Friday, January 21, 2011

TerrorVision (1986)

A rogue signal from space unleashes monsters and mayhem out of a kooky family's TV set in 1986's TERRORVISION! Charles Band and Empire Pictures deliver this zany Horror Comedy from another dimension, featuring make-up and special effects work by GHOULIES designer John Carl Buechler. Ted Nicolaou uses the film's silly premise to poke fun at 80's pop-culture, playfully ripping on everyone from Cyndi Lauper, E.T., and Elvira while paying homage to Science Fiction classics like the Japanese space epic THE MYSTERIANS and INVADERS FROM MARS. Despite all of the on-screen insanity, a deeper message can be found behind the action and gore that speaks against the destruction of the family unit as a result of television's gripping hold. Each of the characters ham it up as the plot takes one ridiculous turn after another. The giant googly-eyed monster for which the film is most fondly remembered liquidates its victims before slurping them up with its monstrous tongue. TERRORVISION's gooey deaths and off-the-wall humor make it a campy cult-classic that 80's fans are sure to enjoy!

Rating: 6/10.
Entertainment: 7/10.
Gore: 5/10.

If you liked TERRORVISION, check out:
INVADERS FROM MARS, ARENA, THE DEADLY SPAWN.

6 comments:

  1. ah Terrorvision, I love it. So silly, so hilarious, so fun!

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  2. I remember they used to play this to death on HBO in the 80's, but it was funny.

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  3. Does this one have multiple stories in it, as in a bunch of them a la anthology style? I saw something years ago called TERRORVISION (at least I thought it was) that was like this and never finished it. Empire Pictures put out some choice crap, though. ELIMINATORS was another "good" one. I finally caught up with their ZONE TROOPERS a few months ago on cable and damn was that awful! A remastering job was wasted on that one.

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  4. It would seem like it was an anthology at the start, but really it is just one inconsistent storyline that would have been better suited AS an anthology. Its cheesy good fun, but a super odd film!

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  5. Friggin' great B-Movie! Cheesy and dumb NOT lame and boring. This movie is a good entertainment value and doesn't disappoint. And what I find impressive about Terrorvision is that it didn't need a lot of gratuitous sex and violence to be a good bad movie. It almost is more like an 80's comedy than a horror movie. I really don't understand the "anthology" references a few other reviews mention. Perhaps films with titles like Terrorvision are best enjoyed WITHOUT a critical eye. Suspend judgement and ex-spend some time on the couch.
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