Terror Squad


Action / Horror / Thriller

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Shailar Coby Photo
Shailar Coby as Chief Rawlings
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Ken Foree as Deputy Brown
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854.71 MB
English 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 32 min
P/S 4 / 18
1.55 GB
English 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 32 min
P/S 8 / 31

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Reviewed by schmigrex10 / 10

Dreadful! But in a good way.

This is a tremendously bad thriller from the late 80s, and the dating shows. The bad guys are cartoon caricatures of Libyans. They cross the US-Canadian border into Indiana (think about it) and immediately fail to blow up a nuclear reactor in Kokomo. What follows is the longest sustained car chase I know of (35 minutes),with old cars, abandoned factories, and other unwanted props getting blown to hell with rocket launchers. Finally, they take over a high school during detention hours (described by one terrorist as a "steenky place!"). It's "Breakfast Club" meets "Die Hard" then, as jocks and nerds band together to defeat the baddies. Meanwhile, the police and SWAT teams led by Chuck Conners surround the school and proceed to do nothing, even when the terrorists' numbers are reduced to two and clear headshots present themselves repeatedly. Finally, it's a mad dash for freedom as the terrorists and their pretty-girl hostage board a Ford Bluebird school bus and head for the airport. But is it a big Bluebird after all? The final set of exciting stunts wouldn't work with a full-size bus, so it miraculously (and VERY clearly) transforms into a Hoekstra minibus halfway through the chase.

I've said enough -- this is an overlooked classic.

Reviewed by tarbosh220004 / 10

If you're willing to forgive all its odd mistakes, it might be worth a one-time watch.

Terrorists from Libya come to the United States - Kokomo, Indiana, to be precise, because they have an eye on the Blackriver Nuclear Plant. Presumably they want to blow it up in an act of terror. But not on Chief Rawlings' (Connors) watch. Along with his right-hand man Dep. Brown (Foree),they chase the baddies all over town, until, for a reason that still isn't entirely clear, they end up at Hoosier High School and break into the detention room.

Staying after school that day is a textbook (no pun intended) array of high school stereotypes: The cool dude, Johnny Dylan (Calvert),the cheerleader, Jennifer (Wall),the jock, the nerd, the "regular girl", Larissa (Lisa Beth Ross),and the "space case". Along with the teacher, Mr. Nero (the interestingly-named Budge Threlkeld),of course. What follows is your standard hostage drama as Connors and one of the terrorists battle over negotiations while the audience can't tell what distance they are from each other. Will the bad guys leave Kokomo alive? What's fascinating about collecting VHS tapes from the golden age of the video store are the random remnants of history you'll find. For example, on the back of the box for Terror Squad (released by Forum Home Video in 1988),is the following headline: "A Terrorist Attack in the United States - They Said it Could Never Happen...They Were Wrong." In this post-9/11 world, where we all live with the threat of terror on a daily basis, and we're constantly hearing about foiled (and, sadly, sometimes not foiled) terror attacks, this headline is of particular note. As if that wasn't enough, the first sentence of the description goes thus: "The threats of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi become a bloody reality in this explosive film of terrorist action." It's like it was ripped from the headlines! If only old Muammar had seen Terror Squad, his fate might have been different...

Continuing with the treasure trove that is the back of the VHS box, there's a quote: "While Terror Squad owes much to Red Dawn (1984) and Invasion U.S.A. (1985)., it's actually far superior to either". This according to the N.Y. Daily News, apparently. Assuming this quote is real and not taken out of context, whoever wrote it is as wrong as a doornail. Yeah, that's the ticket. What this movie really is, is a cross between The Breakfast Club (1985) and the later Dolph vehicle Detention (2003). And the fact that there's an extremely long, drawn out car chase in the middle recalls The Big Sweat (1991). The reason the chase is so long is because the movie, with its one-dimensional characters and wafer-thin plot that adds nothing new to the hostage drama genre, can't fill out its 90 minute running time.

As far as some of the characters go, Johnny and the school janitor, Gus, have jam sessions on guitar in the janitor's basement (with a crudely painted sign declaring it "Gus's Headquarters", as if it's some kind of cool club). As they both play unlistenable simultaneous solos (which sound like a keyboard, as their finger movements don't even come close to matching during this cacophony) - there's actually a crowd of students watching this! And when they're done, they clap! I know this happens at school all the time, but Johnny Dylan is one rockin' dude with a bad attitude. As far as the nerd character (not sure of his official name, possibly "Dinkle"),he's s not just your classic glasses-wearing, voice-cracking, technology-having dork. He only uses his smarts to see leotard-wearing women work out on various computer screens. Thus making him the time-honored pervert nerd, or, "Perv-Nerd" we've all come to expect in 80's movies.

As if all these stereotypes weren't enough (did we mention the football player looks like he should be named "Ox"?),at the beginning of the movie, set in Libya, there's a crowd of America-hating protesters, with signs like "Death to the great Satan", and "Death to the American Dogs" - they're standing outside Qaddafi's palace - and Qaddafi HIMSELF makes an appearance! It's amazing! Back in America, it's always great to see Chuck Connors. We love him. We also love Ken Foree, so that pair as the good guys really works. During the endless chases, shooting, rocket launchers, silly destruction, dumbness, and possibly an exploding helicopter, it's nice to have these guys anchoring it. There's even some bizarre humor in some scenes, which doesn't really work overall in a movie supposedly about Islamic terror. There are even some glaring errors, such as a school bus that in one part of a scene is standard length, then magically becomes a "short bus". Did they think the audience wouldn't notice? While this movie does wear out its welcome after a while (director Peter Maris was just then beginning on his career producing mediocre action movies),Terror Squad isn't without its moments, and it does provide an interesting glimpse into the past. If you're willing to forgive all its odd mistakes, it might be worth a one-time watch.

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Reviewed by FieCrier2 / 10

really bad action movie with bad scripting, bad acting, and huge obvious goofs

Four Arab terrorists, probably Libyans, sneak into the US through the Canadian border. They badly botch an attempt to blow up a nuclear power plant in Indiana. The four that survive are badly pursued by the police, who mostly crash their cars. The terrorists shoot up a town's main street and run down an old man with their car. The pursuing police chief then runs over the old man (a bad dummy).

Meanwhile, a bunch of actors apparently in their twenties are portraying high school students. One of them plays guitar with the janitor, except that on the soundtrack is bad synthesizer music, the same kind of bad synthesizer music that is on the soundtrack. Later, a bunch of the students are in detention. The guitarist plays some more synthesizer music in detention, even though he doesn't have an amp. A jock makes farting sounds with his armpit, except that it sounds more like a synthesizer playing fart sounds.

The now two surviving terrorists, apparently having evaded the police, burst into the detention room. Thus the stereotypical Arabs meet the stereotypical high school students. The police and SWAT surround the school, and miss dozens of opportunities to get into the school and/or shoot the terrorists. The students and their teacher frequently do things to make the terrorists nervous and angry (and one of them is quick to anger anyway),which only results in getting themselves injured or killed.

As others have noted, when the terrorists leave the school in a bus, they are very clearly in a full-length bus. At some point while the police are following them to the airport, it clearly turns into a short half-length bus. I'm at a loss to explain how the filmmakers thought they could get away with that, especially since there are lengthy shots of the bus both when it is long and when it is short.

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