Thursday, June 2, 2016

Psycho Beach Party

2000 American/Australian Feature

Cast: Lauren Ambrose, Thomas Gibson, Nicholas Brendon, Kimberley Davies, Matt Keeslar, Charles Busch, Beth Broderick, Danni Wheeler, Nick Cornish, Andrew Levitas, Amy Adams and Kathleen Robertson
Director: Robert Lee King
Writer: Charles Busch, based on his play

Chicklet, a schizophrenic surfer girl, is the main suspect when a rash of teen murders strikes her local beach hangout.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 53% / Audience: 66%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 42% / Audience: 8.7%
  • OMG rating: 7/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: B

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • L.A. Outfest Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film (Ambrose) and Special Programming Committee Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement (Production Design).

  • Set in 1962 Malibu Beach, Psycho Beach Party is a parody of 1950s psychodramas, 1960s beach movies and 1980s slasher films.
  • The play was originally entitled Gidget Goes Psychotic, but the title was changed due to concerns about copyright. In the original 1987 Off-Broadway production, Charles Busch played the role of Chicklet. Deciding that he might not be believable in the role of a sixteen-year-old girl ("while I can still manage, with the aid of a sympathetic cameraman, to play a sophisticated 25, 16 would be a stretch"), Busch added the Susan Hayward-inspired character of hard-boiled police captain Monica Stark to the movie.
  • For foreign distribution the flashback sex scene with Kanaka and Monica Stark (featuring a female body double for Charles Busch) was cut.

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