Explorers (1985) Poster



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Remade as 

This is a remake of the film.

Edited into 

The Phoenix Portal (2005) (Video)


Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
Wak imitates Tarzan's yell.
Citizen Kane (1941)
The famous sled is shown in a junkyard.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Wak imitates Humphrey Bogart and says, "The stuff that dreams are made of."
Casablanca (1942)
Neek imitates Ingrid Bergman and says, "We'll always have Paris."
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) (TV Series)
Wak imitates Ed Sullivan.
What's Up Doc? (1950) (Short)
Wak says, "What's up, Doc?"
You Bet Your Life (1950) (TV Series)
Wak imitates Groucho Marx.
I Love Lucy (1951) (TV Series)
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
A poster for the film is in Ben's bedroom.
Lassie (1954) (TV Series)
Wak tells Ben that he watched four episodes before he realised why "the little hairy kid" never spoke.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Ben refers to the brain booster machine.
The Price Is Right (1956) (TV Series)
Not of This Earth (1957)
The events take place around "Davanna County", as seen first when the police helicopter lands. The movie Not of This Earth (1957) features a planet named Davana.
Thunder Road (1958)
When the boys are looking to find a name for their ship, Darren suggests Thunder Road. The Title of a 1958 film with Robert Mitchum
Mister Ed (1958) (TV Series)
Wak sings the theme tune.
The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) (TV Series)
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
Re-uses "Rolls Canardly" joke from director Joe Dante's earlier film
Fantasy Island (1977) (TV Series)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
At 29:49, Ben Crandall pretends to be Darth Vader by putting on a gasmask and swinging his flashlight like a lightsaber
Poltergeist (1982)
When they first see the spaceship, Wolfgang says. "They're he-ere!"
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
A newspaper headline says that Homewood teacher Helen Foley is still missing.
Gremlins (1984)
A newspaper headline is "Kingston Falls 'Riot' Still Unexplained."

Referenced in 

Men in Black (1997)
Paul (2011)
Paul says, "for 60 years we've been dream feeding you images of my face and putting them on lunch boxes so when we do meet, you wouldn't have a spas attack". The aliens in Explorers feed dream images to the three boys.
Nostalgia Critic: Small Soldiers (2014) (TV Episode)
also directed by Joe Dante
There Goes the Neighborhood: The Making of 'The 'Burbs' (2014) (Video)
mentioned once/poster shown
South Park: Member Berries (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by the Member berries
24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters (2016)
Screen-print poster shown
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Ethan Hawke/Phil Collins (2016) (TV Episode)
Jimmy mentions Ethan Hawke's first movie
Nostalgia Critic: Fant4stic (2017) (TV Episode)
"I mean remake of Explorers...I mean teleporter."


The Thing from Another World (1951)
A clip from the film is shown.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
A clip from the film is shown.
I Love Lucy (1951) (TV Series)
A clip from the series is shown.
The War of the Worlds (1953)
Ben watches the film.
This Island Earth (1955)
Ben watches the film.
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
A clip from the film is shown.
20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
A clip from the film is shown.
It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)
A clip from the film is shown.
The Crawling Eye (1958)
A clip from the film is shown.
Frank Film (1973) (Short)
A clip from the film is shown.

Featured in 

Transformers (2007)
A portion of the sound clip montage that Bumblebee plays to Sam matches a portion of the sound clip montage that Wak plays to Ben, Wolfgang and Darren; courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Underrated Nostalgia Classics (2008) (TV Episode)
Featured as the Number 7 spot
Edición Especial Coleccionista: Exploradores (2010) (TV Episode)
frames shown

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