TerrorVision (1986)

Posted: April 29, 2013 in Movie Review
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Directed By: Ted Nicolaou

Starring: Chad Allen, Diane Franklin, Mary Woronov, Gerrit Graham, Bert Ramsen, Jon Gries, Randi Brooks, Alejandro Rey, Jennifer Richards

Subgenre: Horror – Comedy, Science Fiction

Synopsis: A family’s new satellite dish receives more than they bargained for when a voracious alien beams in and starts to eat everyone in sight.

Thoughts: Before going on to form Full Moon, Charles Band was behind more horror movies than you can imagine.  Some are icons of the genre and some just need to be seen to be believed.  TerrorVision is one of those movies.  It’s not a good movie, far from it actually, but there is something about it that just pulls you in and won’t let you go. It could very well be that the theme song is laced with subliminal messages, because once you hear this theme song, it will never get out of your head.  It’s like Halloween III, except worse!

The acting, if you want to call it that, is all over the top.  It was designed to be that way.  The swinging parents, crazy grandfather and totally 80s sister are all caricatures of real people.  The closest we come to a genre staple in the movie is Gerrit Graham, the swinging father, who appeared in a handful of other horror offerings (Demon Seed, Child’s Play 2, The Wasp Woman), but that’s not much of a surprise as this really isn’t a horror movie.  It’s much more a comedy with some science fiction thrown in for good measure.

Director Ted Nicolaou has directed quite a few of Band’s movies, but TerrorVision was one of his earliest.  He didn’t do a bad job with the obviously limited budget, and that earned him the right to direct such classics as Subspecies and Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys.  If you are a fan of Full Moon Pictures, it’s a safe bet you’ve seen a couple of his movies.

TerrorVision is one of the many excellent Scream Factory releases to come out recently.  It is part of a double feature with The Video Dead, and even though the two don’t have much in common, it made for a pretty interesting double feature.  TerrorVision isn’t for everyone, but it is one crazy movie.  If you’re fond of Full Moon’s crazier movies, check this one out, but don’t say I didn’t warn you about the theme song.

  1. The movies are definitely an acquired taste (personally, I love ’em), but the care that went into this release is undeniable. This isn’t your typical double-feature where they simply throw two movies together. The featurette on TerrorVision is outstanding. They even got most of the cast to contribute, including Diane Franklin, Jon Gries, Mary Woronov, and Chad Allen. With Video Dead, it would have been neat to have on-camera interviews with Roxanna Augesen and Rocky Duvall. I don’t listen to commentaries, but the two are on the commentary track (actually, there are two separate commentary tracks!). So the fact that Scream Factory even went to the trouble of tracking them down is commendable. For the price, this blu-ray is a steal. Both films received the royal treatment, and fans of either film should rejoice.

  2. I remember watching TerrorVision years ago on the Sci-Fi channel. Back then, I didn’t give two craps about the flick, but it has been stuck in my mind ever since. That theme song, how can any human being forget it? Of course, I wouldn’t call the movie “good”, but it entertains on some basic, primal level. It’s one of those “so-bad-it’s-good” movies just like Commando and Tammy and the T-Rex. The gore flowed pretty good, considering it was an edited version. If I could rent TerrorVision or see it again, I’d definitely watch it. The only thing this B-movie is missing is a nude scene with Medusa and Cherry. Now that is something I’d love to see.

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