PSYCHO BEACH PARTY – Blu-ray Review
I’ve never heard of this film before reviewing it, but after watching it for the first time on Blu-ray, I believe Psycho Beach Party should instantly be a 2000’s cult classic.
PSYCHO BEACH PARTY is a wickedly fun satire of Hollywood movie genres. Chicklet (Lauren Ambrose – CAN’T HARDLY WAIT, HBO’s SIX FEET UNDER), a wannabe surf-girl with a split personality, becomes the primary suspect after a string of humorously gruesome murders terrifies the teen set. When the clues take her to the beach, the fun and suspense begin.
At the beach, Chicklet crosses paths with burnt-out surf guru Kanaka (Thomas Gibson, CRIMINAL MINDS, DHARMA & GREG), dreamy surfboy Starcat (Nicholas Brendon, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), and stylish homicide detective Monica Stark (Charles Busch, DIE MOMMIE DIE!). PSYCHO BEACH PARTY also stars Amy Adams (AMERICAN HUSTLE, BIG EYES),Matt Keeslar (SCREAM 3), Beth Broderick (SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH), Kimberly Davies (THE NEXT BEST THING) and Kathleen Robertson (BEVERLY HILLS, 90210).
Psycho Beach Party is all about, well, a beach party… featuring a psycho killer. This little film released back in 2000, but somehow, through all these years, have gone under my radar. It features some big actors in it who at the time were up and coming. (Unless you’re Nicholas Brendon because Xander!) Everyone’s performances in this film were way over the top, which is exactly what the film is going for. It’s campy, it’s fun, it’s a teen rom com/slasher/thriller/comedy, all wrapped into one.
Psycho Beach Party has some very odd scenes, but stays true to what it is: a horror movie. Even if it is done in a Scary Movie type of way, it still has those slasher scenes we’ve all come to love. All in all, Psycho Beach Party is a fun, campy ride of a movie.
- Commentary Track by director Robert Lee King and actor Charles Busch
• Music Video by Los Straightjackets (3:36)
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