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Hysterical (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Horror | July 1983 (USA)
A burned out writer retreats to a northwest town called Hellview to write the great American novel. Unfortunately for him, the lighthouse he is renting is inhabited by the spirit of a woman... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Frederic Lansing / Casper
... Dr. Paul Batton
Brett Hudson ... Fritz
... Kate
... Captain Howdy
... Venetia
... Ralph
... Mayor
... Sheriff
... Leroy
... Dracula
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amanda H. Bearde ... Teenage Girl
Pamela Bowman ... New York Model #2
... New York Press Man
Sue Casey ... Bookstore Society Lady #2
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A burned out writer retreats to a northwest town called Hellview to write the great American novel. Unfortunately for him, the lighthouse he is renting is inhabited by the spirit of a woman who killed herself there one hundred years before and now wants him to replace her lost love, Captain Howdy. When Captain Howdy is resurrected, two daring adventure seekers are brought in to solve the case and find out the secret of the lighthouse. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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WARNING This movie contains scenes of violent comedy, explicit humour and excessive laughter. See more »

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Ein Sprung in der Schüssel  »

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Released in July of 1983, the dancing zombies of Hysterical predate Michael Jackson's Thriller release by about 4 months. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Paul Batton: Now listen Fritz, this is no longer Casper, it's a demon. The Devil is alive, he will NEVER tell the truth. Whatever you do, dont fall for it.
Fritz: Dont worry Paul, I wont.
Frederic Lansing: Fritz, your shoes are untied!
[Fritz looks down]
Fritz: Dont listen to him Fritz.
Fritz: I wont.
Frederic Lansing: Fritz, your zippers down.
[Fritz looks down]
Dr. Paul Batton: Dont listen to him Fritz.
Fritz: I wont.
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Spoofs Jaws (1975) See more »

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A fun, brainless romp!
25 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

How can someone not like this film? I mean, come on- it's not like when you sit to watch it you are expecting Citizen Kane or something! This movie is moronic and insulting, and more than likely will result in the loss of brain cells upon watching it. That's what makes it great. It's pure stupid humor that is intended to do nothing but bring about the occasional chuckle.

It's probably a little more over the top than your typical Zucker bros film (Airplane) and several of the jokes miss, but that's ok. Even the unfunny jokes are funny in their own way. This movie is comparable to watching a film some of your buddies made out of sheer boredom- even the unfunny stuff makes you laugh just because it is so ungodly stupid.

I honestly think that's what the makers intended. "You're doomed!" is a phrase all of my buddies and I used to utter to each other after watching this, and to this day I still hear the occasional Hysterical reference. It's certainly worth 99 cents at your local Blockbuster.


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