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We're opening our third season with a tribute to arguably the greatest adventure film ever made: (Indiana Jones and the) Raiders of The Lost Ark! Get ready to explore everything we love about this 1981 classic, from the real world origins of Indy's signature gear, to a deep dive into the lore behind the legendary lost Ark itself.…
 
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for...your two favorite podcast hosts! Grab a cup of holiday cheer and join us by the yule log as we tell the heartwarming holiday tale of a man who reunites with his family to celebrate the magic of the Christmas season, with plenty of explosions, murd…
 
Join us for a recap of our favorite weekend of the year: the Midwest Gaming Classic! The Midwest's largest gaming trade show made its triumphant return to Milwaukee earlier this month, and your two favorite podcast hosts were there to relive old classics, discover new favorites, and consume as much pizza as possible. Learn more about MGC here, and …
 
On this spooktacular Halloween episode, we're taking a VERY deep dive into perhaps the greatest horror movie ever made. We're covering it all: Exorcism, Ouija boards, the true story that inspired this critically acclaimed classic, and the special effects behind some of its most memorable scenes. This episode's so dense, it'll make your head spin (g…
 
Your friends at McQuaid Arcade, in association with the Wanda Trussler School of Beauty, cordially invite you to the 2021 "Tanning Invitational"! As one of the original Real Genius movie posters put it: “MEET CHRIS KNIGHT, THE EINSTEIN OF THE '80's. When his professor steals his prize invention, he turns revenge into high comedy. When he gets mad, …
 
Growing up during the personal computer revolution of the 80s instilled us with a love of computers that continues to this very day. On this episode, we're reliving our earliest and most influential computing experiences - everything from late nights spent huddled around an Apple IIc trying to solve the mysteries of Zork, to the unrivaled satisfact…
 
Growing up, soundtracks allowed us to relive our favorite movie moments, and opened our young minds to musical artists and genres we might have otherwise missed. Grab some fresh batteries for your Walkman and join us as we take a deep dive into four of our favorites: The Lost Boys, The Blues Brothers, Rocky IV, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.…
 
In 1981, John Landis’s pitch-perfect storytelling combined with Rick Baker’s groundbreaking special effects to give us what is still the best werewolf movie ever made. Scary, gory, smart, and funny, An American Werewolf In London was written as a love letter to the old-school monster movie, and ended up becoming one of the all-time greats.…
 
At a time when the once-booming American home video game industry seemed to be nothing more than the passing fad its critics had predicted, the Nintendo Entertainment System won over jaded retailers and consumers, reigniting America's passion for games. Join us as we remember the launch of this revolutionary console that changed not just our childh…
 
While it’s not the most critically acclaimed cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s work, Silver Bullet is almost certainly the funniest...whether or not the humor is entirely intentional is up for debate. Join us on this episode as we relive our childhood horror movie memories of this quasi-classic werewolf flick and laugh so hard that we almost m…
 
On this episode, we explore everything about this groundbreaking sci-fi slasher flick, from its original casting, effects, and soundtrack, to the way it shaped our thoughts on the very nature of time itself. So hop into our time displacement device and join us as we travel back to 1984, the year the battle for humanity's future was waged on the str…
 
In a time before Hollywood studios began snapping up anything and everything comic book-related, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles struggled to find their way to the big screen. But when it finally hit in theaters in 1990, TMNT surprised moviegoers with a take on the radical reptiles that stayed true to their indie comic roots, and appealed to kids …
 
We’re closing out our first season with a look back at one of our favorite highlights of holiday seasons past: the Sears Wish Book! No 80s Christmas was complete until we’d spent hours examining each and every one of this magical mail order tome’s hundreds of pages. Cozy up to the ol’ yule log and join us as we revisit the very books we compiled ou…
 
We're celebrating one of the greatest Saturday morning cartoons ever: Dungeons and Dragons! Grab a bowl of Kellogg's C-3PO's and join us as we discuss this classic, boundary-pushing fantasy series, as well the controversy surrounding the role playing game its based on. We'll also tell you which episodes are our favorites, and more importantly, what…
 
Tango and Cash, Cash and Tango...partner up with us as we discuss the explosive action superstar buddy cop team-up that closed out the 80s with a bang. A lot of bangs, actually. Not to mention gunboots, random drums, bizarre office interior design choices, and Jack Palance kissing a bunch of rats. When you're done listening, be sure to check out th…
 
On paper, a supernatural action/comedy starring Eddie Murphy should be our favorite movie ever. On film, it...isn't. Luckily for us, watching Eddie Murphy Eddie Murphy-ing his way through The Golden Child is still pretty damn funny. It's an 80s movie we didn't actually see in the 80s, and on this episode we're talking everything from its origins as…
 
Our first foray into the world of 80s Action Movies is a celebration of perhaps the perfect representation of the genre: Arnold Schwarzenegger's Commando. This one's got it all: combat, car chases, brutal kills, even MORE brutal one-liners, and an iconic 80s bad guy. Let off some steam and give it a listen! When you're done, be sure to check out th…
 
It’s the beloved 80s werewolf/coming-of-age romantic fantasy comedy, Boy From the Future! Better known as Teen Wolf here in the US, this 1985 box office hit was a favorite of ours growing up, but in 2020, it’s a beast to watch. Be sure to check out this episode's page on our site for a closer look at some of the stuff we discussed: mcquaidarcade.co…
 
Join us as we travel back to the cruel summer of 1984 and discuss everything that makes The Karate Kid such a quintessential 80s classic, and a story that still resonates with us today. We break down our favorite scenes, discuss original casting choices, explore the origin of the legendary Crane Technique and more - like the movie itself, this epis…
 
On this episode, we scratch the surface of the mountain of classic toys from our childhood, from the mainstream MASK toy line with its multimedia marketing push to weird one-offs like Suckerman and Krusher (with a K). Plus, the fantastical origin story of Mr. Do Anything. It'll knock your shoes off! Be sure to check out this episode's page on our s…
 
We're talking about the revolutionary Tim Burton blockbuster that went on to shape the superhero movies that dominate the box office more than three decades later. We fire up the Batcomputer and analyze it all: the iconic Prince soundtrack, the controversial casting of Michael Keaton - largely known at the time as a comedic actor - as the Dark Knig…
 
On this McQuaid Arcade special Feature Presentation, it's the 1984 classic supernatural comedy, Ghostbusters! We break down our favorite moments, the characters, the music, and the special effects. It'll be more fun than your collection of spores, molds, and fungus. Check out this episode's page on our site for a closer look at some of the stuff we…
 
Fright Night and The Lost Boys: two iconic - and very different - 80's takes on the vampire tale. On this special McQuaid Arcade Feature Presentation, it's all the damn vampires...well, maybe not ALL of them. But definitely the coolest ones. Check out this episode's page on our site for a closer look at some of the stuff we discussed: mcquaidarcade…
 
Gather 'round as we tell the tale — nay, the legend! — of a hot summer day in 1987, when a routine trip to Toys R Us for a new "Nintendo tape" started us on an adventure we're still talking about three decades later. This week, it's all about the Legend of Zelda! We relive some of our favorite moments with it, discuss some of our favorite (and not-…
 
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