DVD Psycho Beach Party [DVD] [Widescreen] [2001] [English] [Region 1] (DVD 39313),
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Psycho Beach Party [DVD] [Widescreen] [2001] [English] [Region 1]

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  • PSYCHO BEACH PARTY was scripted by playwright Charles Busch (author of the long-running off-Broadway hit VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM), adapted from his 1987 play of the same title. Florence Forest (Lauren Ambrose) is a perky but unfulfilled teen. After witnessing the antics of a gang of strapping young surfer dudes at the beach one day, she decides surfing's the thing for her, and asks the group leader, the "Great Kanaka" (Thomas Gibson), to give her lessons. But Kanaka won't give Florence (or rather "Chicklet," as she is soon dubbed by the boys) the time of day--until her alter ego, S/M dominatrix Ann Bowman, unexpectedly makes an appearance. Meanwhile, a mysterious killer is offing the town's teens one by one. Detective Monica Stark (played by Busch himself) is on the case, but soon her investigation is complicated by an overabundance of suspects: Could the killer be Florence's frustrated mom, who disapproves of the company her daughter's been keeping? There's also B-movie babe Bettina Barnes (Kimberley Davies), in town incognito after running away from her studio. And then, of course, there's schizophrenic Florence herself. Expertly mimicking the corny, frantically upbeat tone of 1960s teen flicks, PSYCHO BEACH PARTY is a campy (and occasionally raunchy) alternative treat.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9900-2

  • Credits
    Lauren Ambrose, Thomas Gibson, Nicholas Brendon, Danni Wheeler, Charles Busch, Kimberley Davies, Amy Adams, Beth Broderick, Matt Keeslar, Kathleen Robertson, Nick Cornish, Andrew Levitas
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[A] raucous theatrical spoof of GIDGET, BEACH PARTY movies and teen slasher films..."
    New York Times

    "...[An] enjoyable raunchfest that pokes fun at several genres....[A] tantalizing cast..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "...You won't want to miss the fish-belly-white Nicholas Brendon and his blue-screen surf scenes..."
    Entertainment Weekly

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