TerrorVision (1986)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  14 February 1986 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 3,691 users  
Reviews: 56 user | 45 critic

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



0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Stuff (1985)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A delicious, mysterious goo that oozes from the earth is marketed as the newest dessert sensation. But the tasty treat rots more than teeth when zombie-like snackers who only want to consume more of the strange substance at any cost begin infesting the world.

Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: Michael Moriarty, Andrea Marcovicci, Garrett Morris
The Video Dead (Video 1987)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A family takes delivery of a new TV set, unaware that it is the gateway by which killer zombies enter the world.

Director: Robert Scott
Stars: Michael St. Michaels, Thaddeus Golas, Douglass Bell
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Alien creatures invade a small town and a group of four teenagers, plus one little boy, try to escape from them.

Director: Douglas McKeown
Stars: Charles George Hildebrandt, Tom DeFranco, Richard Lee Porter
Chopping Mall (1986)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Eight teenagers are trapped after hours in a high tech shopping mall and pursued by three murderous security robots out of control.

Director: Jim Wynorski
Stars: Kelli Maroney, Tony O'Dell, Russell Todd
Brain Damage (1988)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

One morning a young man wakes to find a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but in return demands human victims.

Director: Frank Henenlotter
Stars: Rick Hearst, Gordon MacDonald, Jennifer Lowry
Street Trash (1987)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a liquor store owner finds a case of "Viper" in his cellar, he decides to sell it to the local hobos at one dollar a bottle, unaware of its true properties. The drinks causes its ... See full summary »

Director: James M. Muro
Stars: Mike Lackey, Bill Chepil, Vic Noto
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.

Director: Fred Dekker
Stars: Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall
Frankenhooker (1990)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A medical student sets out to recreate his decapitated fiancée by building her a new body made of Manhattan street hookers.

Director: Frank Henenlotter
Stars: James Lorinz, Joanne Ritchie, Patty Mullen
C.H.U.D. (1984)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A bizarre series of murders in New York City seems to point toward the existence of a race of mutant cannibals living under the streets.

Director: Douglas Cheek
Stars: John Heard, Daniel Stern, Christopher Curry
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.

Director: Stephen Chiodo
Stars: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: halfman, halffish which terrorize a small fishing village by killing the men and raping the women.

Directors: Barbara Peeters, Jimmy T. Murakami
Stars: Doug McClure, Ann Turkel, Vic Morrow
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

On the night of Halloween, 10 teens decide to go to a party at an abandoned funeral parlor. "Hull House", rumored to be built on an evil patch of land & underground stream, is the place. ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Tenney
Stars: Cathy Podewell, Alvin Alexis, Hal Havins


Cast overview:
O.D. (as Jonathan Gries)
Alejandro Rey ...
Randi Brooks ...
Jennifer Richards ...
William Paulson ...
John Leamer ...


A civilization on a distant planet has found a way to solve its garbage problem: turning it into energy and beaming it into outer space. A flaw in this system is found when the signal is accidentally picked up on Earth by the Putterman Family's home satellite dish. While this would ordinarily be just another mess, this particular transmission contains a hungry trash monster who quickly begins snacking on the Puttermans and their guests. Only young Sherman Putterman has any clue what is going on, but nobody will believe him. Is there any hope for the Earth? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

TerorVizija  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Jon Gries wore a wig for his audition as O.D. See more »


[first lines]
Raquel Putterman: 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.
See more »


Features The Dungeonmaster (1984) See more »


Stan's Theme Song
Sung by Hal Negro
Produced by Ron Goudie
© 1986 Smell Brain / Amgine
Administered by Bug Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Channeling a very different entity?
5 August 2010 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

I love TerrorVision and have done ever since I first saw it, many moons ago, on good ol' VHS.

It's all about a family who end up getting more than just a raft of new channels when the dad sets up a new satellite system. An alien creature, transformed into energy and beamed from afar, has entered their dish and subsequently their TV sets. And from there it's able to get out and about, especially when someone looks good enough to eat.

This movie is just barmy but it's barmy in the best way. The cast, featuring the lovely Diane Franklin and the great Jon Gries as well as Mary Woronov, is a joy for genre fans. The characters are a mixed bag of fruitcakes (including the punky daughter, the "dude" boyfriend, the swinging parents, the grandfather who always has invasion on the brain and an Elvira-like horror hostess) and, while dated in many ways, still stay far away enough from the standard cut-out teens of mainstream horror movies to be memorable in all the right ways.

The creature design is effectively gloopy and organic, as well as being surprisingly likable. Green goo is used effectively instead of major blood spatters there's a lot of slime thrown around the place.

Written and directed by Ted Nicolaou, the only reason I don't rate TerrorVision any higher than 7/10 is because the first half hour or so is a little bit TOO quirky in places and full of some particularly groansome comedy moments. At just over an hour and twenty minutes, it never outstays it's welcome and deserves to be discovered by fans of the bizarre and fantastical.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
has anyone else ever seen this movie? saqsmaq
I really wish this would come out on DVD shnakel
I've Got The Soundtrack! dudleythecaretaker
this has some of the best lines!! elalbino63
DVD moviefreakest
VHS? the_mossy_sloth
Discuss TerrorVision (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: