Psycho Beach Party
Party till you drop. Dead.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 10, 2001
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Strand Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Music Video: Los Straitjackets
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary: Robert Lee King - Director, Charles Busch - Writer/Star
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Nicholas Brendon & Lauren Ambrose|
|Performer:||Thomas Gibson, Danni Wheeler, Charles Busch, Kimberley Davies, Amy Adams, Beth Broderick, Matt Keeslar, Kathleen Robertson, Andrew Levitas & Nick Cornish|
|Directed by||Robert Lee King|
|Edited by||Suzanne Hines|
|Screenwriting by||Charles Busch|
|Composition by||Ben Vaughn|
|Produced by||Jon Gerrans, Virginia Biddle, Marcus Hu & Victor Syrmis|
|Director of Photography:||Arturo Smith|
|Executive Production by||John Hall|
...You won't want to miss the fish-belly-white Nicholas Brendon and his blue-screen surf scenes...
...[An] enjoyable raunchfest that pokes fun at several genres....[A] tantalizing cast...
Movieline's Hollywood Life
...[A] raucous theatrical spoof of GIDGET, BEACH PARTY movies and teen slasher films...
New York Times
Awkward combination of garish set decoration and muffled humor.
Rating: 4/10 -- Immaculate execution in every detail of one poor conception after another... uninspired, arrogant, and lazy. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
Good belly laughs amid lower-key giddiness. Full Review
San Francisco Chronicle
Saddled with both a script and direction that never comes near the wit or cleverness in Busch's own performance.
A mischievous beach-fest in the style of old 50s, 60s, and 70s thriller-beach party-slasher movies, Malibu-based PSYCHO BEACH PARTY follows a nearly invisible plot. Chicklet Forrest (Lauren Ambrose) is a wanna-be surfer girl with multiple personalities. When a series of murders takes place on the beach, Chicklet is a prime suspect, and Captain Monica Starck (Charles Busch in drag) arrives to interrogate the remaining set of eccentric beach-going revelers.
PSYCHO BEACH PARTY was scripted by playwright Charles Busch (author of the long-running off-Broadway hit VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM), adapted from his 1987 play of the same title. Florence Forest (Lauren Ambrose) is a perky but unfulfilled teen. After witnessing the antics of a gang of strapping young surfer dudes at the beach one day, she decides surfing's the thing for her, and asks the group leader, the "Great Kanaka" (Thomas Gibson), to give her lessons. But Kanaka won't give Florence (or rather "Chicklet," as she is soon dubbed by the boys) the time of day--until her alter ego, S/M dominatrix Ann Bowman, unexpectedly makes an appearance. Meanwhile, a mysterious killer is offing the town's teens one by one. Detective Monica Stark (played by Busch himself) is on the case, but soon her investigation is complicated by an overabundance of suspects: Could the killer be Florence's frustrated mom, who disapproves of the company her daughter's been keeping' There's also B-movie babe Bettina Barnes (Kimberley Davies), in town incognito after running away from her studio. And then, of course, there's schizophrenic Florence herself. Expertly mimicking the corny, frantically upbeat tone of 1960s teen flicks, PSYCHO BEACH PARTY is a campy (and occasionally raunchy) alternative treat.
- Theatrical release: August 4, 2000 (N.Y.)
Theatrical release: September 1, 2000 (CHICAGO)
Theatrical release: September 8, 2000 (L.A.)
- Film festival screenings include the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the Image Out Festival
- In the original off-Broadway show, writer Charles Busch himself took on the role of Chicklet, the 16-year-old surfer girl.
- Composer Ben Vaughn also wrote the score for several major network TV shows, including Third Rock From the Sun and That 70's Show.
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