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This classic cult horror film, from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Lieberman, is a masterpiece of psychological suspense and terror.
At a party, someone goes insane and murders three women. Falsely accused of the brutal killings, Jerry (Red Shoe Diaries Zalman King) is on the run. More bizarre killings continue with alarming frequency all over town. Trying to clear his name, Jerry discovers the shocking truth...people are losing their hair and turning into violent psychopaths and the connection may be a drug all the murderers took a decade before. Soon, if Jerry can t stop it, the horror will become uncontrollable...the horror caused by Blue Sunshine!
- Audio Commentary with Director Jeff Lieberman
- Original short film The Ringer, Directed by Jeff Lieberman
- Still Gallery
- Rare Original Theatrical Trailer
- 30-minute Interview with the Director
Beneath this cautionary tale is both a twisted thriller and a wicked black comedy. --Turner Classic Movies
A horror movie you can take your mind to. --London Times
Top Customer Reviews
The film centers around an innocent man on the run played by Zalman King (of Red Shoes Diaries' fame). At a party he had attended, one of the guests (Billy Crystal's brother, in fact) goes berserk and murders several people. Tracking down convenient clues, it seems that this is not an insolated incident. Several normal citizens have turned to murder and the common threads seem to be a loss of hair and a degree from Stanford. Great job, Stanford! Is it tied to an experimental drug the victims used ten years ago? How does a local congressional candidate fit into all the unpleasantness? Will the lone hapless detective on the case catch King before he has a chance to unveil the truth? Will King's girlfriend get another hat?Read more ›
Here's the scoop. Zalman King is at a Christmas party with some friends. One guy goes nuts and kills three of the women. King becomes a suspect. Other psycho deaths happen in the area and King does a little investigative work of his own. He finds out all the killers were at the same university at the same time and all probably availed themselves to Blue Sunshine, one of the varieties of LSD making the rounds at the time. It's been incubating inside the takers these ten years causing them to all lose their hair and go violently bananas.
This is some pretty dumb stuff. Because of the obvious clues, the viewer puts everything together before the participants. It's just a matter of how it will all come together and that was really lame. It was clumsy and dumb. Characters did and said things that were not at all in line with the scene. And King's trying to find the center of it all, with the authorities' trying to track him down, didn't even reach the level of a made for TV movie. Jeff Lieberman's directing was stiff and some of the production values, particularly the lighting, were pretty awful. I liked Lieberman's "Squirm" quite a bit. His "Satan's Littler Helper" I could have done without. After seeing this I won't be quick to track down his other endeavors.
It was interesting to see Zalman King before he went into directing. Mark Goddard, of "Lost in Space" fame and Robert Waldon turned in decent performances. Everyone else was sub prime.
This needed a much better script. How it became a cult hit in some circles is beyond me. Unless you have a lot of time on your hands, I'd give it a pass.