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Blue Sunshine (1977)

A bizarre series of murders begins in Los Angeles, where people start going bald and then become homicidal maniacs. But could the blame rest on a particularly dangerous form of LSD called Blue Sunshine the murderers took ten years before?

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Jerry Zipkin
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Alicia Sweeney
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Edward Flemming
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Barbara O'Malley
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Ritchie Grazzo
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At a party, someone goes insane and murders three women. Falsely accused of the brutal killings, Jerry is on the run. More bizarre killings continue with alarming frequency all over town. Trying to clear his name, Jerry discovers the shocking truth...people are losing their hair and turning into violent psychopaths and the connection may be some LSD all the murderers took a decade before. Written by alfiehitchie

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12 May 1978 (USA)  »

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Adistaktoi dolofonoi  »

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$550,000 (estimated)
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The disco for the films climax was actually a country-western bar in L.A. that was converted to look like a disco tech. At the time of shooting the disco craze hadn't yet reached the west coast. See more »

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Man fleeing discotheque: There's a bald maniac in there, and he's going bat shit!
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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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Disco Blue
Music and Lyrics by Billy Jackson, Jay Ferguson and Paul Griffin
Produced by Billy Jackson
Performed by The Humane Society For The Preservation Of Good Music
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Jeff Lieberman--underrated and overlooked director
13 May 2003 | by (Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

A small group of Stanford college grads, who had taken a bad batch of LSD called "Blue Sunshine," start feeling the side-effects ten years later. Instead of bad acid flashbacks, they start losing their hair and deteriorate into erratic, sweaty, screaming, zombie-like killers that hate loud sounds.

Ambitious low-budgeter has decent performances, a few good shocks and an interesting plot to offset some dated aspects to the story (like an unintentionally funny attack at a disco) and a seemingly incomplete ending (that seems to suggest this is based on an actual case!). Political satire remains relevant today and when one of the affected lurks around a mall at the end, DAWN OF THE DEAD (which was made later) will instantly come to mind.

Star Zalman King, also in GALAXY OF TERROR (1981), went on to direct and produce a record number of 90s erotic movies and TV series (RED SHOE DIARIES). The director also made SQURIM, JUST BEFORE DAWN and REMOTE CONTROL, all above average low-budgeters.

Score: 6 out of 10


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