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Blue Sunshine (1977)

A bizarre series of murders begins in Los Angeles, where people start going bald and then become homicidal maniacs. But could the blame rest on a particularly dangerous form of LSD called Blue Sunshine the murderers took ten years before?

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Jeff Lieberman

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Jeff Lieberman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zalman King ... Jerry Zipkin
Deborah Winters ... Alicia Sweeney
Mark Goddard ... Edward Flemming
Robert Walden ... David Blume
Charles Siebert ... Detective Clay
Ann Cooper ... Wendy Flemming
Ray Young ... Wayne Mulligan
Alice Ghostley ... O'Malley's Neighbor
Stefan Gierasch ... Lt. Jennings
Richard Crystal ... Frannie Scott
Bill Adler Bill Adler ... Ralphie
Barbara Quinn Barbara Quinn ... Stephanie
Adriana Shaw Adriana Shaw ... Barbara O'Malley
Bill Sorrells Bill Sorrells ... Ritchie Grazzo
Jeffrey Druce ... Junkie (as Jeffry Druce)
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Storyline

At a party, someone goes insane and murders three women. Falsely accused of the brutal killings, Jerry 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 some LSD all the murderers took a decade before. Written by alfiehitchie

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1967...doctors and scientists predicted it...1977...the NIGHTMARE has begun! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adistaktoi dolofonoi See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$550,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Ellanby Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The voice dubbing for Stephanie's kids often doesn't match the footage. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

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Featured in The Locations of 'Blue Sunshine' (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Just In Time
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Music by Jule Styne
Licensed by Chappell and Co. Inc.
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Jeff Lieberman--underrated and overlooked director
13 May 2003 | by capkronosSee all my reviews

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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