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Terrorgram (1990)

R | | Horror | 1990 (USA)
Three horror stories linked by a sinister delivery boy. The stories are "Heroine Overdose", "Pandora" and "Veteran's Day".

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Retribution (voice)
Steven Field ...
The Delivery Man
J.T. Wallace ...
Eric Keller
Jerry Anderson ...
Alan Smythee
Linda Carol Toner ...
Angela Pandorus
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Alan ...
Keller's Friend
Michael Andrews ...
Escaping Prisoner of War
Michael Anson ...
American Patrol
Hediye Avci ...
Novotny's Sister
Jerry Baxter ...
Prisoner of War
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Mornel
Lance Benjamin ...
1st Executive
Bill Brinsfield ...
Novotny's Father
Robert Campbell ...
American Patrol
Thomas B. Capp ...
Greg the Cameraman
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Horror anthology in which a demonic delivery boy brings three packages from hell to three people who wholeheartedly deserve them. In "Heroine Overdose", a sleazy misogynistic sexploitation filmmaker named Alan Smythee overdoses on heroin. Ironically, this somehow transports him into one of his films where he becomes the target of his own vengeful heroines. In "Pandora", a woman named Angela Pandorus runs over a kid by accident and, with no witnesses around, flees the crime scene. The delivery boy visits her and gives her a special jack in the box from hell. In "Veteran's Day", a middle-aged cynical draft dodger called Eric Keller is on a downward spiral thanks to his bad temper and overall attitude. On Veterans Day, a holiday that drunk Keller makes fun of, his college buddy, Novotny, who went M.I.A. three decades ago in Vietnam, appears to Keller to take him back to Vietnam hell and let him experience the fate of him and his butchered comrades for himself. James Earl Jones also stars...

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When your past becomes a present... Terror will reign.

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Horror

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Rated R for horror violence, language, sensuality, and drug content.
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The names of the main characters are puns. Alan Smythee is a play on the name Alan Smithee, which is the official pseudonym used by film directors who wish to disown a project. Angela Pandorus is inspired by Pandora from the Greek myth about Pandora's Box. According to the myth, Pandora was the first human created by the Greek Gods. Out of curiosity, she opened a forbidden box that contained evil, inadvertently unleashing it upon the world. See more »

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A film that is obviously low on funds but not on effort.
14 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

Terrorgram is a trilogy of supernatural tales of retribution. Though it is obvious they had no money to do the film I found it interesting and actually enjoyed it. I bought it at a garage sale for $2 bucks as fulfillment for a scavenger hunt, you needed a movie know one had seen, (and no I didn't win someone had seen it!)

James Earl Jones is the off screen "Voice of Retribution" and he intros the three tales which each have the same Special Deliveryman delivering a package to each of the three main characters, when they open their "Special Delivery" they are inadvertently taking responsibility for their past transaction and must now pay for their sins.

The first tale "Heroine Overdose" is about a chauvinist b-movie director Alan Smythee (which is the pseudonym for directors who want their name removed from a project because it stinks so bad) who is delivered his own crappy sexploitation scripts and finds he has to replay his most notorious scenes except this time around he is the bimbo. The title is a clever play on the word Heroin as in the drug and Heroine as in a female.

The second tale is "Pandora" and it is an updated version of the Greek classic. Here, Angela Pandoras, a local news anchor looking to make network, runs down a small child on her way to the studio. She flees the scene fearing her career will be ruined if she is placed at the scene of the crime. That night the Deliveryman delivers a child's toy; a jack-in-the-box which the now dead boy had been carrying. The toy/her guilt terrorizes her and leaps from the toy and consumes her.

The last story, "Veteran's Day" is my favorite and the most compelling. The story opens with Keller crawling out of his bed still in his street clothes to find that his wife and family have left him. Keller is delivered a hand-written journal from Lawrence Novotny. We discover that they were classmates together in college in 1968 at the height of th Viet Nam War. Novotny dropped out of school and Keller turned him in to the draft board. Now years later, his remains come back and escort Keller back in time to Nam in '68 where he must relive the fate he assigned Novotny to. A harrowing story and one that will move anyone who, like myself, lost a loved one during the war. This story has particularly strong acting from the two leads; Mike Hartson and J.T. Wallace.

As I stated, it is obvious they had little resources to shoot this film with but I must admit I liked it better than most video I rent that I've never heard of. I think the concept would make for an excellent TV series. Tune in this week and see what scumbag gets his just desserts - a thought anyhow!


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