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Blue Sunshine (1978)

Cast: Ray Young, Ray Young, Argentina Brunetti, more...
Director: Jeff Lieberman, Jeff Lieberman
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Studio: Synapse Video
Genre: Cult, Horror
Running Time: 90 min.
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Several former college students find their former drug experiences catching up with them in an unexpected and terrifying manner in this clever horror outing. Jerry Zipkin (Zalman King) is a bright but troubled man in his late twenties who graduated from Stanford University in 1968 but hasn't had much luck getting his life in order since then. One night Jerry attends a party with a few old college buddies, and is shocked when one of them, Frannie (Richard Crystal), suddenly loses all his hair in a single lump and goes on a bloody rampage. When circumstantial evidence makes Jerry a key suspect in the murders of three women at the party, he sets out to find out what happened, and with the help of another school friend, surgeon David Blume (Robert Walden), he discovers a link between Frannie's bizarre behavior and several similar incidents which recently occurred. In each case, the killers attended Stanford in the late '60s, and all had used Blue Sunshine, a potent but tainted variety of LSD sold by Ed Flemming (Mark Goddard), a bootleg acid chemist who is now a respected mainstream political candidate. Jerry struggles to stay one step ahead of the law as he tries to piece the story together, knowing that another victim of the drug could go insane at any moment. Blue Sunshine was directed by Jeff Lieberman, who has two other cult favorites to his credit, Squirm and Just Before Dawn. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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extra trivia tidbit by sfbabe September 21, 2006 - 9:48 PM PDT
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The drug dealer/politico is played by Mark Goddard who played Major Don West in the series Lost in Space.

8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
I had no idea director Jeff Lieberman had such a catalog of films behind him and it's all thanks to this disc. He directed some great genre films including "Squirm" and one of my personal long lost favorites "Just Before Dawn". With "Blue Sunshine" one of his earlier efforts, he went further off the deep end and created another lost cult classic that's both creepy and quite frankly, unintentionally funny.

The plot is simple but to describe it would give a little too much away. It basically involves a drug a former student was dealing MANY YEARS BEFORE and soon, somewhere in his thirties, he realizes that the "dealer" was selling a drug that would make your average person into a total knife wheeling maniac but the catch is, it doesn't happen until YEARS LATER!

The scenes where our main characters go "insane" is where the film gets really funny, Lieberman has his actors go way over the top and it feels a bit intentional.

While the effects are minimal and cheesy and if you never saw it, no, the main character does not have a massive afro (I bought this film thinking she did, just look at the cover art) the film is a blast.

It should also be noted that Zalman King, the soft porn king behind such favorites as the "Red Shoe Diaries" films and series. Has an interesting role in the movie (no, he's not "playing an actor" he is one of the "actors") in the flick and his not that bad in front of the camera. If only we could get him to stop making those dam nudie flicks on Showtime and The Movie Channel!

I give Lieberman credit for the small budget he had to work with, he really uses his resources and gives us something of a surprise and once again, laughable ending. I suppose if this were the 70's it'd be taken a little more seriously.

The DVD features a great interview with the director as well as a short film he shot in film school that I must say is very well done.

Highly Reccomended.

FUN FILM FACT: Liberman wrote the screenplay for "The Neverending Story III" starring Jack Black as a "tough high school bully".

cult classic by MArdovino February 12, 2004 - 12:00 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Scared me big time when younger- now its just above average thriller with interesting political twist. Acting is best asset- great mood feel from 1970s.

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