Golden Raspberry Awards: 1989

Razzies 1989

The Golden Raspberries started off as an informal joke.  Something for a publicist and his friends to do after the Oscars had ended.  Over time, it has become and enduring and irreverent tradition.  In theory, The Razzies poke fun at the worst movies of the year.  But like any awards ceremony, the Razzies frequently make the wrong call.  We’re going back and looking at the history of the Golden Raspberry Awards one year at a time.

The tenth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 1989.  Batman and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were the big movies that year.  Driving Miss Daisy won the Oscar for Best Picture and Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for My Left Foot.  But the Razzies were suffering from a bad case of sequelitis.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Worst Original Song

  • “Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter” from A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, written by Bruce Dickinson
  • “Let’s Go!” from A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, written by Mohanndas Dewese (also known as Kool Moe Dee)
  • “Pet Sematary” from Pet Sematary, written by Dee Dee Ramone and Daniel Rey

Winner:“Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter”

As usual, we’re kicking things off with Worst Song.  We’ve got three nominees in this category and two of them are off the soundtrack for the latest Nightmare on Elm Street movie.  The third is from the soundtrack to Pet Sematary.  Sort of seems like the Razzies just didn’t like music from horror movies.  Let’s check them out.

First we have the Iron Maiden song from Nightmare 5.

You guys know I’m not a big music guy.  This sounds like every other heavy metal song from every single horror movie soundtrack.

Next Kool Moe Dee busts rhymes on a Freddy movie.

Again, not my thing.  Of the three songs nominated, this one is my least favorite.

Finally we have a Ramones song from Pet Sematary.

I don’t know.  I kind of like this one.

I don’t have a lot to contribute to the Worst Song debate.  If you feel strongly one way or another about any of these tunes, let me know in the comments section.

Next: Worst Screenplay


Posted on December 3, 2015, in Awards, Movies, Razzies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Looks like 1989 was the year in which both the Razzies and the Oscars put up some questionable nominees. That was the year that Driving Miss Daisy took home BP while Do The Right Thing, Drugstore Cowboy and Glory did not get a nomination.


  2. Retrospective / Review – Road House (1989)


  3. To be honest I’d say ‘Weekend At Bernies’ has a lot of retro charm too. I’m with Rachel Green on this one.


    • I haven’t seen it since it was in theaters, so I can’t speak to WaB’s retro charm. I am surprised the Razzies didn’t pounce on it. Everyone else did.


      • I think a lot of people see it as a bad film but a fun film, the sort of movie that people can cheerfully admit as a guilty pleasure as they joked about in ‘Friends’. It helps that the concept is so off the wall. Certainly here in Dublin a local cinema showed it three years ago as part of an 1980’s summer season (and urged people to come dressed in Hawaiin shirts, flip flops and neon coloured shades too!)

        The sequel on the other hand is simply a bad film without being fun.


  4. We are heading down to the 1990s next week! Pretty soon, actors such as Kevin Costner, Melanie Griffith, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Steven Seagal, Sean Young, Sharon Stone, and once again Sylvester Stallone will become Razzie mainstays throughout most of the decade.


  5. Road House is a fun action movie. Decades later there’s still a fan base for the film. I say remove Road House from the Worst Picture nominees and put Swayze’s other movie Next of Kin in there instead. That’s an action movie that is no fun at all to watch.


    • Absolutely. Road House isn’t high art, but it is fun for what it is. Next of Kin is just bad.


      • Yep. Roadhouse (which I’ve actually seen) is an inexplicable choice as Cocktail. Not high art and totally 80s, and each with dedicated following. Although, as Lebeau had said, Cruise put butts in seats – Cocktail cleaned up at the box office. Roadhouse was a much more modest performer but also low budget.


  6. I agree with your assessment about Pat Morita in Karate Kid III. While part 3 is a weaker film than the previous 2 movies, Pat Morita is still giving the same level of performance as he did when he received an Oscar nomination for the first one. Whatever deficiencies Karate Kid III has, Pat Morita isn’t part of the problem.


  7. Blockbuster Buster: The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)

    I’m sending this one back to the bog.


  8. The Razzies definately love a guy in drag, they trot out the nominations for every actor to ever put on a wig and lipstick. Kurt Russell dresses in drag for like 30 seconds in Tango and Cash, but that sure was good enough for the Razzies to take notice.


  9. To the extent that William Shatner had responsibility for the moments that made Star Trek V truly awful (e.g., Scotty knocks himself out by walking into a bulkhead, Uhura’s infamous fan dance)–and it’s hard to see how he couldn’t have been at least partly responsible–he deserves all the piling on he got from the Razzies. They should, however, have refrained from extending the “honor” of a nomination to DeForest Kelley, as lebeau says.

    Road House is, while not a great movie, an entertaining one. It’s one of the quintessential 1980s films in its mood and visual style, and Sam Elliott is always a welcome presence.

    Finally, She’s Out of Control should definitely have received more attention than it got from the Razzies.


    • The DeForest Kelley nom shows the flaws of the Razzies “pile on” approach. Kelley has one of the few good scenes in the movie where he remembers euthanizing his father right before a cure for his disease is discovered.

      I kind of get nominating Road House. At the time, it was not beloved. People have grown affectionate for the crazy action picture over years of watching it on cable. But there were certainly less entertaining options available for nomination like She’s Out of Control or Swayze’s other movie, Next of Kin.


  10. Well, I’m a big fan of The Ramone’s song “Pet Semataty” (have it burned onto a blue Maxell cd-rw, lucky #13), and The Razzies folks are just taking their dislike of the film on the song.
    I honestly never heard of Angelyne. I liked “Earth Girls Are Easy” (yeah, but what about those females that are supposedly from Venus? Oh right: they’re my fire and my desire) and that scene rings bells, but she doesn’t.
    I notice that The Razzies get awful redundant with their nominations; they should really expand their horizons a little. As Lebeau pointed out, there was plenty of trash to sift through that was completely ignored.
    I find that Murray brothers prank pretty funny. Yep, sure seems like something those guys would do.


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