US Release Date:January 2000 (Limited) Running Time:95 min US Classification:R Director:Robert Lee King Starring:Lauren Ambrose, Thomas Gibson, Nicholas Brendon, Kimberley Davies, Matt Keeslar, Charles Busch, Beth Broderick, Danni Wheeler, Nick Cornish, Andrew Levitas, Amy Adams, Kathleen Robertson, Nathan Bexton, Buddy Quaid, Jenica Bergere.
Taglines: * Party till you drop. Dead.
* Sun, Surf & One Psycho Babe!
Tony's Comments (2001)
"Psycho Beach Party" is a strange low-budget film that attempts to cash in on the 1960's Beach Party craze, along with various other teen slasher flicks. The film is full of murder, mayhem & crazy characters. The film's central character is Florence Forrest (Lauren Ambrose) also known as Chicklet, an obvious pun at the 60's Gidget character. Florence suffers from schizophrenia & when her alter ego takes over she turns into a twisted aggressive young lady. It is after this that various dead bodies show up & several beach goers are found dead. The films humor goes from bad taste to sick & demented very quickly, ruining what could have been a potentially successful satire. It is really hard to delineate what genre the film wants to be, it has elements of comedy, horror, thriller, murder mystery & teen slasher flick all rolled into one. Australian audiences, look out for Kimberley Davies who was once a star of the popular TV series "Neighbours", she plays film actress Bettina Barns. "Psycho Beach Party" will certainly not appeal to all tastes. Basically the film is as the title says, "Psycho".
Psycho Beach Party on DVD
Psycho Beach Party (2000) [DVD] Based on Charles Busch's long-running off-Broadway play, this campy, gender-bending mix of '60s beach comedies and horror films stars Lauren Ambrose as Florence "Chicklet" Forest, a surfing-crazy Malibu teen whose split-personality alter ego may be responsible for a series of murders plaguing the beach scene. With Thomas Gibson, Beth Broderick, Nicholas Brendon, Amy Adams, and Busch as police captain Monica Stark. 95 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary; music video; theatrical trailer.
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