Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

“[singing] The dark side’s callin’ now, nothin’ is real, She’ll never know just how I feel, From out of the shadows she walks like a dream, Make me feel crazy, make me feel so mean, Ain’t nothin’ gonna save you from the love that’s blind, Slip to the dark side and cross that line, On the dark side, oh yeah, On the dark side…” – Eddie Wilson

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Cable in the 80’s and 11 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A reporter tries to uncover the secrets of the life of a rock n roll star who mysteriously disappeared over 20 years earlier.

My Take on it – This is a cult classic from the 80’s that I recall seeing numerous times on cable as a kid, but couldn’t really remember what it was all about.

Unfortunately, the story is a real mess and instead of giving the viewer something intriguing to watch, they shroud so much of the story line in mystery and that drags it downward too much.

The film has an amazing theme song sung by Michael Pare – Dark Side and despite the film not be very memorable, the song actually is.

Check it out here:

Tom Berenger is a great actor, but the role he is given here just doesn’t work well enough and fails to let him show his acting talent.

I did love seeing Joe Pantaliono here in an integral part, but like the rest of the characters here, they just don;t manage to help make things more entertaining to watch unfold.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film, initially a box-office flop, became a cult classic after airing on cable. The featured single “On the Dark Side” was Top 10 hit in 1984. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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