an otherworldly, genre-busting roller coaster filled with colorful characters like Detroit (Tessa Thompson), featured in this exclusive clip.

 

 

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’s title may be self-explanatory, but the joyous familial fantasy has a lot to say about mothers, fathers, daughters, and friends. Plan a sing-along and get into the ABBA-powered groove.

 

 

Children are the future – a dystopian one in this case. Amandla Stenberg leads a cast of super-powered young adults caught between those who would use them and those who would hide them away in Darkest Minds.

 

 

You’ve seen them battle villains, monsters, and adolescent angst in the shadow of older superheroes; now you can finally watch Teen Titans GO! to the Movies. This light-hearted family adventure is titanically packed with superheroic action, laughs and cameos.

 

NEW TO RENT

 

 

Ghosts and goblins meet rest and relaxation as the Hotel Transylvania 3 crew take to the sea for a family-friendly vampiric vacation that’s anything but normal.

 

 

One small jump for The Rock, one giant leap towards saving his family. With everything on the line, action’s main man is scaling new heights to show these terrorists who’s on top in Skyscraper.

 

 

In Unfriended: Dark Web, the cyber-terror is coming from inside the house. Experience the modern age of horror as a group of friends enter the corner of the internet that no one comes back from.

 

TV

 

 

The war is over, but the nightmare has just begun. Horror and comic fans should run, don’t walk to new episodes of The Walking Dead.

 

 

Kids grow up so fast, especially super-speedster ones. Watch The Flash race to show his time-travelling daughter the ropes as they face a new threat in new episodes, starting tomorrow 10/10.

 

 

NEW THIS WEEK: SKYSCRAPER, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3, AND MORE

PLUS RENTALS AND TV

 

FAMILY MATTERS

 

Whether they’re escaping from terrorists, relaxing at sea, or just navigating middle school, families are at the heart of this week’s new releases.

 

 

One 225-story-tall building, one out of control fire, and dozens of highly-trained killers vs. Dwayne Johnson (and family). It’s going to be a close one. Hollywood’s towering hero meets the one enemy he can’t punch, persuade, or piledrive: a Skyscraper.

 

 

This vacation is centuries overdue. With a growing family, monstrously demanding guests, and a frighteningly empty social calendar, Dracula’s ready to hit the high seas for some much-needed R&R in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. Destination: spooky fun for the whole family.

 

 

Eighth Grade is awkward for everyone, and social media hasn’t made it any easier. If Kayla can just make it through her last week while minimizing anxiety attacks, dad-related embarrassment, and boy-related pressures, high school just might turn out a little better.

 

NEW TO RENT

 

 

He aided the rebellion against the dreaded Galactic Empire. He made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs (give or take). His best friend is a Wookie. His name is Han Solo, and his untold origins are finally available in Solo: A Star Wars Story

 

FREE EPISODES OF NEW TV

 

 

Life in on the Southside of The Chi is complex, with joy, tragedy, secrets, and disappointments that ripple throughout the close-knit community. Watch the first 3 episodes now for free and discover the stories you won’t see on the news.

 

 

A doctor’s life isn’t all flu shots and physicals. The Resident examines the gritty reality of life inside America’s hospitals, with a free season premier available now.

 

 

Speaking of gritty hospitals, how much can one new medical director really change? He’s going to find out even if he has to do it himself, and you can watch him try with a free episode of New Amsterdam available later this week.

 

 

What happens to the mutants who aren’t X-Men? For one family on the run, the answer is danger, discovery, and deception at every turn. Watch the season premiere of The Gifted, free later this week.

 

 

FALL TV SALE, NEW RELEASES, AND MORE

PLUS RENTALS AND MOVIES STILL IN THEATERS

 

NEW SEASON, NEW SEASONS

 

Falling leaves, jack-o-lanterns, and pumpkin spice are great and all, but we all know that the greatest gift of fall is new TV! To celebrate the return of all our primetime faves, Vudu is kicking off the Fall TV Sale to end all Fall TV sales.

 

Whether you’re catching up on old seasons ahead of premiere time or scoring a season pass so you never miss a new episode, now’s the perfect time to save on all your must-watch TV.

 

 

There’s discounted seasons for everyone no matter what your TV taste. Comedy fans can laugh it up with full seasons of Black-ish, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Drama devotees can save on suspense with How to Get Away With Murder, Better Call Saul, and Vikings.

 

Sci-Fi (Doctor Who), lifestyle (Property Brothers), and family shows (Henry Danger) are all in the mix, and you can even save big on multi-season bundles of top-shelf shows like American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy.

 

 

Can’t pick just one? Our mix-and-match bundle lets you pick 3 seasons from shows like The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Chicago Fire for one autumn-riffic low price. Staying in is all the rage this season, so check back every Tuesday this month for new shows on sale.

 

NEW THIS WEEK

 

 

He may be Solo, but he’s never alone. Join Han Solo, Star Wars’ scoundrel extraordinaire, and his friends, enemies, and frienemies for an intergalactic high-speed chase in Solo: A Star Wars Story, dropping this Friday 9/14. Pre-order now to get an extra $3 movie credit to spend your way.

 

 

One dad + one daughter + one at-home jam sesh = the indie song of the summer? Hearts Beat Loud is a feel-good musical joyride with laughs, lessons, and shout-along songs to spare.

 

NEW TO RENT

 

 

Don’t let the couture fool you. These felonious fashionistas are here for a good time and some serious crime, and they’ve got a few unexpected tricks up their sleeves in Ocean’s 8.

 

 

Sometimes you play the game, sometimes the game plays you. Ambitious hustler Youngblood Priest has risked everything for the top spot in the Atlanta underworld, and he’ll have to risk it again to get out in Superfly.

 

STILL IN THEATERS

 

 

How do you follow up a chart-topping album and the hard-partying fame that comes with it? How about some exams? Rock star Joanne Star (Cobie Smulders of Avengers fame) is heading to college, and she’s going to prove to the world (and herself) that she’s Alright Now.

 

 

You thought Freddy Krueger was scary? Waking up won’t save you this time. Mara lurks in the space between asleep and awake, and she’s ready to put her victims down for good.

 

 

It’s official. Bingeable is a thing.

Well, it’s always been a thing (we knew that), but now it’s a real thing – at least according to the folks at Merriam-Webster. Yeah, the dictionary people.

Merriam-Webster has just made an update that adds 840 new words to the dictionary, and one of them, in particular, caught our eye.

M-W lists the definition of bingeable as: “having multiple episodes or parts that can be watched in rapid succession: suitable for binge-watching.” Sounds pretty good to us.

They also cite 2013 as the year the word was first used, so we’re not sure why it took them five years to realize it’s common enough to be worthy of gracing their pages (both virtual and print) – but we’re pretty excited about it anyway, because, well, movies & TV.

So, how did it finally become “a real word”? According to M-W, they look for three criteria: frequent use, widespread use, and meaningful use. Meaning it has to be used by a lot of people, in a lot of places, and be descriptive enough to be useful.

Other words that made this update include flight (at least a new definition that accounts for beer flights), Instagramming (millennials are killing the dictionary), lots of tech-related words (haptics, force quit, fintech), and hangry – as in hangry for some bingeable TV?

Hangry for TV? Vudu satisfies – with a Fall TV s

If you do happen to be hangry for some bingeable TV, you’re in the right place. In addition to movies & TV being our fav (also made the update) thing, it’s also our thing.

We also just so happen to be having a Fall TV Sale where you can get:

  • The brand new The Purge TV series that just started yesterday, starting at $16.99 (SD)
    (new episodes available as soon as the day after they air)
  • Select seasons on sale for $19.99 and under
  • Current TV seasons on sale for $29.99 and under
  • Season/Series bundles on sale
  • And even Mix & Match 2 seasons (from a collection) for $19.99
  • Discover more TV with select FREE episodes (also a thing, all the time)

And because there’s always new TV shows to watch, you’ll want to check back every Tuesday this month as we add new shows and series to our New TV Series, Returning TV Series, Fall TV Sale, and Mix & Match TV sale collections.

So, binge better and get your TV a la carte. Let Vudu be your stop for your favorite TV shows whether they’ve been on the air, or are still in season – all for much less than cable. (Who watches 200 channels of shows anyways?) Watch the shows you want, and only the shows you want, commercial free, and by the episode, season, or series.