TerrorVision (1986)

James / October 21st, 2012

Description: Monster Madness 80’s-A-Thon! James reviews TerrorVision (1986). A family’s new satellite TV system starts receiving signals from another planet, and soon it becomes the passageway to an alien world.

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  • SandBoxGiant

    October 21, 2012 at 2:07 am

    This screams 80’s! Looks fun, I’ll have to pick this one up after I finish Basket Case.

  • Iron65

    October 21, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Well At least one movie i saw Since I was a child!!! I remember it watching a national tv… I related pretty much like tales from the krypt, because you know, all the time you watch a kid as a one of main characters, you know it’s going to be a gore like friendly weird cheesy adventure.. In other words, that kind of genre, was popular on that time.. Nice 80’s touch, thanks James!

  • paradoxedpanda

    October 21, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Love the TERRORVISION song !

  • pikmintaro

    October 21, 2012 at 2:57 am

    ooooooooh James I hope you do Killer Klowns from outer space! that’s one of my favorites!

    • Farnomus

      May 20, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Oh Just Wait…Well You Have Already I Guess???

  • vcfghgfhfgg

    October 21, 2012 at 2:58 am

    How come you are able to put together these videos so frequently?

  • majikman19

    October 21, 2012 at 3:01 am

    i don’t remember this one, good job on the video

  • Anthony33

    October 21, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Good, no bullshit first comments. Some hot chicks in this movie and it looks pretty fun, might have to check this out.

    Damn, Diane Franklin, Mary Woronov and Jon Gries, hell of a cast.

  • October 21, 2012 at 3:35 am

    can anybody tell me the names of the artist and the song of this years monster madness outro?

    • HorrorUnleashed13

      December 31, 2012 at 2:07 am

      When I saw the movie. I looked very carefully at OD and I realized,”HOLY SHIT!!! THAT’S UNCLE RICO!!!”

  • October 21, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Oh holy shit. I remember this movie. This movie is so fucking 80s. Radical! Awesome! Tubular! Reaganomics!

  • Mickael

    October 21, 2012 at 4:02 am

    I was hoping to see The Stepfather (1987) make an appearance. but I don’t see it fitting this theme.

  • October 21, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Anyways… Yeah… I totally fucking remember this movie. I remember thinking the “mom” character was really hot back when I originally saw it at like 10 or something.

  • aidan752

    October 21, 2012 at 4:11 am

    I just realised that the astronaut in the intro has a skull for a head!

  • SirSuperSouthern

    October 21, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Anyone know where to find pictures of Jennifer Richards’ naked tits?

  • talsh

    October 21, 2012 at 8:05 am

    that monster looks like garbge

  • FXguy

    October 21, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Loved this little gem. For the record, Jon Gries is also Napoleon Dynamite’s Uncle Ricco, and Ben’s father on Lost.

  • FXguy

    October 21, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Oh, and the father is none other than Gerrit Graham, aka Bud the CHUD, and Beef, from Phantom of the Paradise.

  • October 21, 2012 at 10:40 am

    This is finally being released on DVD in 2013 by Shout! Factory.

  • AxBunny

    October 21, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I just watched this on Netflix the other night! The entire time I was thinking it was a good candidate for a Monster Madness review. Ah, great minds think alike it seems.

  • PhantomExdeath

    October 21, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Holy Shit It’s The Giant Claw!

  • WolfMansGotNards

    October 21, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Im going to have to check this one out! Thanks James!

  • henry

    October 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Wow! I had this movie just faintly in my memories as a child… every now and then I looked for this movie online or the video stores but since I couldn’t remember the name, and b/c it was such an obscure horror movie I could never find it. I totally remember that monster projecting slime, and eating people. The 80s, as weird as they were, were such a great time for horror movies.

    Keep this up James!

  • fcabanski

    October 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Little known fact: The monster that played the monster in this movie tried out for the role of Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street and for the role of Alf.

  • Gabriel80

    October 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Another interesting cheesy 80s horror movie I pitched to TGWTG & never got response back! Not even “likes” from others in the forum about it. But you managed to have great taste by including it for this Halloween month. It’s cool, Maybe Doug was just too busy reviewing Child’s Play 1-3 with Phelous to bother doing it lol. I loved how stupid the plot was but loved how great the nasty kills & gore were when I first saw this 20 or so years ago! James You really got the best ones in for this month didn’t you. I must say that I have enjoyed this Monster Madness very much & wonder how you will top it next year. As we all know, you are very talented & I can tell you appreciate your fan base by doing all this. Keep em coming buddy! Million thanks for having something cool to see instead of what’s on NBSucks, ASSenine Broadcasting , & FOX you over with their shitty ass programs :).

  • RandyPan

    October 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Was that Monique from Better Off Dead?

  • egreif

    October 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    This film is viewable on Netflix instant. In fact, a great many of these Cinemassacre Monster Madness 80’s-a-thon movies are on Netflix. Try them out in the search!

    James, it may help to mention if you can view some of these movies on online streaming services or not. This can help more people see some of these great and awful movies as well.

  • Desslok

    October 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Damn that looks awesome! It’s vexing that its not out on DVD – yet. The up shot is that Shout Factory just announced that they would be releasing the film in 2013, as part of their Scream Factory lineup!

    Sweet! They do great work!

  • psyonikx

    October 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    It’s like…..A GIANT BATTLESHIP!!

  • Kevin XI

    October 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    This is one I saw as a kid but never again. I never forgot the theme song, though. You used to be able to see cool movies like this on the SciFi channel in October, but they’re all fucked up now.

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    October 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    This one could gave me nightmares if it’s true you didn’t put all the best effects on.

  • mohanmania

    October 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Fantastic iv been waitin a long time for this review i had this as a kid n a few years ago i got a dvd copy on e-bay so if ur intersted in copy try there as i olso recomend this movie i still love after all these years

  • capnmorgan5150

    October 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I remember seeing this movies a couple decades ago, lol. I’m gonna download it and give it another watch. Pretty effed up movie if I remember correctly.

  • wagmarwigmir

    October 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Please do a video on Neon Maniacs. Its a perfect movie for this series.

  • Q306005

    October 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Hey James. I would love to see you do an AVGN review of Monster Party for the NES as a Halloween episode. I don’t care if it’s short like the old ’06 episodes, I just wanna see a new Halloween AVGN!

  • KesselRunPDX

    October 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Great review! I’m kind of surprised no one has mentioned Jonathan Gries was also Lazlo Hollyfeld in another 80’s classic, Real Genius.

  • Paulballsftw

    October 21, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I am watching this now from Netflix on my 40″ LED TV and it seems like it is streaming in HD cause it looks nice. It don’t seem too out of date and it kind of seems like it is just making fun of the 80’s rather then being a movie in the 80’s. I like the comedy to it. 15 mins of watching it and I am not bored nor do I want to stop watching it. Thanks James for showing me this.

  • leejonesbaby

    October 21, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I think I just watched this on Netflix recently, It was real bad but so so perfect.

  • likalaruku

    October 21, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks James. This looks right up my alley.

    You know what the monster looks like? Orange Chicken.

  • LordPindar

    October 21, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Really great, monster madness keeps getting better and better, it’s just awesome this year. And thanks for bringing the rubics cube back at the ending, it’s really 80s. I think you could even sell such a Cinemassacre themed rubics cube as merchendise

  • LordJason1986

    October 22, 2012 at 12:13 am

    awesome as always james. the look of this movie reminds me of many of those made for tv specials that you see around halloween. it also sort of reminds me of the 1992 movie Stay Tuned where the devil (Jeffrey Jones) beams 2 parents into the tv and they have to travel to different tv stations to survive and to free their souls. and of course their children are the ones who hasa to save them. Jeffrey Jones as the devil , now that’s pretty funny. hope to see more 80’s a thon in this years mmmmooonnnsssttteeeerrrrr mmmmaaadddnnneesssss!!!!!

  • LordJason1986

    October 22, 2012 at 12:15 am

    “hasa”? god I hate typos.

  • culwin

    October 22, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Wow, I’ve actually seen this and totally forgot about it!
    I think I saw it on Cinemax or something 20+ years ago

  • October 22, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Hey, James. You should review Hotel Transylvania. That movie seems right up your alley considering it’s got all the Universal monsters in it. I personally thought it was okay, but given how much you like them, I wanted to know your opinion on the movie.

    Also, this movie reminds me a little bit of the movie Stay Tuned with John Ritter. This family gets a new TV system and gets sucked in and it turns out the salesman was a demon or something (it’s the principal from Ferris Bueler) and they have to figure out how to get out while channel hopping. Like I said, it’s not that similar, but the setup kind of reminds me of Stay Tuned.

  • exploda

    October 22, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Every time I try to comment about the commercials it says there are banned words in my comment!

  • exploda

    October 22, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Why the censorship I cannot even mention a word that starts with F!

  • Anthony33

    October 22, 2012 at 3:17 am

    If you’re going to review ’80s horror movies with comedy elements, like Teen Wolf, you should include Killer Klowns From Outer Space and Night of the Creeps.

  • BrendanConcannon

    October 22, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Ok guys, let’s find out if James if the man.

    Video Dead – 1987

    C’mon. Video Dead. This year’s 80’s a-thon. You can do it. All in for that review. Video Dead. Here we go….

  • talsh

    October 22, 2012 at 9:47 am


  • Cineman

    October 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    You know how you may have a vague memory of something from your childhood that haunts you from time to time? Similar to James’ “Dragon in my Dreams?” Well for me, it was this movie. I could never find out the title and often wondered what the hell this was callled. I remember being freaked out by the ending because I hadn’t seen special effects like it before. Thanks so much James and Mike for posting this so I can re-watch the movie that was drilled into my childhood memories!

  • LordJason1986

    October 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    @Sameth – that’s extremely funny because I thought the same thing. Stay Tuned had a similar plot to this film. yeah it wasnt that great , but it was interesting. also , the dean from Ferris Bueler’s Day Off is the devil played by Jeffrey Jones. he was also the father in Beetlejuice.

  • October 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks to your review, i saw this movie yesterday…And it was very funny 😀
    Thank U dude !

  • tonyaj420

    October 22, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Thats the uncle from Napolean Dynamite

  • Brennon

    October 22, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Doing some digging on this title I came across this:
    “On September 14th, 2012, Shout Factory announced on Facebook that they would be releasing the film on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2013, as part of their Scream Factory lineup.”

    I can’t find it listed on their site, but there is hope. 😀

  • Brennon

    October 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    UPDATE: Okay I found the Official announcement from Scream Factory about the Release. Not much more but if makes it official. Here it is from their Facebook page:


    For the next couple of months on Fridays we’ll reveal a title planned for a future release which is part of a new licensing deal we struck. The first out of the crate are…TERRORVISION (1986) and THE NEST (1988)

    The highly-requested TERRORVISION has never been on DVD format before and THE NEST has never been released in a widescreen presentation. That will all change soon. 🙂 “

  • devsfan26

    October 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    James, thanks for putting these out this year. We all know you’ve been busy as hell with other projects, and we definitely appreciate the same detail and production quality you have put into your other work.

  • jake1497man

    October 22, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    that monster looks like E.Ts retarded brother lol

  • thiagosampaio

    October 23, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Thank you so much for doing this one! I watched this movie in early 90’s, here on Brazil (hostend on Tales of The Crypt… ate 3pm… I miss those days) and for some reason I loved this thing. Actually, the music got stucked in my head. Well, not like that: I remember that I loved the music, but didn’t remember it, like the movie’s title.

    When I saw you MM 80’s trailer, I saw this ‘Terrorvision’ thing and… bang! That was it. The first thing I did was check the theme on youtube. Good times. Again, thank you for this, James!

  • Kreta_TX

    October 23, 2012 at 9:13 am

    i love it when the Dad explains to the kids why the definion of” horror ” is holy .. of course the finale has nothing to do with it ..

  • capnmorgan5150

    October 23, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Watched this last night. Definitely going into my October movie stash!

  • Ome

    October 23, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Actually it’s set to come onto DVD in 2013

  • Jack Burton

    October 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I caught this on TCM one night but didnt think to DVD it

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 25, 2012 at 4:37 am

    That movie looks fun. Who plays the Dad? He looks familiar.

  • Logans Run

    October 25, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I was wondering when this movie was going to be reviewed. I remember seeing TerrorVision in the 80’s and I finally managed to find a copy of DVD around 10 years ago. The movie’s weird and campy, but in a good way and it’s just so 80’s. If you haven’t seen it, it’s defiantly worth looking out for.

  • October 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I have a buddy that does lets plays of Retro Games and some current ones you might find it interesting check it out if you want here his youtube channel,


  • February 18, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Watched it utube. Good idea. One of the only free ones. Did u guys ever see ‘Hobo with a Shotgun’? Goriest movie I’ve ever seen hands down.

  • October 20, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    isn’t the daughter the girl from better of dead?

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