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B-Sides: Filmed in TerrorVision

By Steve Barton
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Warning: If you listen to this B-Sides, it will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. You will find yourself humming it. You will hear it in your sleep. It will echo around in your brain non-stop. You will experience TerrorVision.

Back in the 1980’s, before 90% of his productions were built specifically around pint-sized puppet killers or killer puppet-sized critters primarily designed to sell models, replicas, and action figures of later on, Charles Band wrote, directed, and executive produced some pretty inventive b-movies that even with their low budgets look like big budget special effects blockbusters compared to most of his modern output.

Such a movie was Ted Nicolau’s TerrorVision. Produced by Band’s Empire Pictures and starring Diane Franklin, Mary Woronov, and Gerrit Graham, the sci-fi horror comedy got in on this burgeoning new technology of the time called satellite television by crafting a wacky story of a dysfunctional family being terrorized by an alien trash monster beaming about outer space that inadvertently gets transmitted into their house via the dad’s swanky new satellite dish. Though the film has earned a following, it has never really reached the heights of true cult status like so many other b-movies of the day.

That said, one thing that does make TerrorVision truly memorable is its distinct theme song heard during both the opening and closing credits. The Fibonaccis were an avant-garde 80’s punk band with their own distinct sound, and that sound is very much on display in their “TerrorVision” title track.

Last warning: This song will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

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