5.4/10
532
17 user 8 critic

Remote Control (1988)

A video store clerk stumbles onto an alien plot to take over earth by brainwashing people with a bad '50s science fiction movie. He and his friends race to stop the aliens before the tapes ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Blue Sunshine (1977)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A bizarre series of murders begins in Los Angeles, where people start going bald and then become homicidal maniacs. But could the blame rest on a particularly dangerous form of LSD called Blue Sunshine the murderers took ten years before?

Director: Jeff Lieberman
Stars: Zalman King, Deborah Winters, Mark Goddard
Squirm (1976)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A storm causes some power lines to break and touch the ground, drawing millions of man-eating worms out of the earth, and into town where they quickly start munching on the locals.

Director: Jeff Lieberman
Stars: Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow
Maniac Cop (1988)
Action | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Innocent people are being brutally murdered on the streets of New York City by a uniformed police officer. As the death toll rises and City Hall attempts a cover-up, Frank McCrae heads the ... See full summary »

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Five campers are stalked and killed in the mountains after traveling there to examine property they had purchased.

Director: Jeff Lieberman
Stars: George Kennedy, Mike Kellin, Chris Lemmon
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Angela, supposedly reformed and living under an assumed surname, is working at a summer camp. However, when the campers start misbehaving, she soon reverts to her old ways.

Director: Michael A. Simpson
Stars: Pamela Springsteen, Renée Estevez, Tony Higgins
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Angela Baker, a traumatized and very shy young girl, is sent to summer camp with her cousin. Shortly after her arrival, anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions gets their comeuppance.

Director: Robert Hiltzik
Stars: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A police detective cracks down on organized crime in Chinatown after the murders of Triad and Mafia leaders.

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane
Neon Maniacs (1986)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A group of teenagers in San Francisco discover a nest of homicidal monsters living in a tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, but when they try to tell authorities, no one believes them.

Director: Joseph Mangine
Stars: Clyde Hayes, Leilani Sarelle, Donna Locke
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A naive young boy unknowingly becomes the pawn of a serial killer.

Director: Jeff Lieberman
Stars: Alexander Brickel, Katheryn Winnick, Stephen Graham
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A New York taxi driver stalks a beautiful actress attending the Cannes Film Festival, which coincides with a series of violent killings of the lady's friends.

Director: David Winters
Stars: J'Len Winters, John Kelly, Joe Spinell
Nightbreed (1990)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of monsters are hiding from humanity.

Director: Clive Barker
Stars: Craig Sheffer, David Cronenberg, Anne Bobby
Doctor Franken (TV Movie 1980)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Manhattan surgeon Franken rebuilds the broken body of a John Doe patient with spare parts.

Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky, Jeff Lieberman
Stars: Robert Vaughn, Robert Perault, David Selby
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Cosmo
...
Belinda Watson
Christopher Wynne ...
Georgie
Frank Beddor ...
Victor
...
Kaaren Lee ...
Patricia
...
Bill Denver
Jamie McEnnan ...
Matthew (as Jaime McEnnan)
Jerold Pearson ...
Alan Bard
Jennifer Buchanan ...
Julia Bard
Deborah Downey ...
Eva
...
Milo
Marilyn Adams ...
Neighbor #1
Dick Warlock ...
Mr. James (as Richard Warlock)
Ann Walker ...
Mrs. James
Edit

Storyline

A video store clerk stumbles onto an alien plot to take over earth by brainwashing people with a bad '50s science fiction movie. He and his friends race to stop the aliens before the tapes can be distributed world-wide. Written by Andy Bogursky <bogursky@erols.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Your future is in their hands. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Controle Remoto  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Johnny Depp auditioned for the role of Georgie. See more »

Connections

References The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Body Beat
Written by Wells Christie
Published by Tyrell-Mann Music Corp.
Performed by Wells Christie
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Lieberman does sci-fi and it's 80s to the max!
7 July 2015 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

A cold-war-era style tale of alien invaders brainwashing the masses via VHS, Remote Control stars Kevin Dillon (younger brother of Matt) as video store clerk Cosmo, who discovers a plot by extraterrestrials to destroy mankind by altering an old sci-fi movie so that it causes uncontrollable violence when viewed. With the help of his best pal Georgie (Christopher Wynne) and babe Belinda Watson (Deborah Goodrich), Cosmo sets out to destroy all the copies of the film on video before they can be shipped nationwide, but can they succeed without being exposed to the deadly movie themselves?

How '80s do you like your films? I only ask because this quirky little sci-fi flick from director Jeff Lieberman (Just Before Dawn/Satan's Little Helper) takes everything already tacky about the decade of day-glo and back-combing and pushes them to the limits, with exaggerated fashion disasters and bizarre hairstyles that make Cyndi Lauper and A Flock of Seagulls look positively reserved by comparison. If you find the idea of metallic lame blouson jackets at all upsetting, then you would probably be better off giving this one a miss. If, however, you appreciate absurd low budget obscurities and revel in the colourful and kitsch, then dive on in.

In addition to its clever plot device (whereby the '50s film that the aliens use to control their victims has the same narrative as the film we are watching) and all of the gaudy 80s style, Remote Control delivers lots of nostalgia for those who grew up in the video era (check out all of the cool titles and posters in the video stores!), some cheesy fight action, Jennifer Tilly sporting a truly awful hairdo, a surprisingly good explosion, and an impressive full body burn stunt. While not quite as accomplished as Jeff Lieberman's horror movies—a bigger budget would certainly have helped to fully realise its potential—Remote Control is still a unique experience from a true auteur, and should provide a fun time for those curious enough to seek it out.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD RELEASE! tenfour
DVD Release? stephengouge
Discuss Remote Control (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?