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Ted Nicolaou (written by)
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Release Date:
14 February 1986 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
People of Earth, your planet is about to be destroyed... We're terribly sorry for the inconvenience. See more »
Plot:
A family's new satellite TV system starts receiving signals from another planet, and soon it becomes the passageway to an alien world. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Diane Franklin ... Suzy Putterman

Gerrit Graham ... Stanley Putterman

Mary Woronov ... Raquel Putterman

Chad Allen ... Sherman Putterman

Jon Gries ... O.D. (as Jonathan Gries)

Bert Remsen ... Grampa
Alejandro Rey ... Spiro
Randi Brooks ... Cherry
Jennifer Richards ... Medusa

Sonny Carl Davis ... Norton

Ian Patrick Williams ... Nutky
William Paulson ... Pluthar
John Leamer ... Chauffeur

Frank Welker ... Monster Vocal Effects (voice)

Directed by
Ted Nicolaou 
 
Writing credits
Ted Nicolaou (written by)

Produced by
Albert Band .... producer
Charles Band .... executive producer
Debra Dion .... associate producer
Michael Wolf .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Band 
 
Cinematography by
Romano Albani (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Meshelski 
 
Production Design by
Giovanni Natalucci 
 
Art Direction by
Giovanni Natalucci 
 
Costume Design by
Kathie Clark 
 
Makeup Department
R. Christopher Biggs .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Roberto Bessi .... executive in charge of production
Stefano Spadoni .... unit manager
 
Sound Department
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley artist
Tom Gerard .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Brent Armstrong .... creature fabricator & operator: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries, Inc.
John Carl Buechler .... tv monster and special effects makeup designer and supervisor: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries, Inc.
Michael Deak .... MMI Liaison USA: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries, Inc.
Cleve Hall .... creature fabricator & operator: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries, Inc.
Daniel Hoffman .... creature fabricator & operator: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries, Inc.
Robert Kurtzman .... creature fabricator & operator: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries, Inc.
Michelle Oggeri .... creature fabricator & operator: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries, Inc.
Margherita Regina .... creature fabricator & operator: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries, Inc.
Desiree Soto Vaughn .... creature fabricator & operator: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries, Inc. (as Desiree Vaughn-Soto)
John Vulich .... creature fabricator & operator: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries, Inc.
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tim Turner .... assistant costumes: Roark Productions (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Juliet Avola .... post-production
Claudia Hoover .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Richard Band .... music supervisor
Don Perry .... music supervisor
Christopher L. Stone .... electronic orchestrator
Tom Villano .... music editor
 
Other crew
Andrea Borella .... production assistant
Andrew Doucette .... title designer
Giancarlo J. Sini .... assistant production accountant
 

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83 min
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Trivia:
The initial appearance of Bert Remsen's(Grandpa) character is based on "General Hersheybar", the well-known 1960's Los Angeles anti-war street performer.See more »
Quotes:
[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.
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Lyrical Silly Charm, 26 January 2007
Author: Damien Harvey from United States

Sherman Putterman is your standard alien monster film kid who has seen a monster but can't get anyone else to believe him. His grandpa (Bert Remsen in the film's best performance) is a survivalist promoting his lizard tail jerky product (the perfect food because lizards' tails grow back and you can eat it again) and hiding out in his well-stocked fallout shelter.

If it were possible for a complete parody to be called original, "Terrorvision" (1986) would be the first to qualify. This is another cheap Albert and Charles Band (Empire Studios) production, but is not as mindless as something like "Redneck Zombies" and even has a bit of lyrical (yet very silly) charm. Everyone involved is obviously having a good time and the creature is much like something Richard Carlson would have encountered in a 1950's sci-fi film, but with much more slime. Not until "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra" would there be a more self-aware genre parody. Although rated "R" because of some off-color humor, it would not be worth denying middle schoolers the pleasure of viewing this film because the overall style and effect is best appreciated by that age group.

Sherman's swinging parents are Gerrit Graham (who played superstitious car salesman Jeff in "Used Cars") and Mary Woronov ("Eating Raoul").

1980's teen queen Diane Franklin plays Sherman's sister Suzy and Jon Gries (of "Pretender" fame) is her boyfriend "O.D." who is really into heavy metal music. Franklin is almost unrecognizable in her mid-1980's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" look.

Although the parody is primarily directed at the excessive cuteness of "ET", "Terrorvision" also goes after Elvira and Vampira with a similar late night horror show hostess called Medusa who wears a wig of snakes, has two enormous talents, and manages a host(ess) of semi-explicit puns.

The real star is an alien house pet whose mutation into a hungry beast forced its owners to send its atoms out into space. The film begins on a distant planet where this mutated pet is being processed at the mutated creature facility. A stray planet causes the creatures atoms to deflect through space until it finally is sucked down to earth by Sherman's father's new satellite dish.

By the middle of the film the monster has chewed and sucked its way through most of the family and their friends when Sherman, Suzy, and OD have an "ET" moment with it. The monster can mimic anyone it has eaten so the other cast members have a couple of post- demise scenes.

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