on April 5, 2013
It's about damn time that TerrorVision got the release it deserved. And this is it. Gerrit Graham and Mary Woronov are perfect as the swinging Puttermans, always on the lookout for the newest fad, including a brand new satellite dish that unfortunately picks up not only the local cable channels but a recently disposed creature from space. The hideous creature begins devouring the Puttermans, sometimes creepily taking over their personalities. Can the kids along with a helpful alien save the world? With the outrageous set design, kooky dialogue and other awesome cast members like Better Off Dead's Diane Franklin as the daughter and Bert Remsen as the grandfather, this is real B-movie gold. I was lucky enough to see this one in the theaters! The bonus features are abundant with interviews, commentaries and photos.
The Video Dead is a notch below the wonderful TerrorVision, about an old tv set that brings zombies into this dimension. Although the concept was good, the execution comes off a little shoddy. Overall, it kept my interest but pales next to the colorful and quirky TerrorVision.
A good double feature, but I must admit I bought this for TerrorVision!
on April 24, 2013
I actually got this to get Video Dead, and to my surprise Terror Vision ends up being equally as good if not better! Both are very cheesy and fun to watch. Terror Vision has less horror and plays more like a bizarre Weird Science style film with vibrant colors and extreme stereotype characters. A fairly wealthy swinger couple for parents, a wacky survivalist grandfather, a valley girl punk rock daughter along with her metal head boyfriend and her younger brother who is the most grounded character in the film face-off against an alien "pet" who accidentally gets slingshot to Earth instead of incinerated and beams into their dish and through their TV. Video Dead is a weird Horror film about a couple kids cleaning a newly bought house for their parents only to have this old beat-up TV left in the attic become a gateway for ZOMBIES! A very interesting twist on a zombie film, from the way they act to the way to destroy or get rid of them... not your average zombie movie! The bonus features are very good, especially for Terror Vision and picture quality is pretty good considering. This certainly has been one of, if not the best blu-ray i have bought recently with a high fun factor.
on June 7, 2015
Terror Vision is a great romp through low budget, campy, comedic, ridiculous horror films of the 80's. Not a horror film to take seriously, but to enjoy for what it is. It's obvious the film makers wanted to make a over the top comedy horror film that exaggerated the culture of the 80's. Everything here is a caricature and amplified of that time. It's just silly fun and a great one to watch with friends at a party! Great Blu transfer! I also think this is the film that Disney got the idea for Stitch.
The Video Dead
I like this film a lot and I'm not sure why. It's one we use to rent back in the day and it always entertained us. Even then I knew the film was pretty horrible in the acting and story department, but we all still loved it. After a viewing it on Blu and not seeing it for probably 20 years, my opinion is still the same. There is just something about the zombies that are cool and fun to watch. They kind of make up for everything else that's wrong. The story really makes no since and follows no known zombie lore. These guys just start coming out of a TV set that appears to be cursed or possessed and terrorize a small neighborhood. The main characters can't seem to figure out how to kill them and resort to using a kids bow and arrow set to sling arrows into their torsos. For some unknown reason, this neutralize them for a bit, but does not kill them. It's the funniest thing to watch them shoot the arrows into the zombies and they fall and just wither around for a bit. There is also a bizarre scene that has the kid turning on the TV and a beautiful woman appears to him, coming from the TV into reality, and starts to undress and have sex. She gets pulled back into the TV, and the kid sees a guy come up from behind and slits her throat. The guy then starts talking to the kid from the TV telling him about the zombies and that his name is The Garbage Man and he hunts the zombies. It's such a strange scene because it never figures back into the movie. You never see The Garbage Man again and you're left with that wtf felling. It really is something you'd see in a David Lunch film.
The acting is also something left to be desired. It's pretty obvious that most of the cast were not professional actors, or if they were, had very little training and no natural talent. Some of the lines and delivery is cringe worthy, especially from the kid and his neighbor girlfriend.
Still with all that, I really like this film. It's just got something entertaining about it that I can't explain and I'm glad I bought this on Blu!
on April 1, 2013
Sorry for the inconveniance, just a review of "Terror Vision" !
I bought the Terror Vision/The Video Dead DVD/Blu-Ray combo mainly for Terror Vision. A b-rated horror/comedy from the 1980's that was a personal favorite of mine as I still have a VHS copy of it.
In a nutshell, the film is about a space monster that is accidently transported to earth via a unsuspecting family's satellite dish. However, the real highlight of the film isn't the monster, but the wacky cast of humans especially the very, disfunctional Putterman family. The swinger parents, gung-ho military grandpa, Cindy Lauper look-a-like valley girl Suzy (played brilliantly by actress, Diane Franklin), Suzy's boyfriend, a heavy metal clad "O.D." (played by John Gries AKA Uncle Rico from "Napolean Dynamite") and the brave, little hero Sherman (played by a very young Chad Allen who later played a sheriff in the "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman" TV series). As I found out from writer/director Ted Nicolaou who stated in his commentary & special features interview, the film was bashed by critics & the general audience on its initial release, but developed sort of a cult following later after its home video release. Simply the type of film that you either love or hate!
Both the Blu-Ray & DVD look fantastic as both feature films are presented in widescreen 1.78:1 anamorphic transfers. Dolby Digital Audio for the DVD & DTS HD audio for the Blu-Ray. Both feature films on each disc (DVD & Blu-Ray). The special features are identical for both the DVD & Blu-Ray. I posted images of my set above.
For Special Features, Terror Vision has a full-feature length commentary with writer/director Ted Nicolaou, actress Diane Franklin (Suzy Putterman) and actor John Greis (O.D.). Besides all three commentators' personal experiences with the film that are discussed, most of the commentary is screen specific as all three participants pretty much talk about each scene as it goes.
A 34-minute behind the scenes & making of featurette is also included as we get the usual director, cast & crew interviews with some behind the scenes stills & video clips. We get current video interviews from writer/director Ted Nicolaou, actresses Diane Franklin (Suzy Putterman) & Mary Woonov (Racquel Putterman), actors John Greis (O.D.) & Chad Allen (Sherman Putterman) and many others. It was interesting to note the following;
Entire film was shot in location just outside of Rome, Italy with a predominately American cast, but predominately Italian film crew.
Chad Allen was only about nine years old in the film, but his concerned, religious parents viewed the set and had mild complaints about the numerous erotic, nude paintings that dominated the interiors of the Putterman household set.
According to the director, Belinda Carlisle was a cast consideration for the role of Suzy Putterman & Harry Shearer for the role of the father, Stanley Putterman, but both were either not interested in the roles or were unavailable.
Frank Zappa was a consideration to score the film's music, but was either unavailable or not interested so Richard Band, scored the film instead & a L.A. rock-band called "The Fibonaccis" performed the "Terror Vision" theme song.
Actress Mary Woonov was originally casted to play the late night TV show vixen "Medusa", but insisted on playing the mother, Racquel Putterman instead.
The special features conclude with a photo gallery consisting about twenty photos of cast/crew shots & multiple Theatrical posters (some international).
on August 27, 2014
If you thought TV was horrifying before, it'[s not brainwashing you have to worry about, but monsters! "People of Earth, your planet is about to be destroyed, sorry for the inconvenience." "The Do-It-yourself 100 picks up everything from... Everywhere!" "Look what's buried inside your television." From the creator(s) of Re-Animator, Puppet Master, & Cellar Dweller, comes Terrorvision.
Terrorvision- plot: A creature from another world-the pet of an extraterrestrial, has its atoms launched through space. The Puttermans have a new satellite & TV set. The satellite picks up the monsters atoms, & soon the creature begins consumption...
The Video Dead- plot: A new family has moved in to an old house, where a man was murdered by his TV set, which unleashed zombies! Well, soon the zombies are back...
Terrorvision- A goofy looking, slimy beast, with an array of tentacles, a claw, an eye stalk, two mouths, & did I mention lots of slime?
The Video Dead- Iron-head zombie, zombie bride, punk zombie, half skull zombie, half zombie, & another one.
Terrorvision- Our Victims:
Chad Allen as Sherman Putterman
Diane Franklin as Suzy Putterman
Mary Woronov as Raquel Putterman
Gerrit Graham as Stanley Putterman
Bert Remsen as Grampa Putterman
Jon Gries as O.D.
Jennifer Richards as Medusa
Alejandro Rey as Spiro
Randi Brooks as Cherry
The Video Dead-Our Victims:
Michael St. Michaels (Henry Jordan)
Thaddeus Golas (Deliveryman #1)
Douglas Bell (Deliveryman #2)
Al Millan (Taxi Driver/Undead Ironhead)
Roxanna Augesen (Zoe Blair)
Lory Ringuette (Mover #1/Undead Half Creeper)
George Kernan (Mover #2)
Rocky Duvall (Jeff Blair)
Sam David McClelland (Joshua Daniels)
Jennifer Miro (The Woman)
Vickie Bastel (April Ellison)
Libby Russler (Maria)
Garrett Dressler (Mr. Ellison)
Melissa Martin (B-Movie Housewife)
Cliff Watts (The Garbageman)
Terrorvision: Is a fun little gooey creature feature, from 1986. It's not meant to be taken very seriously, & lets you know to just laugh along, & go with it. The monster was designed to be odd, wacky, goofy, & ridiculous on purpose. The monster fits the tone of the film, & is pretty well made. The gore & slime effects also are well done. The film is wild, & everything is tongue in cheek. The acting is decent, the dialogue is okay, the characters are likeable, wacky, & over the top. The writing is decent, & everything else is pretty well done. In addition to Richard Band's original score, several songs (including the movie's theme) were contributed by Los Angeles art rock band The Fibonaccis. TerrorVision was hoped to bring more attention to the group, but the movie (and ultimately the soundtrack) failed. Now out of print, a copy of the soundtrack is considered to be slightly valuable. Speaking of which the score, & songs are pretty cool. Te effects were done by John Carl Beauchlar.
The Video Dead: While also tongue in cheek, Video Dead sorta fails a tad. The film drags on, & the characters are dull, but likeable. However for the most part the dialogue is awful, & the writing varies. The gore effects vary as well, from good to decent, to dull. For a film about zombies, there isn't much gore either. However, the zombie makeup looks pretty good, though it is stiff. The film totters around, & feels unbalanced. It's still enjoyable, but to a certain degree. Terrorvision is definitely better.
The hardcore punk band, The Video Dead, took their name from this movie.
The hardcore/noise punk band Saul Turteltaub has a song called "The Video Dead" off of their split CD with Agathocles, Night Train To Terror (2007).
Episode 6 of "Doc Mock's Movie Mausoleum" reviews this movie.
The film use to show during USA'S Saturday Nightmares in the 80's and 90's
Actor Jack Stellman would get so into his zombie role that he wouldn't talk to his other cast members, he would instead glare at them from across the room or grunt when they spoke to him. All of the zombies in the film had to audition for their roles by grunting/growling and performing their best zombie walk which were then incorporated into the finished film. Mr. Stellman came into his audition completely silent and in character, staring at the director with his "glare" and only delivering inaudible noises when asked questions. He was cast on the spot.
During filming, actor Jack Stellman who portrayed the undead "Jack" fell ill and the role was then filled by actor Michael St. Michaels who finished the film as the zombie. You can see a noticeable difference in Jack's appearance from the beginning of the film, compared to the end.
Filming for the film took over a year since it was shot mostly on weekends and during the cast/crew's free time due to the low budget.
While filming the infamous coming out of the television scene, actor Jack Stellman nearly fainted from breathing in the Co2 used to create the fog effect and had to be taken outside for air.
After the film was finished, the distributor thought it wasn't gory enough for a zombie film and gave the production team additional funds to go back and shoot some gory bits that they could edit into the film.Originally, when the Half Creeper is sawed in half, his legs were supposed to get up and run off - an effect later utilized in Return of the Living Dead Part II - the effect wasn't pulled off to the satisfactory of the director so it was cut from the final film when the additional gore shots were done. The film was originally meant to have about 14 zombies spew from the cursed television set, all of which were developed characters that had written backgrounds that only the actors portraying them would know. Due to budget constraints and the demand of having grotesque zombies with full latex appliance pieces - the number of zombies was dwindled down to the main five but a sixth was added later in the production when more money was given.Young actor Rocky Duvall was only 16 while making this film and was still in high school. He was actually told by his drama teacher, that he wasn't right for the role before bringing him and several of his class mates to the casting call. His teacher, needless to say, was shocked when he landed the part. A sequel was written for the film, but never materialized. It was to do with a victim instead being pulled into the television set, rather than the zombies coming out, and having to find a way out before the film ended. Director Robert Scott wanted a lot more zombie action, and far more zombies than in his original film but was offered the same budget as the first to make the sequel - he declined and a sequel has yet to come to fruition. In the original draft of the script, the origin of "The Woman" was explained by the Garbageman and Joshua Daniels but was later removed in subsequent drafts due to the director/writer realizing there was no need to explain her character - she was just another illusion of the cursed TV.
Terrorvision is a great, fun, campy, horror-comedy, & really deserved the attention it got from Shout Factory. The Video Dead is rather dull, but still as some fun-campy moments. Personally I recommend Terrorvision more, it's short, & better crafted.
Terrorvision: DVD & BluRay Rating-5/5 Film Rating 5/5
The Video Dead: DVD & BluRay Rating 5/5 Film Rating 2.9/5
Video Dead Trailer
on March 31, 2015
Terror Vision was a multi genre movie that some viewers just won't get, I didn't know it was created by the makers of Troll and if I had, my hesitation would've vanished instantly, yes, I like Troll, but not the sequel. A character actor cast, simple special effects and a simple storyline that has too much adult innuendo for kids, though nowadays, it may seem a lot more tame.
Video Dead was about average, never was a zombie fan, but this one didn't take itself too seriously which made it work better for me. Apparently not every commentor watched both of these back to back, I watched them backwards, I admit. Shout/ Scream Factory needs to do this with many other forgotten gems, but we'll see.
on February 23, 2013
In my quest (I guess you could call it that) for some cult 1980s horror, I've come across quite a few of the same names over and over (Night of the Creeps, Sleepaway Camp, The Evil Dead, etc.) But, two names have come up very few times: "TerrorVision" and "The Video Dead". I read brief synopses for both movies and wondered why these weren't just a little more popular. They both seemed to have some interesting ideas (both having monsters of some sort being able to come to the real world through television). After seeing both on YouTube (lucky to find them there), I was sold on both of them. Then came my second question: why don't these have a proper release on home video?
This was around the time I started to hear about Shout! Factory's new branch, Scream! Factory. Being curious, I looked up what was to come from them and to my joy, saw that they planned a release of these two movies. Five months later, I was able to sit down and watch these two again, the way they were meant to be seen: on a nice TV with a widescreen transfer. It's nothing less than awesome retro horror and even though the films could very well fit into the "so-bad-they're-good" category, they're well worth the buy. There's a lot of great bonuses as well, and though I don't like blu-rays, the transfer for both movies on that is another welcome bonus.
Highly recommended. Don't miss out.
on March 22, 2013
I got this mostly for video dead, although I have seen Terrorvision years ago too. I actually liked Video Dead alot, which made me pick up this blu-ray combo deal. I haven't seen terror Vision again, although I do remember not caring for it too much. My friend watched terrorvision when he borrowed this combo from me, and he didn't care for it either. I wish they wudda found a better movie to put with this double pack, but i will give Terrorvision another chance and view it again.
The transfer on the blu-ray for video dead is a little grainy, but it's the only edition to buy besides the VHS.
I read on here peope say they are having problems with the DVD, saying video dead skips towards the end of the movie. I ended up watching my DVD copy of Video Dead, along with the blu-ray, and my DVD copy dosen't skip at all. Perhaps some of these were like this, and some were not. I can only confirm my DVD copy of the video Dead plays great, along with the blu-ray.
on August 8, 2014
Terrorvision is a huge favorite from my childhood. It's fun, it's stupid, and it's pure guilty pleasure '80s camp. As for The Video Dead, I had never heard of it before purchasing this double feature, but I'm so glad it was included. It instantly became one of my top ten favorite zombie films. Not only was it hilariously cheesy, but at a point it became surprisingly scary. For a film about a cursed television set that spews zombies to conjure nightmares truly takes some talent.
on May 24, 2015
Okay,...So to start off, this is a great set for a great price. But with that said it seems that the previous review kind of sum up what usually happens for those who purchase this double feature. You dig either one or the other, In my case Terror vision is the main contender! A Brilliant lost dark comedy/horror gem that delivers on various levels. It's brilliantly and ridiculously 80's...With characters you just love to hate! materialistic,rich swinger parents, a senile yet hilarious Grandpa, A Daughter who obviously watched WAAAAAY too much MTV (has a boy friend named OD) and a son who is obsessed with the army. Well maybe the kids aren't so bad. But the plot is pretty crazy and I'm sure someone else will get into that. But I'll say terror vision is worth the price of the whole set and the bonus features are cool as well, I guess my only complaint with this set is the video dead...now i LOVE zombie movies...I even go out of my way to track down the really bad low budget ones (I don't mean the good indie one's i mean abysmal nonsense-but so bad they are good or just comical) but this movie just lacked in every aspect...the acting was literally the most lifeless attempts I've ever seen....and the plot line is pretty stupid. I respect lower budget movies because it usually means they have to just try harder...But this....I can't imagine there was much thought or effort put into this....