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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Chris Bearde
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Credited cast:
Bill Hudson ... Frederic Lansing / Casper
Mark Hudson ... Dr. Paul Batton
Brett Hudson Brett Hudson ... Fritz
Cindy Pickett ... Kate
Richard Kiel ... Captain Howdy
Julie Newmar ... Venetia
Robert Donner ... Ralph
Murray Hamilton ... Mayor
Clint Walker ... Sheriff
Franklyn Ajaye ... Leroy
Charlie Callas ... Dracula
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amanda H. Bearde Amanda H. Bearde ... Teenage Girl
Pamela Bowman Pamela Bowman ... New York Model #2
Robert Alan Browne ... New York Press Man
Sue Casey 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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Comedy | Horror

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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

Fritz: Oh, so this is Mexico.
[Dr. Paul Batton looks at Fritz, the map, and the tall trees around them, then grabs the map, turns it upside down, and hands it back to Fritz.]
Fritz: Oh, so this is Oregon.
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Spoofs The Music Man (1962) See more »

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A fun, brainless romp!
25 March 2003 | by chris-earlySee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hysterical See more »

Filming Locations:

Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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