Remote Control (1988)

Genres - Science Fiction, Thriller  |   Release Date - Apr 7, 1988 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Donald Guarisco

This clever little b-movie is another example of why Jeff Leiberman is a cult favorite in certain genre-movie circles. His script puts a distinctly 1980's twist on the old alien-invasion premise, cleverly managing to make home video seem menacing as he builds up a solid combination of action, sci-fi and horror/thriller elements. Lieberman's direction is unflashy but effective, building tension throughout and frequently offsetting the dark elements of the script with satirical humor. Sometimes, he delivers both elements at once: for example, there are periodic scenes where the action in the film's evil videotape mirrors what is happening in present-day reality. Remote Control further benefits from inspired performances: Kevin Dillon makes a likeably blue-collar type of hero, Deborah Goodrich is both pretty and charismatic as his mismatched lady love and there are fun bit roles from Jennifer Tilly and b-movie vet Bert Remsen. In short, Remote Control is a potential cult favorite that deserves to be rediscovered by b-movie fans.