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.
One morning, a young man wakes to find that a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but demands human victims in return.
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
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The brief MTV clip shown is of a W.A.S.P. song called Tormentor, and the character O.D. Riley wears a WASP t-shirt. See more »
When Pluthar is talking to Suzy and Sherman, his skin is glossy and reflective of light. Upon learning that the "beast has ingested earthlings," cutting back from Suzy and Sherman, his skin appears dull and muted. See more »
[Raquel watches her exercise program while Stanley works on the satellite dish]
Stanley! Stanley! Quit screwing around... Stanley! Stanley, I'm right in the middle of my program. For Christ's sakes, Stanley!
Lay off me, Beautiful. I almost got this baby wired.
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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.
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