|Directed by||Ted Nicolaou|
|Produced by||Albert Band
|Written by||Charles Band
|Music by||Richard Band
|Editing by||Thomas Meshelski|
|Distributed by||Empire Pictures|
|Release dates||February 14, 1986 (USA)
April 6, 1986 (UK)
July 17, 1986 (Australia)
|Running time||83 min.|
The film was directed by Ted Nicolaou, produced and written by Albert and Charles Band and composed by Richard Band, all of whom would go on to found and work with Full Moon Features in 1989. TerrorVision was made by Empire International Pictures, the production company owned by Charles Band prior to Full Moon.
When Stanley Putterman installs a brand new, "cheapest model available" satellite dish in his backyard, his family ends up getting "a lot more than just ESPN". Unfortunately for Stanley, his satellite is a perfect receptor for a load of extraterrestrial energy-garbage that just happened to be a converted mutant, zapped into his backyard: a hideous, two-ton alien blob with a never-ending appetite.
Only Sherman Putterman sees the menace of the alien. Try as he might to warn his family, Mom and Dad are too busy Swinging with another couple and his "totally 80s" sister Suzy is going out on a date with her heavy metal boyfriend "O.D." That is, until the alien creature materializes out of their boob-tube and gobbles up Mom and Dad. Sherman is forced to recruit his sister, his psychotic lizard-loving Grampa, and the busty late night horror host Medusa, to bring an end to the beast's homicidal smorgasbord. In the end, the mutant wins, devouring the entire family, and, presumably, all of the Earth.
- 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
- Frank Welker as Hungry Beast Alien (voice)
The soundtrack to the film was released on Restless Records in 1986.
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.
The track listing was as follows::
- "TerrorVision" - The Fibonaccis
- "The Friends of Crime" - The Fibonaccis
- "Sack of Suit Suite" - The Fibonaccis
- "Advice to a Mutant" - The Fibonaccis
- "He Can't Stop Laughing" - The Fibonaccis
- Space Garbage
- Norton's Theme
- The Monster Materializes
- Gramps Bites the Big One
- Pluthar and the Kids
- Monster Attacks Sherman
- Spiro Gets Giacuzzed
- Bomb Shelter
- Officer Nupky's Bad Timing
- Susie and Sherman
- Good Morning All
The film was given a limited release theatrically in the United States by Empire Pictures in February 1986. It grossed $320,256 at the box office. The film received extremely negative reviews from critics, upon theatrical release. It currently holds a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
As of December 10, 2010, the movie is available on the Netflix Streaming platform.
Despite the connections to distributor Full Moon Features, TerrorVision will not be released on DVD until 2013, 27 years after its theatrical release. On September 14, 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. A DVD/Blu-Ray double feature of Terrorvision/The Video Dead was released 02/19/2013.
- "Terrorvision". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09.