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Bad Channels (1992)

Video  -  Sci-Fi  -  25 June 1992 (USA)
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An alien determined to capture human females takes over a radio station to do it.

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Peanut
Charlie Spradling ...
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Ron Keel ...
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Mr. Baker
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Bunny
Michael Caldwell ...
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Allison Gammon ...
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An alien lands in a small town and promptly takes over the local radio station. The disk jockey, Dan O' Dare, well known for his publicity stunts, becomes a hostage. The alien uses the radio station and Dan's amused audience to target and subsequently shrink women for his collection. Written by Dave Smith <dave@stat.colostate.edu>

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Rated R for language
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When Dan is on the radio, before the aliens attack, we hear his voice and see his reflection in the window. However, Dan's mouth and his words don't match up. See more »

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Peanut: This son of a bitch is crazier than a tree full of owls!
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Written and Performed by The Ukelaliens
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Take a clue from the title
15 September 2006 | by (Redondo Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

I saw the movie at a video rental, and thought the title was intriguing. It looked like a cheap-o flick, but how bad could a movie called "Bad Channels" be? Well, the title is a hint.

I guess it's supposed to be some alien creature's rock-and-roll fantasy of overpowering women with '80's rock. (I guess you could call it rock....the bands were no-name bands that couldn't hold down a gig in their own garage, they stunk that bad.) Anyway, there's a rock station out in the desert somewhere, that gets assigned a frequency of 666 (AM or FM-I don't know, and if you see this movie, you really won't care, either). Apparently, the DJ's voice on this station, plus the lousy music he plays; seduces women, shrinks them to doll size, and transports them to bottles on an alien's nearby space craft. I guess he likes short women? The alien's ship has phallic symbols--for humor or sinister symbolism; who knows?

It's a lousy movie, the kind that you suspect of being a joke because it's so incredibly stupid. The fight scene at the end between a human and the alien is pretty funny, though. Most of the film can be laughed at, in fact, if you're in the right mood. But it barely warrants a 3, even on a so-bad-it's-funny basis.


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