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Bad Channels (1992)

R | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | Video 25 June 1992
An alien determined to capture human females takes over a radio station to do it.

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Willis
Martha Quinn ...
Lisa Cummings
Aaron Lustig ...
Vernon Locknut
Michael Huddleston ...
Corky
Roumel Reaux ...
Flip Humble
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Dan O'Dare
Rodney Ueno ...
Moon
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Peanut
Charlie Spradling ...
Cookie
Steve Tietsort ...
Trucker
Ron Keel ...
Grits / Truck Stop Band
Alex Bookston ...
Mr. Baker
Daryl Strauss ...
Bunny
Michael Caldwell ...
Goofy Guy
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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In space, no one is safe from rock 'n' roll. See more »

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Rated R for language
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When the Sheriff leaves the hospital, berating Lisa, the toothpick in his mouth vanishes. See more »

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Peanut: This son of a bitch is crazier than a tree full of owls!
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Dollman appears after the end credits. See more »

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References Alien (1979) See more »

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Bad Channels, Good Time!
5 December 2009 | by (Ohio, United States) – See all my reviews

There's a new DJ in the town of Pahoota, shock jock Dangerous Dan O'Dare (Paul Hipp). He's about to bring some rock'n'roll to the former polka channel KDUL Superstation 66.6. A pretty reporter (former MTV VJ Martha Quinn) is covering the story for a TV network when she sees a UFO. Of course, no one believes her. Dan finds out she's telling the truth when an alien that has a head that looks like a blue-black cauliflower with a window set in front, and his robot minion, take over the radio station. The alien has come to Earth to shrink women and place them in bottles using Dan's voice to pick the best-looking female listeners. Each woman the alien wants experiences a rock fantasy, much like a music video, that others can't see. Yes, really.

This admittedly silly Full Moon film is a sci-fi rock'n'roll comedy, and it delivers the goods with pretty girls, great music and some laughs too. No one will call this movie a classic, but it's fun in a "check your brain at the door" sort of way. The music is pretty awesome. There's a heavy metal song (with Ron Keel), a grunge rock song and, my favorite, "Manic Depresso" by Sykotik Sinfoney, a silly song with guys in clown, cow and nun outfits. Yes, really.

The acting is fairly good, although some actors are a bit over the top. Ted Nicolaou's direction is competent, if uninspired. The music score is by the rock band Blue Oyster Cult. Those who normally skip the end credits may want to know that the final joke takes place after the credits. (Of course, you might need to be a Full Moon fan to really appreciate it.) When Cinemax broadcast this movie back in the 1990s, they unfortunately cut out the final scene. A movie titled DOLLMAN VS. THE DEMONIC TOYS is a sequel to DOLLMAN, DEMONIC TOYS and BAD CHANNELS simultaneously. (Actually, this "sequel" changes the ending to BAD CHANNELS, and it's not good at all.) The DVD includes an 11 minute featurette (a condensed version of "Videozone".)

Although this movie is hard to recommend to the average movie lover, I found it to be highly entertaining.


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