Blue Sunshine

Blue Sunshine

Director: Jeff Lieberman

Cast: Jeff Lieberman, Raymond Young, Bill Adler, Argentina Brunetti

     
 

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Several former college students find their former drug experiences catching up with them in an unexpected and terrifying manner in this clever horror outing. Jerry Zipkin (Zalman King) is a bright but troubled man in his late twenties who graduated from Stanford University in 1968 but hasn't had much luck getting his life in order since then. One night Jerry attends a

Overview

Several former college students find their former drug experiences catching up with them in an unexpected and terrifying manner in this clever horror outing. Jerry Zipkin (Zalman King) is a bright but troubled man in his late twenties who graduated from Stanford University in 1968 but hasn't had much luck getting his life in order since then. One night Jerry attends a party with a few old college buddies, and is shocked when one of them, Frannie (Richard Crystal), suddenly loses all his hair in a single lump and goes on a bloody rampage. When circumstantial evidence makes Jerry a key suspect in the murders of three women at the party, he sets out to find out what happened, and with the help of another school friend, surgeon David Blume (Robert Walden), he discovers a link between Frannie's bizarre behavior and several similar incidents which recently occurred. In each case, the killers attended Stanford in the late '60s, and all had used Blue Sunshine, a potent but tainted variety of LSD sold by Ed Flemming (Mark Goddard), a bootleg acid chemist who is now a respected mainstream political candidate. Jerry struggles to stay one step ahead of the law as he tries to piece the story together, knowing that another victim of the drug could go insane at any moment. Blue Sunshine was directed by Jeff Lieberman, who has two other cult favorites to his credit, Squirm and Just Before Dawn.

Editorial Reviews

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This odd yet intriguing blend of horror and thriller trappings lacks the craftsmanship to live up to its potential, but has won a cult following thanks to its mix of shocks and social commentary. The best element is director Jeff Lieberman's script, which infuses its drug/political paranoia plot with an undertone of criticism toward the wild hippies who became placid yuppies and populate the script with quirky but believable characters. Unfortunately, Blue Sunshine suffers from inconsistent acting; the biggest problem in this area is leading man Zalman King, who overdoes the method-acting theatrics in an attempt to make his character seem intense. However, Robert Walden turns in a witty, low-key performance as helpful doctor David Blume and Ray Young is downright terrifying as an ex-drug addict turned brutal bodyguard. Blue Sunshine also dilutes its effectiveness with some experiments that don't work (for example, a scene where King enters the house and "relives" the murders that happened there) and an anti-climactic ending that leaves too many loose ends untied. However, it remains compelling despite these flaws thanks to Lieberman's ability to create taut suspense set pieces; highlights include a scene in which a deranged victim of the title drug pursues the children she is babysitting with a butcher knife and an unexpectedly brutal attack that happens in a placid condo setting. Ultimately, Blue Sunshine is too uneven to please a general audience, but offers enough moments of interest for fans of horror films and offbeat cult items.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2011
UPC:
0767685245576
Original Release:
1978
Source:
New Video Group
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
29,379

Special Features

Never-before-seen interview with director Jeff Liberman; Blue Sunshine, 35 years later; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Raymond Young Wayne Mulligan
Bill Adler Ralphie
Argentina Brunetti Mrs. Rosella
Bill Cameron John O'Malley
Ann Cooper Wendy Flemming
Zalman King Jerry Zipkin
Richard Crystal Frannie Scott
Jeffry Druce Junkie
Alice Ghostley O'Malley's Neighbor
Stefan Gierasch Lt. Jennings
Mark Goddard Edward Flemming
Brion James Tony
Meegan King Gun Salesman
Barbara Quinn Stephanie
Charles Siebert Detective Clay
Bill Sorrells Ritchie Grazzo
Robert Walden David Blume
Deborah Winters Alicia Sweeney

Technical Credits
Jeff Lieberman Director,Screenwriter
Charles Gross Score Composer
George Manasse Producer
Norman Page Makeup
Brian Smedley-Aston Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blue Sunshine
1. Main Titles [7:58]
2. The Party [10:30]
3. Wrongly Accused [6:29]
4. A Bad Hair Day [2:32]
5. Tangled Mystery [5:33]
6. Scene of the Crime [5:29]
7. Here is the Future [19:08]
8. Wigging Out [12:43]
9. In the Park [11:26]
10. Disco Destruction [4:29]
11. Showdown [7:07]
12. End Titles [1:40]

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