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I wasn't expecting much from this lunchtime TV movie, so I wasn't
disappointed! Admittedly the production values don't appear to reach
that of a blockbuster, but overall it was fine! Occasionally exciting,
occasionally informative, occasionally heart warming!
I know people will pity me for this...but as a background to revision, I liked it! I've seen much worse!
If you're bored and up for some mindless entertainment - give it a go!
The one thing setting this low budget disaster picture apart from
myriads of others is its New Zealand setting ,which at least ensures we
have some attractive scenery to look at when the main activity gets a
little predictable .
Lynda Carter plays a vulcanologist who is in New Zealand with her second husband and daughter by a previous marriage .He is the owner of an adventure holiday company scouting the island for a possible new venture when a volcano long believed dormant erupts trapping the daughter and a young Kiwi guide below ground .Carter organises the overall rescue attempt while the husband -played by Parker Stevenson -tries to rescue the trapped couple .
Stirred into the brew are the owner of the local tourist lodge and his former partner ,a Maori -and these play a key role in the climax of the movie .There is also some rather half-baked mysticism in the form of a Maori prophetess and this does not really work too well
There is nothing new here -we even have the standard ploy of the authorities refusing to give creedence to warnings of impending catastrophe until it is almost too late ,and the bringing together of the family group in the face of danger
Budgetary restrictions are evident in the scenes of eruption and the acting is no more than adequate but it is a passable time waster
i have just watched this movie on television, and i have to admit that
i think i have just wasted two hours of my life.
half way through the movie i thought to myself "where is this going"? the storyline was very weak and unrealistic.
the main characters kept going on about "evacuating a village" - well i cannot recall seeing this village they spoke of at all through the movie, and if i did it was obviously not interesting enough to remember. one cannot feel empathy for the village if one has no emotional attachment to it - and i certainly didn't.
the story mainly focuses on two teenagers getting caught in a cave and trying to escape. why on earth they went into a cave in the first place instead of running away from an erupting volcano like most normal people would is beyond me! one of the teens is a girl, who's only purpose in the movie seems to be to scream and cry annoyingly at the first sight of danger! towards the end of the movie i began to hate her character.
another character breathes through an inhaler every 5 minutes, making one think that he is dependent on it, however during the eruption he loses his inhaler, but still carriers on breathing fine without it. i think this element of the story was pointless.
there is also a spirit woman that pops up onto the screen ever so often, this is completely unrealistic and stupid. any elements of truth that the story has is demolished by this character! seriously, during a volcanic eruption what person would seek out a primitive elderly woman for help? apparently the characters in this film!
also, the end of the movie is a joke. i was screaming at the television screen in fury when i saw it! if you don't want to be informed of the ending then i suggest that you stop reading this NOW! anyway, somehow a helicopter outruns a volcanic eruption on little fuel and safely lands. the characters then get out and dance around hugging each other in happiness. in reality, the eruption would probably extend to areas 100s of miles away from the volcano itself, so why they think they are safe after flying a relatively short distance i don't know! the characters even evacuated a village 15 miles away, so why they think they are safe i don't know! at the start of the movie one of the characters even states that the mount saint Helen's eruption had effects on the land 150 miles away! so why they think they have escaped this eruption when they are still so close to the volcano (i estimate 1 - 2 miles) astounds me!
unless you have nothing better to do (and i mean NOTHING!) then this film is definitely for you!
Terror Peak is a nice little volcano movie about a new family that travels to New Zealand to find and fund a possible new tourist attraction. The husband is the tourist agent and the wife is of course an ex vulcanologist with a tragic history with volcanos. The teenage daughter is a typical teenage daughter. The kids get lost inside the now active volcano and have to be rescued. Some OK special effects for a low budget film. Dialog was a little too touchy feely, but it worked pretty well. Some OK action and not to many continuity breaks. Good suspense. It is not true to the science of vulcanology, but it wasn't meant to be.
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This thing is so full of plot holes that it resembles a Maori cheese. I
won't bother with reviewing the film, as there is no story, really, but
merely list several of the absurdities contained therein.
1) Has anyone who makes these catastrophe films ever been inside a cave? People, it's DARK!! There is no miraculous artificial light from anywhere.
2) Lava that merely sets a shirt on fire when it drips on the whining girl? We're talking molten rock!!
3)The kids trapped inside the cave spend an awful amount of time sitting around and philosophising instead of getting the hell out.
4) Hardy boy climbs up a cliff by his nails, rocks falling all around, earth trembling...and he without any head protection or climbing gear. All this is ludicrous, yet HE is the one doing the rescuing?
5) Why is there always some ancient crone who cries "the gods are angry" in explanation of natural phenomena like volcanoes or earthquakes?
I could go on, but watch this one for a laugh, if you're out of comedies.
The New Zealand Scenery was beautiful. The Production values were bad, but probably not so bad, I'm sure the budget wasn't huge. No worse than Bay Watch, Xena, or other syndicated series. Former seventies sex symbols Carter and Stevenson headline as newlyweds.
Have not been able to finish this rubbish. No cliché is overlooked as
Wonder Woman Lynda Carter (whining b*tch) is just as completely
unconvincing but actually less irritating as Emily Barclay (spoiled
(b*tch) as her daughter.
This is really a waist of time, especially for those watching. And the special effects really do resemble those of StarTrek TOS, but are not as convincing.
Actually the story telling also resembles STTOS. The pacing is agonizing slow, the plot twists are ridiculous and the characters are cardboard. But hey, STTOS was a sixties TV show and whats more: it was SCIENCE FICTION. The stories where supposed to be ridiculous and at least they were imaginative. "Terror peak" is not.
The title is well chosen, though. Its another kind of terror, but it surely peaks.
I usually say nothing if I can't say anything good; however, in this case,
make an exception. A very poor movie; tried and tested story (i.e.
unoriginal), every volcanic cliche in the book, no eruptions of
highly questionable effects and a vast range of technical
New Zealand never fails to impress by its scenery: pity about some of the actors! The most notable effects were those in the latter part of the movie when memebers of the cast were running to their airlift point (that was strangely devoid of any sign of ash, darkness or other tell-tale signs of volcanic activity): the said effects were strangely reminiscent of those used by Tim the Magician in Monty Python's Holy Gail. Even more surprising was the loss of the top half of the volcano prior to any major eruption occurring.
After this, even 'Volcano' looks polished, professional and credible!
I've read all the negative reviews on this movie and frankly I'm I'm a
bit aghast at the outpouring of "talented" reviewers. I watch movies
because they're fiction and a bit of fun. If I want fact then I'll
This is a heart warming movie with a message about family; If you want to be picky and precise and decide if New Zealand has volcano's or whatever then don't bother, hit the back button now. If you want something that's light and just a feel good movie then continue on. Personally I get tired of reading the "expert" reviews and the cynics who have never actually "done" anything in there lives - whatever, it's a very entertaining movie that you can lose yourself in for a couple of hours. Parker Stevenson is a wonderful presence and there are glimpses of the "Craig Pomeroy" character he created in Baywatch years ago.
I feel sorry for those that can only write a review to bag the movie; If they're so good at judging these things, then go make one yourself and put it up for the judgment of the world - what? no takers?
I stood about 30 minutes of this before turning it off. The Irish driver who has to emergency stop twice en route to the volcano, nearly driving over a cliff the second time, who ignores all the danger signs but insists on saying he puts safety first, who has treated his Maori partner badly; Jason, the young boy who puts girls at risk with his adventure sports and allows them to wonder off in the dark; the female vulcanologist who can read all the signs... Men who are stupid and thoughtless, women who are clever and talented: this is a dull and witless male-basher, with nothing going for it. There's no terror in the film, but I've been watching a lots of 'female-friendly' broadcasting recently - daytime weekdays - and it looks like what's being dished out at these times is largely low quality, women are marvelous and men are shits programming. I guess that's what a lot of people thing 'equality' means.
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