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TerrorVision (1986)

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

Director:

Ted Nicolaou

Writer:

Ted Nicolaou
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Cast

Cast overview:
Diane Franklin ... Suzy
Gerrit Graham ... Stan
Mary Woronov ... Raquel
Chad Allen ... Sherman
Jon Gries ... O.D. (as Jonathan Gries)
Bert Remsen ... Grampa
Alejandro Rey ... Spiro
Randi Brooks ... Cherry
Jennifer Richards ... Medusa
Sonny Carl Davis ... Norton
Ian Patrick Williams ... Nutky
William Paulson William Paulson ... Pluthar
John Leamer John Leamer ... Chauffeur
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Storyline

Stan installs satellite TV for his family, but, soon, he picks up a signal from another planet and his television system becomes the gateway between the 2. A creature comes to his apartment and only their son Sherman sees it, but his parents don't believe the boy. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Do-It-Yourself 100 picks up things from EVERYWHERE! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

TerrorVision See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$320,256, 17 February 1986

Gross USA:

$320,256

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$320,256
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

When Pluthar is talking to Suzy and Sherman, his skin is glossy and reflective of light. Upon learning that the "beast has ingested earthlings," cutting back from Suzy and Sherman, his skin appears dull and muted. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Raquel Putterman: [Raquel watches her exercise program while Stanley works on the satellite dish] Stanley! Stanley! Quit screwing around... Stanley! Stanley, I'm right in the middle of my program. For Christ's sakes, Stanley!
Stanley Putterman: Lay off me, Beautiful. I almost got this baby wired.
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Connections

Features The Giant Claw (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Stan's Theme Song
Sung by Hal Negro
Produced by Ron Goudie
© 1986 Smell Brain / Amgine
Administered by Bug Music
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Wacky from minute one
9 April 2014 | by basil1984See all my reviews

We're introduced to a family brimming with all the worst trappings of the 1980's; the clichés have been elevated to the absurd and it's to the director, Ted Nicolaou's, credit that, in 1986, he was able to poke so much fun at the decade without the benefit of hindsight. The result is an off-the-wall comedy that feels like a 1950's monster movie, staring 'Leave it to Beaver', as filtered through 'Adult Swim'.

The daughter, Suzy, played by Diane Frankin ('Better Off Dead' / 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure'), has the hair and make-up of an animated Cindy Lauper and an over-the-top valley-girl gab. A very young Chad Allen (you'll recognize him from nearly every family TV show of the late 80's and early 90's), is the war-game-obsessed son. The mother, played by the always fantastic Mary Woronov (Roger Corman's poster girl and star of 'Eating Raoul'), is a distant, self-involved socialite more interested in her exercise videos than her kids. Gerrit Graham ('Phantom of the Paradise' / 'Demon Seed'), hams it up as the swinging (literally) father always on the lookout for the next big thing. Rounding out the family is Grampa, the paranoid vet with a bomb shelter in the basement (Bert Remsen – 'Nashville' / 'Places in the Heart') and Suzy's boyfriend, 'O.D.', the tweaked metal-head dropout played buy 1980's staple, Jon Gries ('Real Genius' / 'Running Scared'). Together, this group inhabits a home that looks like a cross between a sex spa and a Patrick Nagel exhibition on ecstasy.

Wacky from minute one (the theme song being one of the film's high points), the family has just hooked up their new satellite dish while, simultaneously, far across the cosmos, a creature that can only be described as a booger with eyes, is being transported in exile by a humanoid-lizard alien that we don't learn much more about until the film's climax. The monster is mistakenly transmitted to the family's satellite dish and has the ability to escape at will from their TV sets. Nonsense ensues as the monster is able, by transforming its tongue, to impersonate the face and voice of anyone it kills.

The film never really crosses into any straight genre and manages to hover, quite proudly, over 'wonderfully weird'. If all of Hollywood had ostracized, instead of embraced, Tim Burton, this is the kind of live-action cartoon he'd be making.


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