TerrorVision (1986)

R | 85 mins | Science fiction, Comedy | 14 February 1986

Director:

Ted Nicolaou

Writer:

Ted Nicolaou

Producer:

Albert Band

Cinematographer:

Romano Albani

Editor:

Tom Meshelski

Production Designer:

Giovanni Natalucci

Production Company:

Altar Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

A 24 Jul 1985 Var article announced that principal photography began 15 Jul 1985 at the Dino De Laurentiis-owned Dinocittà Studios, aka Dino Studios, outside Rome, Italy. The budget was $3 million.
       A 7 Feb 1985 DV article stated that the film marked Ted Nicolaou’s theatrical directorial and screenwriting debut. Nicolaou had formerly worked as an editor for executive producer Charles Band.
       End credits state: “Contains excerpts from motion pictures held under copyright and licensed by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.”; and, "Robot Monster courtesy of Medallion TV Enterprises, Inc. ... More Less

A 24 Jul 1985 Var article announced that principal photography began 15 Jul 1985 at the Dino De Laurentiis-owned Dinocittà Studios, aka Dino Studios, outside Rome, Italy. The budget was $3 million.
       A 7 Feb 1985 DV article stated that the film marked Ted Nicolaou’s theatrical directorial and screenwriting debut. Nicolaou had formerly worked as an editor for executive producer Charles Band.
       End credits state: “Contains excerpts from motion pictures held under copyright and licensed by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.”; and, "Robot Monster courtesy of Medallion TV Enterprises, Inc. ©1980.”
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
7 Feb 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
13 Feb 1986
p. 3, 22.
Los Angeles Times
15 Apr 1986
p. 5.
New York Times
14 Feb 1986
p. 10.
Variety
24 Jul 1985.
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Variety
12 Feb 1986
pp. 22-24.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Empire Pictures Presents
A Charles Band Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed, USA
Asst ed, Italy
Asst ed, Italy
Asst ed, Italy
Asst ed, Italy
SET DECORATORS
Set dec, USA
Set dresser
Draftsman
Prop master
Asst propman
Asst propman
Set const
Set const
Painter
Greenery
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward coord
Ward asst
Ward asst
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus supv
Mus comp
Electronic orchestrations by
Library source mus by
SOUND
Sd mixer
2d boom op
Supv sd ed
Dial ed
ADR ed
Foley ed
Asst sd eff ed
Asst sd eff ed
Asst sd eff ed
Asst sd eff ed
Spec sd eff by
The monster vocal eff by
Sd re-rec at
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Des/Supv, MMI creature const crew
Fabricator & op, MMI creature const crew
Fabricator & op, MMI creature const crew
Fabricator & op, MMI creature const crew
Fabricator & op, MMI creature const crew
Fabricator & op, MMI creature const crew
Fabricator & op, MMI creature const crew
Fabricator & op, MMI creature const crew
Fabricator & op, MMI creature const crew
MMI Liason,USA
Pyrotechnics
Roto/Anim supv, Motion Opticals, Inc.
Artist, Motion Opticals, Inc.
Artist, Motion Opticals, Inc.
Artist, Motion Opticals, Inc.
Artist, Motion Opticals, Inc.
Opt printer op, Motion Opticals, Inc.
Title des
Main and end titles by
MAKEUP
TV monster and spec eff makeup by
TV monster and spec eff makeup by
Makeup artist
Asst makeup artist
Hairstylist
Asst hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting dir
Exec in charge of prod
Exec in charge of prod, USA
Prod coord, USA
Prod coord, Italy
Scr supv
Asst to Charles Band
Asst to Debra Dion
Casting asst
Asst prod coord, USA
Prod asst, USA
Prod asst, USA
Prod asst, Italy
Prod asst, Italy
Prod asst, Italy
Exec controller
Loc prod controller
Prod controller, USA
Prod accountant
Accountant
Asst accountant
Post prod facilities provided by
Exec in charge of post prod
Asst to Mr. Arensman
STAND INS
COLOR PERSONNEL
SOURCES
SONGS
"Terrorvision" and other songs written and performed by The Fibonaccis, produced by Ron Goudie, ©1986 Smell Brain/Amgine, administered by Bug Music
"Stan's Theme Song," written by The Fibonaccis, sung by Hal Negro, produced by Ron Goudie, ©1986 Smell Brain/Amgine, administered by Bug Music.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 February 1986
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 14 February 1986
Los Angeles opening: 11 April 1986
Production Date:
began 15 July 1985
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
85
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28043
SYNOPSIS

Raquel Putterman and her daughter, Suzy, blame husband and father, Stan Putterman, for breaking their televisions when he installs a satellite dish, but the technology failure has nothing to do with him. A mutant creature disposal unit on the Planet Pluton has gone haywire, sending toxic electrical energy to Earth. Stan asks Norton, the satellite dish representative, to fix his problem, but Norton claims the service contract only allows him to help with repairs not installation. In his frustration, Stan damages the dish with a hammer to create the need for repair. However, a bolt of lightning hits the satellite receiver, and the television sets are back in service. As Stan demonstrates the wide range of channels, he and his father-in-law, “Grampa,” fight over the remote control. As they break the unit, part of the satellite equipment on the patio overheats and melts. In the Putterman living room, the screen shifts from static to a program titled Medusa’s Midnight Horrorthon. Grampa and his grandson, Sherman Putterman, are engrossed as prehistoric dinosaurs battle each other. Suzy goes on a date with “OD,” her punk leather boyfriend, and Stan and Raquel spend the night on the lookout for swinger couples with whom to have sex. Grampa and Sherman stare at a round, gelatinous monster on television, but the channel spontaneously reverts to Medusa’s Midnight Horrorthon and they fall asleep in front of the television. Later, the monster leaps out of the television and scares Grampa and Sherman. When Sherman claims he saw a monster, Grampa retorts that monsters do not exist, and he insists that ... +


Raquel Putterman and her daughter, Suzy, blame husband and father, Stan Putterman, for breaking their televisions when he installs a satellite dish, but the technology failure has nothing to do with him. A mutant creature disposal unit on the Planet Pluton has gone haywire, sending toxic electrical energy to Earth. Stan asks Norton, the satellite dish representative, to fix his problem, but Norton claims the service contract only allows him to help with repairs not installation. In his frustration, Stan damages the dish with a hammer to create the need for repair. However, a bolt of lightning hits the satellite receiver, and the television sets are back in service. As Stan demonstrates the wide range of channels, he and his father-in-law, “Grampa,” fight over the remote control. As they break the unit, part of the satellite equipment on the patio overheats and melts. In the Putterman living room, the screen shifts from static to a program titled Medusa’s Midnight Horrorthon. Grampa and his grandson, Sherman Putterman, are engrossed as prehistoric dinosaurs battle each other. Suzy goes on a date with “OD,” her punk leather boyfriend, and Stan and Raquel spend the night on the lookout for swinger couples with whom to have sex. Grampa and Sherman stare at a round, gelatinous monster on television, but the channel spontaneously reverts to Medusa’s Midnight Horrorthon and they fall asleep in front of the television. Later, the monster leaps out of the television and scares Grampa and Sherman. When Sherman claims he saw a monster, Grampa retorts that monsters do not exist, and he insists that Sherman saw a burglar. Grampa locks his grandson in the family’s bomb shelter, arms himself with rifles, and instructs Sherman on which weapons to use. Grampa questions Norton when he arrives to fix the satellite dish. The repairman has no knowledge of any burglars but notices that the wiring from the satellite box is spilling out like spaghetti. As Grampa searches the house, Sherman hears a scream from the patio. Norton, the repairman, becomes the monster’s first victim. Grampa comes face to face with the monster on the television screen, but is not fazed. The monster squeezes Grampa’s head. As brain juice and matter spill to the floor, the monster devours Grampa and his clothing. When Sherman sees the monster convert to electromagnetic waves and disappear into the television screen, he locks himself in the bomb shelter and calls police. Officer Nutky believes Sherman’s call is a prank, and ignores him. Sherman tries to warn his parents when they bring home a couple named Cherry and Spiro. Raquel notices a puddle of brain matter on the floor. Sherman claims that the puddle is all that remains of Grampa, but she demands her son stop telling stories. Stan gives Cherry and Spiro a tour of the house, and shows off the bedroom hot tub. He fiddles with the satellite channels, and ignores a warning from Pluthar, a planet Pluton sanitation captain, of danger that can only be stopped if Earthlings destroy their televisions and other electronic devices. In the bomb shelter, the monster transforms into Grampa. Through the shelter door, Grampa tells Raquel Putterman that everything is fine. Sherman, however, insists that Grampa is dead. Raquel locks her son in the shelter, despite his pleas. Sherman grabs his loaded rifle and searches for his grandfather. Raquel returns to the bedroom, and suggests that Spiro help mix cocktails. Cherry has a bathing suit underneath her dress, and tries out the hot tub while Stan changes into a swimsuit. Sherman listens as Pluthar issues a second warning over the shelter television set. The alien claims that an accident occurred at the mutant disposal unit that could result in the annihilation of Earth. Sherman panics and calls the Medusa’s Midnight Horrorthon studio phone number, but Medusa does not believe his monster story and hangs up. Raquel discovers that Spiro is interested in homosexual sex with Stan. When Spiro brings Cherry her drink, Raquel breaks the news to Stan. Spiro joins his wife in the hot tub, but as he approaches Cherry, two monster arms pull him underwater. When Stan and Raquel return to their guests, they are missing. The monster rises out of the murky water, attacks Stan, and Raquel screams. Sherman hears his mother but when police ignore his second call for help, he uses explosives to blow open the bomb shelter door. Suzy and OD return home, but do not believe Sherman’s rantings about the monster. They make their way to their parents’ bedroom. Suzy discovers her parents, their guests, and grampa in bed together. They claim to be having fun, and shoo her away. Back by the hot tub, the monster chases after OD, but decides not to attack because OD’s black leather-spiked arm wear reminds it of someone important from his childhood. OD offers the monster a snack, and soon, Suzy, Sherman, and OD are teaching the creature English and emptying the refrigerator to satisfy its appetite. They introduce the monster to American rock and roll, and OD plays a cassette tape of his heavy metal band. After the monster learns their names, they teach it about technology. Suzy decides they can promote the creature and make money. Suzy, OD and Sherman agree to be equal partners in the venture. They want their monster to be on television, and call Medusa for help. They invite her to party with the creature, but it is unclear whether she will come or not. Officer Nutky arrives with a warrant for Sherman’s arrest. The monster becomes agitated when Pluthar, the Pluton sanitation captain, delivers his warning on the screen, and grabs OD by the face. Officer Nutky announces that he wants to arrest Sherman, but Sherman and Suzy escape and hide in the bomb shelter. The monster grabs the officer’s gun, then devours him. After Suzy learns that the monster killed OD, Sherman remarks that they have no choice but to kill it. They stock up on weapons and search for the creature. When Suzy and Sherman return to their parents’ bedroom, they find tthe monster has eaten the adults. Sherman sneaks up, but slips on the creature’s trailing slime. The monster grabs him by the leg. As Sherman uses his knife to free himself, Pluthar appears in a spacesuit, and announces that he has come to rescue Sherman and Suzy. He explains that, on his planet, hungry beasts are pets like dogs and cats, but when they mutate they become unstable and must be destroyed. The monster is a hungry beast that mutated and was accidentally sent to Earth instead of being exterminated. Medusa appears and believes Pluthar is about to hurt Sherman and Suzy. She attacks, and damages his space helmet, which kills him. The monster blasts through a wall and Suzy screams. Sherman’s rifle jams, and they are all sucked into the monster’s voracious mouth. In the morning, the monster is now part-Medusa. Climbing into Medusa's limousine, the new hybrid monster orders the chauffeur to drive to the television studio. +

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