Psycho Beach Party

Psycho Beach Party

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Director: Robert Lee King

Cast: Lauren Ambrose, Thomas Gibson, Kimberley Davies

     
 

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A cinematic skewering of the carefree Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello films of yore, director Robert Lee King's psycho-killer satire arrives on DVD courtesy of Strand Releasing. Presented in 1.85:1 widescreen, this disc offers audio commentary from director King and writer/star Charles Busch. Extra features include an original theatrical trailer and a music video

Overview

A cinematic skewering of the carefree Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello films of yore, director Robert Lee King's psycho-killer satire arrives on DVD courtesy of Strand Releasing. Presented in 1.85:1 widescreen, this disc offers audio commentary from director King and writer/star Charles Busch. Extra features include an original theatrical trailer and a music video from Los Straight Jackets.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Even by playwright Charles Busch's own admission, this parody of films as diverse as Marnie, Gidget, and Halloween was a pretty lightweight piece when it premiered in New York in the mid-'80s. Beefing up the plot and adding a fun new character for himself, however, drag auteur Busch and first-time feature director Robert Lee King turned the film version of Psycho Beach Party into a fun little luau. A who's who of young alt-Hollywood -- from Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon to Gregg Araki vets Nathan Bexton and Kathleen Robertson -- get to paraphrase the teensploitation epics of years past with a knowing wink, while future Six Feet Under star Lauren Ambrose shows her considerable range in a performance that veers from goofy melodrama to all-out slapstick and includes no less than three separate characters. (Grown-ups Busch and Beth Broderick get some laughs, too, but sometimes come off like defanged John Waters heroines.) The over-the-top but humorous homoeroticism, broad caricatures, and frequently profane sight gags and puns may not endear the film to all audiences. But for those who appreciate its dated East Village attitude and its frequently spot-on pop culture spoofs, Psycho Beach Party is a quirky, deliberately low-rent ball of laughs.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2001
UPC:
0712267990023
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
NR
Source:
Strand Home Video
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
39,034

Special Features

Filmmaker's commentary track; Los Straight Jackets music video; Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lauren Ambrose Florence/Chicklet
Thomas Gibson Kanaka
Kimberley Davies Bettina/Diane
Matt Keeslar Lars
Charles Busch Capt. Monica Stark
Beth Broderick Mrs. Forrest,Mom
Amy Adams Marvel Ann
Kathleen Robertson Rhonda
Nathan Bexton T.J.
Buddy Quaid Junior
Jenica Bergere Cookie

Technical Credits
Robert Lee King Director
Wendi Lynn Allison Makeup
Virginia Biddle Producer
Charles Busch Screenwriter
Franco-Giacomo Carbone Production Designer
Jon Gerrans Producer
Alberto Gonzalez-Reyna Art Director
John Hall Executive Producer
Suzanne Hines Editor
Marcus Hu Producer
Reggie Lee Choreography
Howard Paar Musical Direction/Supervision
Laura Schiff Casting
Michael Shea Asst. Director
Ann Shea Set Decoration/Design
Arturo Smith Cinematographer
Victor Syrmis Producer
David Tobocman Score Composer
Ben Vaughn Score Composer
Tim Walston Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Opening Sequence [5:23]
3. Main Titles [2:02]
4. Interrogation [3:10]
5. Unpacking the Bongos [6:54]
6. The Great Kanaka [6:00]
7. Rhonda [:58]
8. Ann Bowman? [5:40]
9. Bettina Barnes [4:02]
10. Starcat & Chicklet [6:29]
11. The Séance [9:24]
12. Suspects [11:38]
13. Chicklet, Come Back! [6:27]
14. Mrs. Forrest [1:34]
15. The Luau [15:02]
16. Drive-In [4:55]
17. Surprise! [5:42]

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Psycho Beach Party 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was suprised to enjoy this film as much as I did - I expected pure low-budget camp with bad jokes and bad acting - while bad jokes abound in this film, the acting is excellent, especially on the parts of Lauren Ambrose as Florence (etc.) Kimberly Davies, as b-movie actress Bettina Barnes, and Beth Broderick as Florence's mom. Excellent one-liners and some superb delivery. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first this movir on paporview I thought it was just ok but then after seeing it anoter 50 times it changed my mind.Its a great movie good acting good story all together. A must see
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