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Remote Control (1988)

A video store clerk stumbles onto an alien plot to take over earth by brainwashing people with a bad '50s science fiction movie. He and his friends race to stop the aliens before the tapes ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Dillon ... Cosmo
Deborah Goodrich ... Belinda Watson
Christopher Wynne Christopher Wynne ... Georgie
Frank Beddor ... Victor
Jennifer Tilly ... Allegra James
Kaaren Lee ... Patricia
Bert Remsen ... Bill Denver
Jamie McEnnan Jamie McEnnan ... Matthew (as Jaime McEnnan)
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Jennifer Buchanan Jennifer Buchanan ... Julia Bard
Deborah Downey Deborah Downey ... Eva
Will Nye ... Milo
Marilyn Adams Marilyn Adams ... Neighbor #1
Dick Warlock ... Mr. James (as Richard Warlock)
Ann Walker ... Mrs. James
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A video store clerk stumbles onto an alien plot to take over earth by brainwashing people with a bad '50s science fiction movie. He and his friends race to stop the aliens before the tapes can be distributed world-wide and their only weapon is a special remote control. Written by Andy Bogursky <bogursky@erols.com>

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As close to home as your VCR. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Control remoto See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Vista Organization See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Jamie McEnnan was cast because of his remarkable resemblance to Jeff Lieberman when Lieberman was eight years old. See more »

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References The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) See more »

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Written by Wells Christie
Published by Tyrell-Mann Music Corp.
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Aliens in your VCR. No really!
27 March 2004 | by df_azSee all my reviews

A cheesy yet very fun horror/sci-fi flick with a great deal of nostalgia permeating every frame. The movie itself is an 80's look back on a warped sci-fi version of the 50's, which sounds strange but works well. It must be remembered that around the time this movie was made, there was a fad for all things 50's and retro, and "Remote Control" makes nostalgic fun of that trend, while also being part of it. Video stores were still mostly independently owned in those days and were sweeping the country, so the writers here took the old "aliens invade earth" scenario and use the VCR growth as a means in which the aliens can infiltrate and infect the human population. How so? Well, whoever watches the video will become hypnotized/entranced/controlled by the secret message, and will turn into a crazed murderous freak! You all of the sudden have this sudden urge to kill anyone around you! Still, it's not as gruesome or bad as it sounds, and is instead a great deal of fun. Kevin Dillon (who starred later in the '88 version of "The Blob") isn't the best actor, and neither is anyone else in this flick, but that strangely adds to the charm. It's cheesy, it's meant to be cheesy, and all these years later it's even better - because now it's nostalgic 80's cheese. Love it!


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