PLOT: The Puttermans’ new satellite dish beams an alien monster into their living room.
There are movies that are able to sustain the test of time. Then, there’s TerrorVision. When you make a completely unsubtle movie that equally skewers the swinger lifestyle of the 1970s and the metalhead culture of the 1980s, you’re bound to date your work; and it shows in TerrorVision. There was probably a time and place for this movie, but sadly, 2015 isn’t exactly it.
TerrorVision must be made for a younger audience, because it’s just too broad to be funny for an older audience and far too silly to be anything close to scary for any audience. I can appreciate camp when it’s done well, but there’s a point where camp just becomes a little bit too much. This movie achieves this.
The plot of TerrorVision is pretty straightforward. The Putterman family gets a new satellite dish, but the dad cheaped out on it and got a DIY version. It just so happens that this particular model has the ever-slight chance of beaming a monster right into their living room. This happens while Grandpa and young boy Sherman are home alone watching monster movies, while the parents are out trying to pick up another swinging couple.
I could see that this movie would probably be a pretty good nostalgia piece for kids that grew up on late night movies or in the early days of HBO. There’s nothing in it too terrible for young viewers; it’s never particularly scary and any adult content would go right over their heads. For adults that don’t fit into this category, however, there’s not much here, unless you care to see Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite as an air-headed metal head.
There are some cool special effects with the monster, but there’s not any blood or anything like that, just a whole lot of monster goo.
Gore Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Scare Rating: 0 out of 5
You get some cleavage from Medusa, TerrorVision’s version of Elvira, and there’s some implied nudity in the Putterman’s “Pleasure Dome”, but you don’t get much.
Sex/Nudity Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Overall, TerrorVision is a horror-comedy that does neither particularly well. It wouldn’t be too bad for someone that may want to ease their child into horror or someone who used to watch it on cable, but there’s not much here for an adult.