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Tagsdvd, early elementary, spy, thriller, tween, video games
The 80’s were full of underrated classic films like the Explorers, Monster Squad and Little Monsters. The absence of CGI really placed an emphasis on the storytelling aspects. While special effects were prominent in many of these classic gems, producers weren’t concerned with having the biggest explosions.
This leads me to one of my favorite kid flicks, Cloak and Dagger. A precursor to the modern day Spy Kids’ series. The movie is half spy-techie thriller and video game nerd fest. The story centers around 11-year old Davey who happens upon a espionage plot involving top secret plans hidden in an Atari video game cartridge. Joining Davey is his imaginary “super-spy” friend, Flak. I don’t want to give the movie away, but if your kid is into gadgets, video games, and secret spy missions then they’ll love this movie. Think Mission Impossible for kids.
Pro-tip: The video below is one of the creepiest scenes from the film. It scared the hell out of me when I was a kid. The old couple in the scene reinforce the stereotype about “never talking to strangers”. I must warn you that the video contains a mild *Spoiler*, but if you are on the fence about buying this movie then you should go ahead and watch it.