TerrorVision, directed by Ted Nicolaou, 1986

The summer after my freshman year in college was a turning point for me as far as movies go. A buddy and I found an issue of Maxim that had a "50 Worst Movies Of All Time" list, and we thought it'd be funny to go through all of them. There were some films that belonged on the list (like Plan 9), but many that didn't (Timerider and Deathrace 2000 come to mind). Looking back, I think the author of that list just picked a bunch of "b-movies" that had outlandish plots.

As the summer went on, however, I began to transition from laughing at the movies we watched to being legitimately interested in them. (I would eventually complete that transition when I moved to Austin and started attending Weird Wednesday screenings on a weekly basis).

One of the last films I saw that summer was Terrorvision. It wasn't on the list, but I'd come across it in the video store while renting other movies on the list. The VHS box art looked great, and I was bummed to find out that the video store had actually lost its copy of the film: all they had left was the display box. Luckily, I was able to purchase a copy from - I believe - eBay. I don't remember how much it cost, but I remember that my friend and I ended up really loving the film.

And although I was worried that I wouldn't like the film as much now as I once did, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I ended up enjoying it. The movie is goofy as hell, but there's a fantastic (and rather large) creature design and two of cinema's worst (and most dementedly entertaining) parents. Well worth watching if you've never seen it, and worth revisiting if you have.
categories Features, Horror