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Hysterical (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Horror | July 1983 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Chris Bearde
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The Movie You're Holding in Your Hand is So Bad it's HYSTERICAL! See more »

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Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Sprung in der Schüssel See more »

Filming Locations:

Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 Baton, Fritz, and Kate all run to the sheriff's office.]
Dr. Paul Batton: We've got trouble!
Fritz: Right here in River City!
All: With a capital T and that rhymes with G and that stands for GHOUL!
Kate: We've got Captain Howdy!
Dr. Paul Batton: Right here in Hellview City!
Fritz: With a capital C and that rhymes with Z and that stands for Zom... bie.
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Spoofs Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Surprisingly good production values and some funny moments
12 October 2001 | by mfisher452See all my reviews

I just saw this movie on cable (not, I assure you, by design). The plot is pretty much as described here in the IMDb. "Hysterical" IS pretty hysterically awful, but it does not quite fit in the category of Movies So Bad They're Good. Yes, the plot is clichéd and predictable. Yes, it stars the Hudson Brothers, those inoffensive pop products from the Seventies who were quickly forgotten in the Eighties. I, for one, certainly hadn't thought about them since then and had no idea they'd made a movie. It also features a gaggle of supporting actors whose faces will be recognizable to anyone who watched movies and TV in the Sixties and Seventies or who watches TVLand today. The female lead is Cindy Pickett, who looks and acts so wholesome here that it's hard to believe she appeared in an earlier film, Roger Vadim's "Night Games," that was very erotic. She radiates essentially no sexual luster in "Hysterical." Still, the production values are surprisingly good for a bad movie. It looks and feels like a real movie; this is not Edward D. Wood stuff. The Hudson Brothers actually manage to work up a respectable comic energy. There are a few breakout scenes that are extremely funny, especially the big production number with dancing zombies in an amusement park, and a too-brief scene in which the brothers try to confuse some pursuing zombies with an impromptu doo-wop session. The movie also works in sendups of a lot of other films ("Vertigo," "Marnie," "The Rocky Horror Show," "Chariots of Fire," and "Night of the Living Dead," to name just a few). All in all, this is a movie that is fun to see once just for laughs.


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