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Friday, March 15, 2013

SCREAM FACTORY APPRECIATION MONTH: Part 2 of the Double Feature - TERRORVISION (1986)




Straight from Planet Pluton... it's TERRORVISION!!! Both The Video Dead and Terrorvision handle horror themes from the only perspective that the MTV generation could imagine... Horror Rises from The TELEVISION! What's more is that the horror actually comes straight out of the television in both features. Both are funny and both contain completely ridiculous special effects. Acting that's so bad that it's funny. Of course Terrorvision has a poster that may even exceed The Video Dead in iconic worth. It's score is astoundingly 80's new wave. At times this movie reminds me of House. It also has the same feeling that Stay Tuned would capture six years later with John Ritter in front of the lens. Now I didn't watch Terrorvision in the 80's or even as a kid. I first saw it just last year on Netflix Instant (hardly the format of choice for the Mylar lovers out there). I wasn't overly taken with it though I understood completely why folks could easily have been hypnotized into its pure dayglo charm. Of course when you start to add in subplots about swingers, teenage hormones and heavy metal I'll always give said movie a second shot. I have a heart after all. 

Terrorvision is a moral tale about the dangers of cable or satellite television. Aliens will infest your home. You will have to figure out how to communicate with them before they eat your fucking face and die from it. Did you just open a gateway to a new world when you half assed your dish set up? Only DirectTV knows for sure. 


Terrorvision felt very juvenile to me. Not that I am above a good dick and fart joke fest, but it suffers from some of the same issues that Troma suffers from. Overly focused on the T&A and gross out without enough substance to carry a movie without a pile of non sequiter site gags. I suppose there's absolutely nothing wrong with it. Maybe you might describe it as a cross between The Munchies, Stay Tuned and Invaders from Mars. It's really none of those movies and all of them. Perhaps the reason I wasn't able to connect well with Terrorvision had to do with the hodge podge, kitchen sink style of writing that often feels like the writers are covering up something. A bad movie. In this case, so bad, so over the top that it's funny and good, but if you didn't catch this one when you were younger maybe you won't connect with it as solidly (as I did not). The big dumb dog monster is somewhere between a large canine, the eyeball creatures from Tobe Hooper's remake of Invaders from Mars and a creature from The Deadly Spawn. Funny? Yes. Camp classic homage to 1950's cinema with hints of the modern age? You bet. 


The making of feature on the Scream Factory disc is perhaps more interesting than the movie itself with solid interviews and funny anecdotes that actually increased my enjoyment of the movie. An Italian film crew? you bet. Filmed at the same place as Troll? Could be. It's a purty transfer (much nicer than it's counter part sharing the disc in The Video Dead). This TV TERROR double feature release on Blu works. Not every double feature has to films of similar subject matter that compliment each other quite this well. 



You can pick it up at DiabolkDVD HERE (supporting the little guy is important). Also make sure to "like" Scream Factory over on FaceBook and follow their releases. You can also stop by their website HERE to peruse more titles and get acquainted with their product line and upcoming releases of which there are many. Save your pennies. Start a swear jar. Start a masturbation jar.



Break out your WASP CD's or at least your Fibonaccis albums. Turn on the terrorvision. Come watch some heads explode or get eaten or both.

-Dr. TERROR

Note: I'm also a big fan of the song Terrorvision by the Genitorturers. Check it out here:



Eat your heart out MTV.


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