Terror Squad (film)

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Terror Squad
Directed by Peter Maris
Produced by Peter Maris
Written by Chuck Rose
Mark Verheiden (story)
Starring Chuck Connors
Brodie Greer
Bill Calvert
Kerry Brennan
Kavi Raz
Joseph Nasser
Budge Threlkeld
Dennis Moynahan
Ken Foree
Music by Chuck Cirino
Edited by Jack Tucker
Distributed by Forum Home Video (Video Distributor)
Manson International (Theatrical Distributor)
Release date
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Terror Squad is a 1987 American film directed by Peter Maris and set in Kokomo, Indiana. The film is especially famous in Kokomo, where the majority of it was shot.

Plot[edit]

In Libya, a crowd is rallying at an anti-American speech. The crowd excitedly waves rifles and banners, while burning an American effigy. The movie then cuts to Kokomo, Indiana, showing a regular day at the old Kokomo High School (now Central Middle School). Several students are stuck in detention after school.

Four terrorists cross the Canada–US border, and they attempt to attack the Blackriver Nuclear Power Plant (a mythical power plant in Howard County, Indiana) with a car bomb. After this fails, the remaining three escape, pursued by several police cruisers. Chief Rawlings, the Kokomo Police Department police chief, played by Chuck Connors, is radioed, and he and the other officers join the chase. Two terrorists manage to survive and escape to Kokomo High School, where they hold the detention's students and teacher hostage. The Kokomo SWAT team surrounds the school, and Chief Rawlings attempts to negotiate the release of the hostages. Meanwhile, the terrorists kill several hostages that attempt to resist them. Chief Rawlings agrees to the terrorists' demand for a bus so they can get to an airport. The two terrorists drag a girl out with them, and they board the school bus. In the process, a boy running along the roof manages to jump on top of the school bus and tries to get in the bus as the terrorists lead the police on a high-speed car chase.

Eventually, the bus tips over. The lone surviving terrorist attempts to kill himself and the girl by pulling the pin on a grenade. The boy knocks him out, and he and the girl manage to escape from the bus before the grenade explodes.

Terror Squad and Kokomo[edit]

The majority of the film was shot in Kokomo, Indiana, save for the opening scene (shot in Istanbul), and some parts in Michigan City, Indiana.[1] Although most of the major characters were professional actors, many residents of Kokomo were hired to work as extras or assistants on the set. Kokomo residents will notice that the paths of the car chases do not make sense; as in most films, scenes were stitched together after filming.

The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library keeps two copies specifically for their genealogy department.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amazon.com listing for Terror Squad
  2. ^ Kokomo-Howard County Public Library on-line catalog

External links[edit]