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Terrorgram (1990)

R | | Horror | 1990 (USA)
Three horror stories linked by a sinister delivery boy. The stories are "Heroine Overdose", "Pandora" and "Veteran's Day".

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Stephen M. Kienzle
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Credited cast:
James Earl Jones ... Retribution (voice)
Steven Field Steven Field ... The Delivery Man
J.T. Wallace J.T. Wallace ... Eric Keller
Jerry Anderson Jerry Anderson ... Alan Smythee
Linda Carol Toner Linda Carol Toner ... Angela Pandorus
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Alan Chris Alan ... Keller's Friend
Michael Andrews Michael Andrews ... Escaping Prisoner of War
Michael Anson Michael Anson ... American Patrol
Hediye Avci Hediye Avci ... Novotny's Sister
Jerry Baxter Jerry Baxter ... Prisoner of War
Gretchen Becker ... Mornel
Lance Benjamin Lance Benjamin ... 1st Executive
Bill Brinsfield Bill Brinsfield ... Novotny's Father
Robert Campbell Robert Campbell ... American Patrol
Thomas B. Capp Thomas B. Capp ... Greg the Cameraman
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Horror anthology in which a demonic delivery boy brings three packages from hell to three people who wholeheartedly deserve them. In "Heroine Overdose", a sleazy misogynistic sexploitation filmmaker named Alan Smythee overdoses on heroin. Ironically, this somehow transports him into one of his films where he becomes the target of his own vengeful heroines. In "Pandora", a woman named Angela Pandorus runs over a kid by accident and, with no witnesses around, flees the crime scene. The delivery boy visits her and gives her a special jack in the box from hell. In "Veteran's Day", a middle-aged cynical draft dodger called Eric Keller is on a downward spiral thanks to his bad temper and overall attitude. On Veterans Day, a holiday that drunk Keller makes fun of, his college buddy, Novotny, who went M.I.A. three decades ago in Vietnam, appears to Keller to take him back to Vietnam hell and let him experience the fate of him and his butchered comrades for himself. James Earl Jones also stars...

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When your past becomes a present... Terror will reign.

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence, language, sensuality, and drug content. | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1990 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The names of the main characters are puns. Alan Smythee is a play on the name Alan Smithee, which is the official pseudonym used by film directors who wish to disown a project. Angela Pandorus is inspired by Pandora from the Greek myth about Pandora's Box. According to the myth, Pandora was the first human created by the Greek Gods. Out of curiosity, she opened a forbidden box that contained evil, inadvertently unleashing it upon the world. See more »

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15 December 2016 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

James Earl Jones's rambling narration for the beginning of obscure '80s anthology Terrorgram is so meaningless that one can only hope that it was intended as a parody of Rod Serling's introductions for The Twilight Zone.

Jones is only slightly less incomprehensible as he introduces three tales of the macabre, linked by the device of a supernatural delivery man, starting with

Heroine Overdose, which stars Jerry Anderson as Alan Smythee, a director of sexist B-movies who, after receiving a package from the delivery man, finds himself trapped in a nightmare based on his films where he is the 'bimbo'. This story starts off fine form, with a mohawked maniac in a gimp suit terrorising a topless tart with a massive power-drill (to prove how insane he is, the cackling leather-clad loony pushes the drill bit through his own hand! Cool beans!). Unfortunately, this scene turns out to be a 'movie within the movie', one of Smythee's proud productions, and much of what follows is utter tosh, with the misandristic female characters that hound poor Alan being irritating in the extreme. Thankfully, the story concludes with the reappearance of the gimp-killer, who cuts off his own fingers with an electric carving knife.

Tale number two, Pandora, is more enjoyable, although it is rather derivative of the classic Twilight Zone episode, The Hitch-Hiker. In this story, news anchor woman Angela Pandorus (Linda Carol Toner) is involved in a hit and run, her victim a young boy. To her horror, she is delivered the toy he was holding when hit, a Jack-in-a-box, after which she suffers nightmarish visions of her victim's horribly mutilated body. Toner obliges with some welcome gratuitous nudity while an EC-style payoff rounds off matters satisfyingly.

The final tale, Veteran's Day, also seems inspired by a Twilight Zone story-'Time Out' from the 1982 TZ movie (which itself was based on an episode of the TV series). J.T. Wallace plays asshole Eric Keller, who, in 1968, was responsible for getting draft dodger Novotny (Michael Hartson) sent to fight in Vietnam, where he consequently died. Twenty years later, Novotny's journal is delivered to Keller's home, followed by the appearance of the dead soldier himself, who subjects Keller to the horrors of war. This story benefits from some neat makeup FX, with the decomposing Novotny and a slit throat effect being very impressive for such a low budget film.

As with most anthologies, the overall movie is a mixed bag: the first story is a dud, and the lack of originality in the other two does detract slightly from one's enjoyment, but there is still enough to make it worthwhile for fans of the portmanteau format.

5.5 out of 10, rounded up to 6 for IMDb.


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