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Pandemonium (1982)

 -  Comedy | Horror | Mystery  -  April 1982 (USA)
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Tom Smothers stars as the brave mountie, who along with his trusty horse and bitter deputy Paul Reubens must track down a killer who is stalking coeds at a nearby cheerleader camp.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tammy Alverson ...
60'S Cheerleader
Pamela Harlow ...
60'S Cheerleader
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60'S Cheerleader
Jan Speck ...
60'S Cheerleader
Sallee Young ...
60'60 Cheerleader (as Sallee Sunshine Young)
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Bambi (as Candy Azzara)
Suzanne Kent ...
Crying Woman
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Reporter (as Phil Hartmann)
Michael Kless ...
Photographer
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Pepe
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Candy
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Candy's Mom (as A Friend)
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Glenn
Bradley Lieberman ...
Chip Jr.
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Mandy's Mom
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Tom Smothers stars as the brave mountie, who along with his trusty horse and bitter deputy Paul Reubens must track down a killer who is stalking coeds at a nearby cheerleader camp. Written by Losman <losman@express-news.net>

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Thursday the 12th  »

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One of the horror films this movie spoofs is Carrie (1976). Edie McClurg and Sydney Lassick, who have small parts in Carrie (1976) as the English teacher Mr. Fromm and Carrie's classmate Helen, also have minor parts in "Pandemonium". Lassick appears in the Bus Station scene, which spoofs Carrie (1976), as the homeless man with the "dirty pillows". See more »

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Candy: I'm gonna be like everybody else! I'm gonna make friends! I'm gonna have fun! I'm gonna wear make-up, I'm gonna go out with boys, I'm gonna sleep with truck drivers and get crabs, and I'm gonna finally get to use my diaphragm!
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Spoofs Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) See more »

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Could also be called "Scary Movie", but for different reasons!
14 July 2004 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

In the wake of the monumentally successful "Airplane!" came dozens of parody/spoof films in the same vein (or attempting to be in the same vein.) This one has to count as an attempt, and a fairly poor one at that. Someone has been killing cheerleaders for decades near the town of It Had to Be, Indiana. (Thus giving the film makers the opportunity to have a university called It Had to Be U.....) It falls to Smothers, as a Canadian Mountie, to crack the case. Azzara has just begun a cheerleading camp (with participants Candy, Sandy, Mandy, Andy, Randy and Glenn) and, before too long, the killer starts to pick them all off. Also on the loose are a prison escapee and a mental asylum escapee. The plot is deliberately slim (and even then doesn't really make much sense) to make way for the various (mostly horrible) jokes and sight gags. Among the many stabs at humor, only a scant few things emerge as even remotely amusing. What makes the film palatable, if it is at all, is the cast of familiar faces (some quite surprising along the way) and the general amiability of the film. Meant as a spoof of "Friday the 13th" (it was even called "Thursday the 12th" in pre-production), it lacks the graphic violence and vulgarity of that film and its sequels and opts for a kinder, more coy approach. This disappoints fans of the actual slasher movies and is aimed more toward an audience who probably doesn't even really watch such films! Smothers (headlining a feature film in 1982?) doesn't really have a lot to do, but does fit his role well and utilizes his deadpan style admirably. (His horse tends to get more laughs than anybody!) Reubens, as his assistant, basically does an adult extension of his Pee Wee Herman character to middling effect. Most of the high school cheerleaders are (as an in joke to the genre) pushing 30 and they all try to bring a lot of energy and spark to the proceedings, but they have been left out to dry with substandard gags and even more substandard direction. The jokes and potentially humorous visuals are often filmed with minimal creativity and impact. A few amusing things slide through such as a trip to a (really!) greasy spoon diner and a planeload of Japanese (who employ an unexpected and ludicrously funny stewardess.) If one doesn't expect much and gets enjoyment out of intentionally stupid humor (and checking out some stars before and after they were stars), it isn't that hard to get through and is mercifully brief. It pales mightily next to anything Jim Abrahms and the Zucker Brothers did, though. Hunky Hunter, as a football star, shows more animation here than he did during his whole career as a contract actor! Arden looks terrific, but should have skipped this. "Grease" was one thing, but... Many other notable character actors turn up briefly with varied results.


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