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Psycho Beach Party (2000)

Unrated | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | 7 September 2001 (USA)
Spoof of 1960s Beach Party/Gidget surfing movies mixed with slasher horror films. Florence Forrest, a not-so-innocent girl in 1960s Malibu, becomes "Chicklet", the first girl surfer at ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Lee King

Writers:

Charles Busch (play), Charles Busch (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Ambrose ... Florence 'Chicklet' Forrest / Ann Bowman
Thomas Gibson ... Kanaka
Nicholas Brendon ... Starcat
Kimberley Davies ... Bettina Barnes
Matt Keeslar ... Lars
Charles Busch ... Captain Monica Stark
Beth Broderick ... Mrs. Ruth Forrest
Danni Wheeler Danni Wheeler ... Berdine
Nick Cornish ... Yo Yo
Andrew Levitas ... Provoloney
Amy Adams ... Marvel Ann
Kathleen Robertson ... Rhonda
Nathan Bexton ... T.J.
Buddy Quaid ... Junior
Jenica Bergere ... Cookie
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Storyline

Spoof of 1960s Beach Party/Gidget surfing movies mixed with slasher horror films. Florence Forrest, a not-so-innocent girl in 1960s Malibu, becomes "Chicklet", the first girl surfer at Malibu Beach. Only Florence suffers from dissociative identity disorder and, occasionally, her alter ego "Ann Bowman", a sexually aggressive, foul-speaking girl, comes out, during which time several beach goers are found murdered. The suspects include Chicklet herself, surfer Kanaka, exchange student Lars, and even Chicklet's own mother. Written by Matthew Patay

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Taglines:

Party till you drop. Dead.

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horror na Praia Psicodélica See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,359, 6 August 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$265,107, 10 December 2000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the car sex scene, 'Charles Busch' had a double play the naked Monica Stark. See more »

Goofs

When Marvel Ann gets her bikini bottoms torn off a flesh patch between her legs is briefly visible. See more »

Quotes

Provoloney: Why you picking on us? We didn't do nothin' wrong.
Captain Monica Stark: Because I don't like you. Don't like the way ya talk. I don't like the way ya walk. Don't like ya haircut. You kids think ya own this beach- think it's a teenage world. Well, you're dead wrong!
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Alternate Versions

The DVD version in Spain runs 85 minutes.
  • It stars with the "Cinemavault.com" logo.
  • Some scenes are edited in a different order, sometimes missing some dialogue parts.
  • The interrogation scene after T.J. death and the sex scene between Kanaka and Monica are cut.
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Connections

Spoofs Gidget (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Overboard
Written by Francis James Blandino
Performed by The Fathoms
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The Most Outrageous Fun Since Rocky Horror!
13 August 2000 | by rollnycSee all my reviews

Absurdity never seemed so straight and the straight and narrow never took so many turns. Psycho Beach Party is the most outrageous fun since Rocky Horror Picture Show hit the screen. Of all the films that poke fun at male-female, male-male, and female-female sexuality this summer, Psycho Beach Party takes the cake. The comparison is apt. Both films were adapted from successful small theatrical hits. Both films take innocence and sexuality to their extremes. What Rocky Horror did for monster movies, musicals and science fiction, Psycho Beach Party does to psychological thrillers, surfer/Gidget movies and slasher films. Charles Busch, the writer of the film and the play, has been New York's dirty little secret for over a decade. When Busch's "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom" was a hit downtown, I remember seeing people read the marquee, laugh, wince, then laugh again self consciously. Charles Busch brings this same combination of joy and guilt together wonderfully in Psycho Beach Party. He acts in it as well, he's the female detective that looks so damned good in that blue uniform. Its a shame theater doesn't inspire film as often as it once did. Theatrical dialogue, laced as it is the references and innuendo, requires a bit more suspension of disbelief from the audience. I'm not sure the "American Pie" generation is sophisticated enough to sit through something both silly and clever. Everyone shines in this cast, but no one outshines Chiclet. Let's leave it at that, in the wake of the "What Lies Beneath" fiasco, I'll leave the plot for people to discover. Unlike everyone at Universal Studios, I don't think people really want to know what happens before they go to the movies. Director Robert Lee King mocks the cinematic conceit of putting a film within a film not once but four times in less than a minute of screen time. It's a left, a right, a right, and a left knockout punch. And when you finish laughing about it -- King's little stunt will come back to haunt you later that night. Like Rocky Horror Picture Show, Psycho Beach Party is not the campy little trifle you thought you were being served...........


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