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Rated R
Copyright 1987 Full Moon Entertainment
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Dangerous Dan O'Dare - Out of control disc jockey and defender of the Earth. Sort of a "Flash Gordon in the Morning" thing.
  • Lisa Cummings - Martha Quinn! News reporter who doesn't like Dan that much, until the end - then it's time to get a room.
  • Corky - Station engineer, briefly becomes a jock itch seed pod.
  • Flip Humble - News anchorman, why are these guys always so happy?
  • Bernie Locknut - Owner of Super Station 66, the kind of guy who wears a bowtie.
  • Sheriff Hickman - Not the happiest man around, he's just about plumb fed up with this radio nonsense.
  • Bunny, Cookie, and the Nurse - Sexy women who are shrunk and placed into bottles.
  • The Robot - Little guy that screws up one to many times, blasted into scrap metal by his master.
  • The Alien - Fungus based monster who is collecting females.

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The Plot: 

Not only does this movie have Martha Quinn running around, it features an alien collecting sexy women. If I was an alien visiting our planet the trip would be planned around rock n roll and Earth chicks too. This visitor packed all the essentials: robot, menacing spacesuit, specimen tube, and multipurpose wand of death. You have to check this thing out, it disintigrates the fast food delivery boy, electrocutes the robot, and causes a lethal case of jock itch to humans. You heard me, jock itch, you don't want to see some guy with a carpet of that on his chest, but you will. Dangerous Dan is back on the air after a six month suspension, he had sex with his previous station's traffic reporter while on the air. (The movie beat me to all the bumper to bumper jokes.) Now Dan is taking over Super Station 66, the only radio franchise authorized to broadcast on 666 AM. He's going to transform the old polka (Arrgggghhh! Sorry, polka flashback.) channel into the wildest rock and roll experience on the planet. Too bad for our man Dan the invader shows up, quickly taking over the station as part of it's plan. By playing certain songs it homes in on hot women then shrinks/teleports them into twelve inch tall bottles. Presumably for transport back to Planet Boogerhead, this thing had the bumpiest, nastiest noggin... ...until the spacesuit pops and out jumps a killer rhododendron. Our hero the disc jockey must save the day solo, everyone thinks his broadcast pleas for help are a skit. Armed with the powerful disinfectant "Germasol" he frees the ladies and defeats the alien. Check out the odd music videos women hallucinate before being teleported, I liked the "I'm so happy" song. ("Manic Depresso" is the real name.) Having a nurse strip down to garters and a chemise helped of course, not to mention a nun playing guitar, a man wearing a cow suit, and one dozen lobotomy patients.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Polka is the ultimate torture.
  • 36-22-34 is a darn interesting lock combination.
  • Female traffic reporters are nymphomaniacs.
  • Aliens use jock itch as a weapon.
  • Radio waves are capable of teleporting and shrinking women.
  • Robot's heads are full of pink lemonade.
  • Radio stations are impregnable fortresses.
  • Nuns rock!
  • Under every nurse uniform is a blonde vixen wearing lingerie.
  • Alien fungus is very susceptible to Earthly disinfectant spray.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 2 mins - Produced by Charles Band with music by Blue Oyster Cult, this should be interesting.
  • 8 mins - Feedback! Ouch...
  • 27 mins - What is up with that thing's head?
  • 37 mins - A music video at a truck stop?
  • 47 mins - Music video in a school gym with cheerleaders and a band, here's an idea way ahead of it's time.
  • 56 mins - The "I'm So Happy" song, this is one of the oddest things. (Actually called "Manic Depresso.")
  • 73 mins - Dan, Lisa, and the angriest rhododendron you've ever seen.
  • 76 mins - Oops, Bunny's still in a bottle.


  • Dan: "Dangerous Dan O'Dare is on the loose and Super Station 66 is on the air, wooohoooo!"

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note badchannels1.wav Dan: "Welcome to polka hell."
Green Music Note badchannels2.wav Dan: "Ladies and gentlemen I know this sounds crazy, but the super station studios have been taken over by creatures from another planet."
Green Music Note badchannels3.wav Part of the "I'm So Happy" song.
Green Music Note badchannels4.wav Dan: "They missed Lisa and got some goofy looking guy instead."

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Dan just managed to free Lisa, but the fungal invader is really PO'd.

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Reply #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Sephim
Oh come on, don't be so hard on the movie...  It was probably abused as a kid.  It had good taste in music though, I mean think about how many bands wouldn't be around if the bands on this movie didn't exist... hmmm...

Sorry about that... I was just thinking about 'The Jokers' not existing and fell into a coma of bliss.
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Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by BOC Fan
I taped the movie off of Cinemax about 8 years
 ago hoping to see Charlie Spradling nude, fast forwarded through it, she wasn't, so I only watched it just recently for the BOC and SS
music. BOC's music, both the two songs and the score, are great. But the real discovery is SS and how they looked. Their two songs are obviously great, but 'Manic Depresso' is an
unheralded classic. The above mentioned website
for SS is awesome...definitely check it out.
Oh, and BUY THE SOUNDTRACK!! It's been reissued
on Angel Air Records and is fantastic stuff.
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Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by WHitE SpiCe
I'm so glad that the great band that i never heard of before called sykotic sinfoney played cause the movie quite frankly sucked as well as BOC does in my opinion. you should check out their webpage to download more songs including live songs as well. they should get back together and make a CD. by the way the URL for their site is check it out. I'm sure you'll love it as much as i.
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Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Syko Fan
Sykotik Sinfoney LIVE on DVD now available at

Long live the SS
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Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by madcap
I remember the first time I watched Bad Channels, I picked it up because I'd enjoyed some of Full Moon's other flicks.  Bad Channels was...well...bad, but yeah, when I saw and heard Manic Depresso I went berserk trying to find it somewhere, anywhere.  I wasn't on the net yet and it drove me bats, which is ironic really... anyhoo, now I've got it, and it became the theme for my now defunct internet radio show the MadHouse. (Non-profit kids, no worries.) Great song, great scene in the movie.
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Reply #14. Posted on November 06, 2003, 01:49:17 PM by SykoFan
Sykotik Sinfoney Online Forum has re-opened! Stop by, sign up, say hello!
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Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Steve
Yes, it's bad but ya gotta love Blue Oyster Cult.
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Reply #16. Posted on November 01, 2004, 08:45:29 PM by WitchKing
Charlie Spradling.  In a word:  Ravishing.
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