Best Blu-ray Deals
Best Blu-ray Deals, See All the Deals »
Top deals |
A family's new satellite TV system starts receiving signals from another planet, and soon it becomes the passageway to an alien world.
For more about TerrorVision and the TerrorVision Blu-ray release, see TerrorVision Blu-ray Review published by Martin Liebman on February 12, 2013 where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.
Starring: Chad Allen, Diane Franklin, Mary Woronov, Gerrit Graham, Bert Remsen, Jon Gries
Director: Ted Nicolaou
» See full cast & crew
TerrorVision Blu-ray Review
The Blob Tube.
Reviewed by Martin Liebman, February 12, 2013
NOTE: 'TerrorVision' is currently only available as part of a bundle from Shout! Factory.
It's gonna be dynamite!
Rare are the movies that are both wonderful and repulsive, great for what they are in a focused sense but awful in the broader context. TerrorVision is a bottom-feeding B-grade Horror/Comedy hybrid flick that's easy enough to enjoy but at the same time a truly godawful movie in nearly every way, except for where it counts on B-grade moviemaking: sheer entertainment value. TerrorVision knows its boundaries and its audience. It never takes itself seriously -- this thing is openly cheesy, so cheesy it's like a stuffed-crust pizza with extra, extra, extra, extra cheese and with sides of cheesy bites and fried mozzarella sticks for good measure -- and has a lot of fun at being really bad. But for all the movie does right within that tight little confine where it finds success, it also does plenty wrong everywhere else. It's a real drag of a picture, one that's much, much longer than necessary. It's also terribly acted and sourced from what seems like a hastily penned script of a good idea never fleshed out beyond the basics. Still, TerrorVision delivers B-cinema Horror goodness, encapsulating the low-rent Horror genre, really, and making for a nearly lovable little flick that seems to achieve what it wants, warts and all.
The Putterman family is about to enjoy a brand new world of televised entertainment options, but only if father Stanley (Gerrit Graham) can get the do-it-yourself dish to work right. Satellite salesman Norton (Sonny Carl Davis) refuses to help; this particular model forbids dealers from performing any work on the install. In a move of pure frustration, Stanley gives it a few good whacks with a wrench; just then, a mysterious energy beam shoots down from the heavens and right into the dish. Suddenly, it works. After getting a good look at what's on the new and improved boob tube -- they see a samurai movie, "troop movements" in an old war film, MTV, and a little X-rated fun -- the set goes haywire, but seems to settle back in on a Horror marathon. Stanley and wife Raquel (Mary Woronov) head on out to a swinger's club while daughter Suzie (Diane Franklin) and rocker boyfriend O.D. (Jon Gries) go do their thing. That leaves the family's ex-military, survivalist patriarch (Bert Remsen) and his little commando grandson Sherman (Chad Allen) behind to watch a Horror marathon hosted by "Medusa" (Jennifer Richards). Little do they know that they'll soon come face-to-face with a terror from another world.
The movie is actually significantly more straightforward than it sounds, at least until it takes a turn for the truly bizarre in the final act. Mixing together the weird family (swinging parents, warmongering grandson that takes after his survivalist grandpa who lives in a bunker, rocker chick dating rocker dude) with an ooey-gooey monster from another world seems a recipe for B-level fun, and it is. Add in the big-breasted bimbo from the late night cable Horror marathon and a couple of extra victims for the creature to kill and the stage is set for one of the most ridiculous but also more strangely endearing Horror-Comedies of the 1980s. It's difficult to "judge" a movie such as this; little about it is particularly good, but much of the charm comes from the bottom-budget feel, including the phony soundstage house, the gross overacting, and the horrendous script. Indeed, TerrorVision might not have worked so well were it played in a more straightforward manner. The premise is ridiculous to begin with -- then again that's Horror movies -- but the very obvious tongue-in-cheek flow actually allows the audience to lower its guard and accept the film's massive flaws as part of the appeal rather than see them as a fatal flaw to the experience. TerrorVision knows exactly what it is, and it's hard to argue against a movie that achieves what it sets out to accomplish.
The ridiculous creature design suits the movie's offbeat stylings quite well. Truth be told, TerrorVision's alien bad guy looks like something removed from a blender -- it's nothing but a random collection of slime, gore, and eyeballs tossed together in a seemingly random pattern -- and the absence of a real cohesion makes it the perfect villain for a movie that's all about low-rent pieces that feel scattered and with little attention paid to authenticity. The picture earns its heartiest laughs in a scene in which all of its victims -- now fused to the creature -- share a bed together in an effort to "fool" the Putterman children into believing some of the characters are still alive. It's the film's best gag but one that's not used to its fullest extent, probably because of budget constraints and low-end movie magic logistical limitations. The movie does get a lot of mileage out of what little it has, though; it all comes back to that sense of perfect B-grade harmony at work, that notion that it's the little things done well, the charmers behind the clutter, are enough to mask the really, really lousy pieces that would be deal breakers in most any other movie. TerrorVision's pursuit of oddball humor and low-rent charm should please open-minded audiences looking for something rather unique in a world of mindless Horror cinema.
TerrorVision Blu-ray, Video Quality
TerrorVision has never looked better on home video, but then again there's not an awful lot with which to compare it. Shout! Factory's high definition presentation isn't exactly the poster child for stunning Blu-ray catalogue material, but viewers will find a watchable and stable image. It's severely flat and rather pasty. There's no life or texture to the film, and even a light bit of grain can't seem to help improve on it. Flesh tones -- and the color palette in general -- are quite warm. Those colors are rather bland, too; there's almost no pop, brilliance, or vibrancy to any shade in the film, even the daughter's multicolored makeup, the nude art on the walls, or the flags and other assorted items in Grampa's bunker. The image does offer adequate details; the monster looks quite good, and the Blu-ray brings out many of the nasty, slimy intricacies to be seen on its body. Small details like wear on grampa's guns, the definition of little objects around the house, or the massive remote control look good enough. This is certainly not a reference quality video presentation, but at the very least it's a workable image that should please fans who have not seen the movie through other than very low grade tapes.
TerrorVision Blu-ray, Audio Quality
TerrorVision features a decent DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack. Music delivery is generally robust and with a positive low end -- including a rather nice thumping in the "pleasure room" as heard in chapter five -- but it's also mostly front heavy with negligible surround support. Still, the presentation is satisfying, particularly the film's theme song that plays over the opening titles. Various sound effects are delivered adequately, whether beams of energy, monster growls, or gunfire. Dialogue remains front-center focused and clear; there is some slight echoing in the "outdoor" soundstage scenes. Overall, this is a rather basic track, not particularly memorable but certainly adequate for the film's needs.
TerrorVision Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
TerrorVision contains a short, but rather sweet, assortment of extras.
TerrorVision Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
TerrorVision is sort of like the ridiculous precursor to the equally absurd Stay Tuned, the 1992 John Ritter Comedy that sees a couch potato and his family sucked into the world of television. TerrorVision is the opposite, a family forced to battle an incoming beastie from beyond that has taken up residence inside the television. TerrorVision gets by as a modest success strictly within the confines of its own little element, a film that's to be applauded for sticking to its guns and doing what it can with a good premise and a limited budget. It blends Horror and Comedy together quite well, resulting in a gloriously over-the-top escapist picture that's certainly very slow at times and very poorly acted, but just charming enough to cover up its major flaws. It's a movie that knows its place and its audience and strives only to deliver simple entertainment directed at a very specific crowd. Shout! Factor's Blu-ray release of TerrorVision features passable video and audio. A few supplements are included. Recommended to genre fans.
Blu-ray bundles with TerrorVision (1 bundle)
Use the thumbs up and thumbs down icons to agree or disagree that the title is similar to TerrorVision. You can also suggest completely new similar titles to TerrorVision in the search box below.
Similar titles suggested by members
TerrorVision Blu-ray, News and Updates
No related news posts for TerrorVision Blu-ray yet.
TerrorVision Blu-ray, Forum Discussions
TerrorVision Blu-ray Screenshots
Back to TerrorVision Blu-ray »
Trending Blu-ray Movies
Trending in Theaters
This web site is not affiliated with the Blu-ray Disc Association.
All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.
© 2002-2014 Blu-ray.com. All rights reserved.