Horror Review: TerrorVision (1986)

A family’s new satellite TV system starts receiving signals from another planet, and soon it becomes the passageway to an alien world.

There are some films out there that need to be seen to be believed.

I remember first hearing about this film in a VHS rental shop, a guy had picked it up near me and said to his friend that “This was one of the worst films I’ve seen!”

That sentence alone meant that I REALLY needed to see this film and immediately rented it and ran home to see this ‘awful’ film, I’ve never been the same since.

This flick truly warped my brain and helped kickstart my love for low budget releases that in any other genre wouldn’t get past just being words on paper, gotta love b-movies for that.

Unfortunately this film has never got a DVD release but if you really need to watch it, it can be found on sites like YouTube which I recommend you do, it’s not for everyone but definitely has to be seen to be believed that a film like this exists.

“TerrorVision” is a perfect example of 80’s b-movies and the awesomeness of practical effects in that era.
If you want to see the “TerrorVision” trailer then just click on the video below:
Miscellaneous facts about the film:
In the prologue, a model off the U.S.S. Enterprise can be seen upside down, missing its engines, painted to look like a building on planet Pluto.
The brief MTV clip shown is of a W.A.S.P. song called Tormentor, and the character O.D. Riley wears a WASP t-shirt.
British rock band Terrorvision took their name from this film.
The poster for this movie was designed before the script was written.
Director Ted Nicolaou and production designer Giovanni Natalucci scouted swingers’ pads in Los Angeles in order to get ideas for the Putterman household.
When Suzy introduces the monster to music, her arm is resting on top of Sanyo’s first CD player model, the DAD-8. It was made between 1983-84 and is sought out by collectors for its rarity and quality sound.
The initial appearance of Bert Remsen’s(Grandpa) character is based on “General Hersheybar”, the well-known 1960’s Los Angeles anti-war street performer.
Ted Nicolaou originally wanted to cast Mary Woronov as Medusa. Moreover, Harry Shearer was considered to play Stan while Belinda Carlisle was initially in the running to portray Suzy.
Jon Gries wore a wig for his audition as O.D.
Theatrical film debut of Chad Allen.
Lux Interior and Frank Zappa were both considered to compose the score.

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