6.1/10
2,144
48 user 57 critic

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?

Director:

Jeff Lieberman

Writer:

Jeff Lieberman
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Squirm (1976)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A storm causes some power lines to break and touch the ground, drawing millions of man-eating worms out of the earth, and into town where they quickly start munching on the locals.

Director: Jeff Lieberman
Stars: Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow
Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A video store clerk stumbles onto an alien plot to take over earth by brainwashing people with a bad '50s science fiction movie. He and his friends race to stop the aliens before the tapes ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Lieberman
Stars: Kevin Dillon, Deborah Goodrich, Christopher Wynne
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Five campers arrive in the mountains to examine some property they have bought, but are warned by Forest Ranger Roy McLean that a huge machete-wielding maniac has been terrorising the area.... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Lieberman
Stars: George Kennedy, Mike Kellin, Chris Lemmon
Dead of Night (1974)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young soldier killed in Vietnam inexplicably shows up to his family home one night.

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Richard Backus
The Visitor (1979)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

The soul of a young girl with telekinetic powers becomes the prize in a fight between forces of God and the Devil.

Director: Giulio Paradisi
Stars: Mel Ferrer, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A group of hippies wreak havoc on a small town and a young boy, whose grandfather and sister were attacked by them, decides to get even, with deadly results.

Director: David E. Durston
Stars: Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury, Jadin Wong, Rhonda Fultz
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In a 15th-century feudal village, a woman is accused of witchcraft and put to death. Her beautiful older daughter knows the real reason for the execution lies in the lord's sexual desire ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Barbara Steele, George Ardisson, Halina Zalewska
Tourist Trap (1979)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A group of young friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by a masked assailant who uses his telekenetic powers to control the attraction's mannequins.

Director: David Schmoeller
Stars: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A demented prison doctor performs gruesome shock therapy experiments on inmates.

Director: Gregory Goodell
Stars: Linda Haynes, Geoffrey Lewis, Ellen Travolta
Retribution (1987)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A Manic depressive artist survives a suicidal fall only to be possessed by a murdered gangster, who uses the artist to seek vengeance on those that ended his life.

Director: Guy Magar
Stars: Dennis Lipscomb, Leslie Wing, Suzanne Snyder
Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to."

Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis
The Ringer (1972)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An extraordinary short film about how grown ups and companies try do anything to earn money on the young people of today, and to influence the young people to grow up in their image as consumers and product addicts.

Director: Jeff Lieberman
Stars: David Groh, Charles McGregor, Elliot Chiprut
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zalman King ... Jerry Zipkin
Deborah Winters ... Alicia Sweeney
Mark Goddard ... Edward Flemming
Robert Walden ... David Blume
Charles Siebert ... Detective Clay
Ann Cooper ... Wendy Flemming
Ray Young ... Wayne Mulligan
Alice Ghostley ... O'Malley's Neighbor
Stefan Gierasch ... Lt. Jennings
Richard Crystal ... Frannie Scott
Bill Adler Bill Adler ... Ralphie
Barbara Quinn Barbara Quinn ... Stephanie
Adriana Shaw Adriana Shaw ... Barbara O'Malley
Bill Sorrells Bill Sorrells ... Ritchie Grazzo
Jeffrey Druce ... Junkie (as Jeffry Druce)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Did you ever hear the words Blue sunshine? Try to remember...your life may depend on it See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adistaktoi dolofonoi See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$550,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ellanby Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Lieberman stated that upon the film's completion, two major TV networks expressed interest in purchasing the film as a "movie of the week," an idea that initially seemed highly appealing, as the amount being offered was twice of the film's budget. However, after seeing the list of edits required-- and realizing that agreeing to them would result in a film only an hour long-- Lieberman decided to hold out for a theatrical release. See more »

Goofs

The voice dubbing for Stephanie's kids often doesn't match the footage. See more »

Quotes

Barbara O'Malley: No! Johnny, no! No more chocolate pudding! I made that for your father, now stop it!
See more »

Crazy Credits

'Blue Sunshine' [soundtrack] performed by the Humane Society for the Preservation of Good Music See more »

Alternate Versions

Many DVD releases were sourced from the old Vestron video release containing the theatrical version, but the 2006 DVD by Synapse Films was sourced from an uncut 35mm print provided by Jeff Lieberman, because the original negative was missing. In 2015, Lieberman finally located the original camera negative for the film at a warehouse in Los Angeles. Distribupix is currently scanning and remastering the film in a fully-loaded special edition Blu-Ray. See more »

Connections

Featured in Paging Dr. Blume with Robert Walden (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Music of Love
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Composed and Performed by Diane Leslie
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Worth A Look for Genre Fans but Flawed
11 January 2005 | by BrandtSponsellerSee all my reviews

A number of people are inexplicably losing their hair, becoming overly sensitive to loud noises, making googly eyes, and most significantly becoming violently aggressive. The film takes a number of threads based around this and gradually ties them together--all of the affected parties turn out to have a common link. The focus becomes Jerry Zipkin's (Zalman King) investigation and solving of the mystery.

This is a fairly pedestrian 1970s suspense/horror film, made more interesting by some of the bizarre, murderous behavior and the eventual explanation of the behavior. There is a slight sheen of camp that one might think is unintentional, but there are clues that director Jeff Lieberman intended the campy aspects, such as the cutaway to the defaced poster of politician Edward Fleming accompanied by a comic-sounding horn/siren blast, and more obvious elements like the Streisand and Sinatra puppets. Still, the camp factor may have increased as we've become removed from this film's era.

The strongest horror material occurs in the very beginning of the film, after which it turns into a fairly effective suspense vehicle, although at times it has a more generic made-for-television feel. The biggest problem, unfortunately, arrives with the ending, which seems rushed and less than climactic, not to mention a very peculiar bit about how to handle a gun, and also leaves quite a few threads dangling (an attempt is made to tie them up slightly with some "here's what happened" text right before the credits). For me, the horror material was the most effective, so things went slightly downhill from the beginning, but the film was just goofy enough to retain my interest, and it held an 8 rating until the climax, which was poor enough for me to subtract a whopping two points. Unfortunately, such a misstep in the ending is much more difficult to surmount than a similar misstep in the middle of a film. A 6 out of 10 from me.


11 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 48 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed