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The disco for the films climax was actually a country-western bar in L.A. that was converted to look like a discotheque. At the time of shooting, the disco craze hadn't yet reached the west coast. See more »
The voice dubbing for Stephanie's kids often doesn't match the footage. See more »
Man fleeing discotheque:
There's a bald maniac in there, and he's going bat shit!
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'Blue Sunshine' [soundtrack] performed by the Humane Society for the Preservation of Good Music See more »
Many DVD releases were sourced from the old Vestron video release containing the theatrical version, but the 2006 DVD by Synapse Films was sourced from an uncut 35mm print provided by Jeff Lieberman, because the original negative was missing. In 2015, Lieberman finally located the original camera negative for the film at a warehouse in Los Angeles. Distribupix is currently scanning and remastering the film in a fully-loaded special edition Blu-Ray. See more »
Jeff Lieberman--underrated and overlooked director
A small group of Stanford college grads, who had taken a bad batch of LSD called "Blue Sunshine," start feeling the side-effects ten years later. Instead of bad acid flashbacks, they start losing their hair and deteriorate into erratic, sweaty, screaming, zombie-like killers that hate loud sounds.
Ambitious low-budgeter has decent performances, a few good shocks and an interesting plot to offset some dated aspects to the story (like an unintentionally funny attack at a disco) and a seemingly incomplete ending (that seems to suggest this is based on an actual case!). Political satire remains relevant today and when one of the affected lurks around a mall at the end, DAWN OF THE DEAD (which was made later) will instantly come to mind.
Star Zalman King, also in GALAXY OF TERROR (1981), went on to direct and produce a record number of 90s erotic movies and TV series (RED SHOE DIARIES). The director also made SQURIM, JUST BEFORE DAWN and REMOTE CONTROL, all above average low-budgeters.
Score: 6 out of 10
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