Out of the following three options, what do you think would shock Stanley & Raquel Putterman (Gerrit Graham & Mary Woronov) the most? Would it be...
- The sudden arrival of their daughter Suzy's (Diane Franklin) new boyfriend? O.D. (Jon Gries). Who's into heavy metal.
Stanleyinadvertently warps a monster from outer space into his TV via his new satellite dish? Who eats Grampa (Bert Remsen). Or...
- By discovering that one of the swingers they've brought home is too Greek for their own liking? Spiro (Alejandro Rey). Not Cherry (Randi Brooks).
Yep. That is correct, folks. The answer is 'B'. The monster from outer space, who sneakily sneaks his way into the Putterman family homestead, and chomps, digests, and does a number of other unquestionable things to this not so suburban household, despite their son, Sherman (Chad Allen), warning them about this bodacious danger.
But don't you fret though! Through shear guile and determination,
Sherman does manage to keep his
head squarely upon his own shoulders throughout this ordeal. Going so far as to
call the television pundit, Medusa (Jennifer Richards), about these strange
comings and goings.
Then again, that's most probably why what next transpires all vomits a sick note when a Monster turns into a pet. As a distress signal is ignored - this was the part I started getting board - a turn up for the books was not so great - and at the end of the day a savior appears a mite too late.
Now after some careful deliberation, folks, the only way I can sum up 'Terrorvision', is by saying that it reminds me of a strange mixture of 'Happy Days' and a bad 50's b-movie, squashed together, with a tinge of sexually charged cheesiness thrown in for good measure.
Admittedly. I understand that this is supposed to be horror comedy. Yet, if I'm going to be Frank about it, this isn't a very good definition for this particular film. It's wasn't funny, it was cheesy. And it wasn't horrifying, it was gruesome. Indirectly making the overall production a bit too 'out there' for my own liking. Basically, it's a 'cheesy-gruesome'. For use of a better phrase.
Now before I warp off into outer space, dear reader, I would just like to mention that there were some parts of 'Terrorvision' I kind of liked. For instance, I did enjoy how Chad Allen's character was more level headed than the rest of the cast. As he had that charm about him that made you care for him, here and there. Also, I did get a kick out of some of the nth rate special effects utilized, although they did appear very naff in execution. Furthermore, I did find the 'swingers scene' funnier and more titivating than some of the other parts of this project too.
Sorry about that 'Terrorvision' fans. But I've got to be honest, don't I? And to be honest with you, this film just wasn't my particular cup of tea. If anything, it reminds me of a stubborn man on life support. Single minded. Inert. And in dire need of some tender love and care.
THE RATING: C