Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
With Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, we finally depart the ’80s…but not by much. This is actually the last pick I added to this list, simply because it’s been a dog’s age since I’ve seen the damn thing, so long in fact that I’d forgotten the crucial element that earns it a place in this article: the evil robot Bill & Ted! Yes, Bogus Journey has an unhappy resident of the Bill & Ted-inspired future utopia traveling back in time to prevent Bill & Ted from winning the San Dimas Battle of the Bands, thus changing the course of history. (And presumably also rewriting the nature and guiding motivations of the villain himself, but that’s time travel logic for you.) Bill & Ted’s evil robot duplicates murder our most excellent heroes and set out trying to ruin their legacy in a most heinous way. Thankfully the lads are able to escape the afterlife by defeating Death (at Battleship, Twister, Clue, etc.), enlist a genius engineer named Station from Heaven, and save the day using, among other things, a matching set of Good Robot Duplicates. (Plus 16 months of intensive guitar training.)
Fun Robot Fact
The place where Evil Robot Bill & Ted take Bill & Ted to kill them is the iconic Vasquez Rocks, the same place where Kirk fought the Gorn in the classic Star Trek episode “Arena.”
Where Can I See It?
You can grab a digital rental or purchase from iTunes.