“People of Earth, your planet is about to be destroyed… We’re terribly sorry for the inconvenience”
RUN TIME: 83 Min.
DIRECTOR: Ted Nicolaou
CAST: Diane Franklin, Gerrit Gragam, Mary Warnov, Chad Allen, Jon Gries, Bert Remsen, Alejandra Rey, Randi Brookes, Jennifer Richards, Sonny Carl Davies
SYNOPSIS: When Stanley Putterman installs a brand new, state-of-the-art satellite dish in his backyard, his family ends up getting a lot more than just ESPN. Unfortunately for Stanley, his satellite is a perfect receptor for a load of extraterrestrial garbage that just happened to be converted into energy and zapped into his backyard: a hideous, two-ton alien blob with eyes and a never-ending appetite
Sherman’s parents and sister both go out for a night on the town, leaving him and gramps to watch some late-night creature feature hosted by the serpentine-haired Medusa. Both nod off and awaken to the “hungry beast” in their living room, narrowly escaping to the fallout shelter in the basement where they arm themselves to the teeth. Gramps is no match for the hungry beast and is absorbed by the creature, leaving behind a slimy cesspool. Soon after Sherm’s parents and a swinging couple they’ve picked-up arrive back at the house, followed by his sister and her rocker boyfriend. No one believes him, despite the pile of slime on the floor, in the movies no one ever believes their kids. When the creature kills it can emulate the deceased, creating decoys and mimicking their voices, thereby conveniently fooling the unaware into believing the victims are alive, but Sherm knows better.
|Hungry Beast - Intergalactic pet post-mutation.
|Pluthar the Intergalactic Trashman prior to implosion.
Hats off to the L.A. band THE FIBONACCI’S who provide several songs for the soundtrack, including the awesome new-wave 80’s theme song, it’s pretty great. The creature effects are low budget but effective for the film, the Hungry Beast and special effects were created by John Carl Buechler who's done special effects work on films such as FROM BEYOND (1986), DOLLS (1987), BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR (1990) and HATCHET (2006). He also directed FRIDAY THE 13th PART VIII: The New Blood (1988) and GHOULIES III: GHOULIES GO TO COLLEGE (1991).
DVD: No DVD release of TERRORVISION is available to my knowledge. Yet another lost 80’s classic not yet released on DVD. There's always VHS, right?
VERDICT: By no means is TERRORVISION a great film, it however incredibly fun and pure 80’s cheesiness in the best possible way. Mary Warnov and Gerrit Graham are great as the parents, and the cheesey 80’s special effects work is very nostalgic for me. Great stuff. A high recommend from me. RATING *** (3 out of 5 stars)