10 1980s movie characters with hairstyles we’re still not done with
The 80s were a special time, full of optimism, excitement … and outrageous hairstyles. Aqua Net and hair metal were the main cultural motivators of the time, and it ended up spilling over into Hollywood movies, where the characters sported exaggerated hairstyles. While many of these hairstyles were signatures of the decade, others were only specific to specific movies.
With so many franchises from the ’80s rebooted into the modern era, including the two ghost hunters and Dune, the filmmakers also include more contemporary fashion choices and hairstyles, leaving their original counterparts in the past. Although they represent a new take on the existing characters, some nostalgic fans still enjoy the 1980s originals.
ten Jareth (Labyrinth)
David Bowie was no stranger to unique hairstyles and outfits when he starred in Labyrinth, but this one is certainly one of the craziest of the 1980s. The teased hair and bangs that frame the face were a more amplified signature of the styles of the era, widely featured in the glam rock videos Bowie helped make. to throw.
The hairstyle goes well with Jareth’s eccentric wardrobe, giving it a wicked side that makes Bowie stand out in the role. It also lends itself well to the playful side of Jareth, highlighted during his several numbers inspired by pop music.
9 Martin Riggs (Lethal Weapon)
Big hair and a mullet was Martin Riggs’ signature hairstyle in Deadly weapon, and it was a stark contrast to the kind of shortcuts actor Mel Gibson sported in the ’80s, starting with The road warrior. Many movie characters sported hairstyles similar to Riggs’s, until it became more fashionable to adopt a neat cut.
It matched Riggs’ personality as a carefree guy, and the character would sport variations of that style until Lethal weapon 4, when he finally adopted a shorter, less fierce cut.
8 May 1 (A View To A Kill)
Grace Jones is remembered as an unusual actress, performer and model of the 1980s, and it had a lot to do with her outgoing personality and high fashion hairstyles. She showed off her asymmetrical flattop in the 007 movie A sight to kill, facing Roger Moore, giving him a strong, aggressive look that fitted well into his confrontational character.
The hairstyle was somewhat imitated in Conan the Destroyer, and has been an integral part of her look for decades. Jones retained the style for years, modifying it only slightly in the following years.
7 Mr. Kidd (diamonds are forever)
Mr. Kidd adopts this infamous hairstyle in the movie Sean Connery 007 Diamonds are forever, where he plays an assassin who, along with his partner Mr. Wint, attempts to take Bond out on a cruise liner in the final act.
The gold curl mane turns bald on the top of the head, leaving only a fuzzy patch of remaining hair, and flanked by a mini-handlebar mustache. Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint are two of the strangest behaving assassins in 007 history, and this hairstyle certainly adds to the unorthodox nature of the former.
6 Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen (Dune)
Sting portrayed Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen in the original 1985 film version Dune, and he remains one of the craziest of the decade. Essentially, this is an extremely sloppy variation of a spiked hairstyle with a wavy bounce, designed to make Feyd-Rautha stand out in a scene.
Nowadays, variations of this hairstyle still exist in some corners of pop culture, but not to this extreme. This was largely an interpretation of the popularity of mid-80s punk rock, which in itself was a reproach to the genre of chunky hairstyles teased from glam rock bands like Poison and Twisted Sister.
5 Vicki Vale (Batman)
This particular hairstyle is memorable for an entirely different reason, not least because of how it made Vicki Vale such an influential character in Gotham City. His insanely long mane underwent several minor transformations throughout the 1989 Batman film, each time playing its fashion sense in the late 80s.
Most notable of the group is the style she has when meeting the Joker at the art museum, which is sleek enough to capture her attention when he finally sits down and tries to woo the character. As a high fashion-influenced photojournalist of the time, Vale’s hairstyle is an elegant contrast to the types of brutal photos she took in various war-torn hotspots across the world.
4 Taryn White (A Nightmare on Elm Street, part 3)
Distraught teenager Taryn White confronts Freddy Krueger in the dream world in this Nightmare installment, after having created a powerful character, based on his inner confidence. It also includes a very aggressive hairstyle designed to showcase her tough girlish attitude.
Clad in leather with two catches at her side, Taryn comes out with an impossibly tall mohawk that’s taller in the back than in the front. It’s a memorable hairstyle that evokes a lot of power, but unfortunately Taryn would fall victim to her own fears and die at the hands of Krueger.
3 David Powers (The Lost Boys)
Lost boys Vampire David Powers epitomizes the rebellion of 1980s youth culture with an almost platinum blonde style so radical that it gets stuck in time in the decade. Few, if any, characters have adopted it in recent films; even those that take place in the 1980s.
The spiked mane itself is quite stylish, even by today’s standards, but it is undone by a mullet in the back, which makes up for the overall look. It doesn’t do much to reduce Powers’ menacing presence or personal style, but the mule doesn’t play in the character’s favor.
2 Medusa (Clash Of The Titans)
There have been many film versions of Medusa over the years, but the 1980s portrayal in Clash of the Titans remains the most iconic, visceral and scary. When Perseus and his men arrive at Medusa’s lair, they are attacked by the horrific Titan, who begins to kill them one by one.
Stop motion animation is a signature theme in the film, and somehow it gives Medusa’s live-action snake hairstyle that extra spooky touch. This, combined with the use of dark shadows, dim lighting, and spooky sound effects, made her a terrifying monster.
1 Clubber Lang (Rocky III)
Clubber Lang’s hairstyle was the signature look of the badass actor Mr. T, and he never really took it off. The perfectly sculpted mohawk, thick beard, and tall sideburns made him look quite intimidating, making him one of the most memorable villains in the world. Rocky franchise.
In Rocky IIILang uses this hairstyle as a way to show off his hyper-aggressive badass personality. For the public, it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Mr. T even remotely able to pull off this kind of hairstyle, which is why he kept it on for so long.
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