Written by: George Pacheco on March 24th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, June 25th, 1992
Director: Ted Nicolau
Writer: Jackson Barr
Cast: Martha Quinn, Robert Factor, Aaron Lustig
DVD Release Date: March 17th, 2014
Approximate Running Time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 full frame
Rating: 15 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: 88 Films
Region Encoding: Regions 0 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £10.30
Bad Channels was a lightweight horror flick which was released direct-to-video back in the early nineties by Full Moon Features. This film is a throwback of sorts to the quaint drive in flicks of yore, while at the same time serving as an advertising tool for Full Moon’s then-record label Moonstone via a number of music video montages which really seem wedged into this tale of alien invaders and their quest to hypnotize and entrap all of the town’s beautiful women.
Speaking of beautiful women, former MTV VJ Martha Quinn is probably the most valid selling point here with Bad Channels, playing the spunky and independent news reporter in one of her few starring roles as an actress. Quinn has an imminent likability around her, and she plays off well against her co-star Paul Hipp as shock rock DJ Dan O’Dare, who are among the first to uncover the alien conspiracy.
The special effects are decent by Full Moon’s low budget standards, as is the heavy metal soundtrack from famed science fiction rockers Blue Oyster Cult. It’s the aforementioned “music video” segments which really pull viewers out of what’s going on in the film, and into whatever band Full Moon were plugging at the time for their record label. Still, there’s a kitsch value afforded to these scenes indicative of those oh-so awkward early nineties which makes Bad Channels a fun relic of those youthful trips to the video store.
88 Films present Bad Channels in a standard full frame presentation which preserves the film’s original home video aspect ratio. Picture quality is sharp, and the soundtrack is crisp and clear. Extras include the original “Videozone” featurette for the film, as well as the original trailer. Overall, Bad Channels receives a basic presentation from 88 Films.