Horrorfest 2020 Presents: Bad Channels (1992, Ted Nicolaou)


Made during Full Moon Features’ 1990s DTV craze, Bad Channels is cheesy, dumb, and mostly fun. This movie works despite it’s obvious limitations, and I was never bored even when I was rolling my eyes at how silly this movie really is at times. The alien creature alone is ridiculous enough, yet so is the movie’s “plot.”

Dan (Paul Hipp) is a loser DJ who is in love with Lisa (Martha Quinn), a reporter who refuses to give him even the time of day. Ah, young romantic sci-fi horror movie complications. An alien shows up, kills some poor cameraman and then takes over the studio Dan works at. This alien then uses the power of rock via the studio’s radio broadcast to steal women and kidnap them! Bad horny alien, bad!

That is about it for the plot, which is outlandish and an excuse for Blue Oyster Cult to show up, rocking nuns and lots of women dancing. For the viewers enjoyment, apparently. The two leads are ok together, yet Lisa could do much better, that’s for sure. 7/10, I say check this out for maximum 90s cheese that doesn’t exist anymore.

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