Monday, August 10, 2009


By: Rick Romonawski

Director: Ted Nicolaou
Writer: Ted Nicolaou (written by)

TerrorVision was not your typical horror movie,despite what I had originally thought. It’s more of a campy b-movie flick that had subtle horror undertones. The story is about an alien that, presumably by accident, teleports to Earth via TV satellite dish. It appears on the TV set numerous times and then, eventually, materializes into reality and starts wrecking comedic havoc.

The Puttermans are your typical suburban family with a few disturbing things about them. They seem to be a little too content with themselves, they dress in a "Barbie doll house" manner and they seem to pay little attention to their son and more about business. They demonstrate and portray your stereotypical 1980s yuppie rather than an average suburban family. The grandfather, who is a war vet seems very schizophrenic and delusional at points and lets his grandson play with live ammunition and firearms and the parents seem to not care. In fact, they lock their son in with him even after the alien kills granddaddy and mimics his naked body.

TerrorVision is a funny, hilarious horror cult film that has plenty of humor to liven up the mood. There are a lot of one-liners, cheesy special effects and the film can be stupid at times but it was still an OKAY movie although I would not see it again. There are points were the characters overact and some points where you’re wondering, "What the hell is going on?" or "Did they really let him do that?"

If you are in the mood for the definition of campy-movie, then this movie is perfect for you! TerrorVision does include a very clever and original satire on the 80’s suburban couple. In fact, I could go as far to say that his family is your textbook example of a very dysfunctional family, and I'm including the alien in this too. But for horror fanatics, I would not recommend this for you because it would disappoint you. For anybody that loves cult movies, b-movies or even obscure movies then this would be right up your alley.

I guess you have to be a very twisted individual to enjoy this kind of movie.


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