Terrorvision – What did we Just Watch?!?

Join host Andrew as he tortures *ahem* engages guests by subjecting them to the weirdest, most mind-boggling films in existence (and sometimes he has the tables turned on him!). See what he has in store for his guinea pigs biweekly on What Did We Just Watch?!

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The film: TERRORVISION

The guest: Jon Bjorling

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Ah, the 80s. What a strange and wonderful, colorful and bizarre decade. One that brought us so many movies and musical acts fueled by big dreams and, more than likely, lots of cocaine.

One example of this is the 1986 film TERRORVISION. Produced by Empire International Pictures, the film is a strange distillation of a certain segment of American culture — a mutation of the nuclear family. The stage is an upper-middle-class family home that seems more swinging bachelor pad than a place to raise kids or care for the elderly. The family is made up of genre stalwarts (Gerrit Graham, Mary Woronov, Diane Franklin, and Jon Gries) whose performances border on the “Are you acting terribly on purpose?” Regardless, the performances aren’t without their own charm, phoned-in or otherwise.

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The tone of the film is goofy, with even the horrific elements played for laughs. Underlying it all is a satirization of American culture ranging from the over-privileged, over-sexed to (then contemporary) Reagan-era “Gung ho!” attitudes, to punk and metal caricatures — all of which amount to something Mad Magazine might have published as a comic, but are showcased here as a very strange and often funny film. Listen as Andrew and Jon discuss TERRORVISION.

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