cranky home
Reviews since 1993:   A-E     F-N      O-Z    Posters       Who We Are and Why We Do What We Do         Search the Site

Your Donations support the Site

Top Selling DVD     Books

50 Shades of Grey
Exodus Gods and Kings
Grand Budapest Hotel
Imitation Game, The
Into the Woods

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Theory of Everything
Ride Along
We're the Millers
The Great Gatsby
The Avengers
Amazing Spider-Man
Girl w/ Dragon Tattoo
Dark Knight Trilogy
World War Z
Happy Feet 2
Iton Man 3 combo
Batman Begins
Dark Knight
Fifth Element
The Hangover
Hunger Games
James Bond 11 disc coll.
Lord of the Rings trilogy
Mission Impossible GP
Sherlock Holmes AGOS
Singing in the Rain
Snow White Huntsman
Star Trek Into Darkness combo
Star Wars Saga
21 Jump Street
Ultimate Matrix coll
X-Men First Class
X-Men Trilogy
X-Men Wolverine

 BLU-Ray for Family DVDs 
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
A Bug's Life
Chronicles of Narnia set
Harry Potter 1-8 collection
Iron Man 2 combo
Kung Fu Panda
Lord of the Rings Trilogy Pinocchio
Pirates of Caribbean trilogy
Pixar short films
Shrek the Whole Story
Sleeping Beauty
The Smurfs
Snow White & 7 Dwarfs
Star Trek motion pictures set
Star Trek TNG Season One
Star Wars Saga (1-6)
Toy Story combo
Toy Story 2 combo
Toy Story 3 combo
Wall-E SE


Search engine by FreeFind
Click to add search to YOUR web site!
click to search site

Alice in Wonderland
Beauty and the Beast
Kung Fu Panda
The Lion King
Mary Poppins 45th LE
Princess Mononoke
Shrek the Whole Story
Simpsons Movie
Spider-Man Trilogy
Spirited Away
Star Trek movies set
Star Trek TOS (TV)
ST:TNG complete tv set
Star Wars Trilogy (1-3)
Star Wars Trilogy (4-6)
Toy Story DVD combo
Toy Story 2 DVD combo
Toy Story 3 DVD combo
Wallace and Gromit
Wall-E SE

Buy Movie collectibles
TV/Movie Collectibles

movie review query engine

NY film critics online

Privacy Policy

Psycho Beach Party

Rated [R], 94 minutes
Starring Lauren Ambrose
Screenplay by Charles Busch, based on his play
Directed by Robert Lee King

IN SHORT: Movies this bad are why God invented Percocet.

There's a reason Hollywood stopped making beach party movies back around 1963 or 1964. . .

They sucked.

There's a reason why the gay community has embraced the beach movie as a kind of icon . . .

ah, hell no, that's too easy.

Actually, it was the Beatles and the rest of the Brit rockers that killed the beach movie. On a totally different tangent, it was Charles Busch who made a name himself outside of the New York gay community for his onstage female impersonations back in the 1980s. Busch steps aside to let a biologically correct female play the lead in Psycho Beach Party, a kitchen sink mish-mash of beach movies and bad 1950s horror/terror flicks. Whatever made the play popular downtown has made it to the screen, we guess. While Busch's rep may have gotten recognition outside of the East Village, drag humor is still drag humor. An acquired taste.

The flick follows the beach genre strictly. Would be popular babe Florence Forest (Lauren Ambrose) desperately wants to hang out with the coolest guys on the beach, the surfers. All that's holding her back is a flat chest and an inability to surf. When she goes to the reigning king of the beach, the Great Kanaka (Thomas Gibson) , he laughs at her flatness. Which triggers a schizophrenic personality change, from Flo to Anne Bowman, which Kanaka likes.

Do you think it's possible that Flo, psycho that she obviously is, is responsible for the slasher killings down at the Drive-In, where The Pizza Waitress with Three Heads starring Bettina Barnes (Kimberly Davies) is playing? Police Detective Monica Stark (Charles Busch), the first female homicide detective in LA is . . . suspicious.

Flo, accepted by the surf bums, is renamed "Chick-let" and gets to cheer the boys on as they ride the waves and wrestle manfully on the beach. And while Chicklet waits for her breasts to pop, Yo-Yo and Provoloney are trying out peignoirs found in Bettina's closet (the film star is hiding out at the beach, y'see) prancing about like . . . ah the hell with this.

Yes, the gay audience I watched this flick with was busting a gut with almost every line. Busch has packed his flick with double entendre and homoeroticism and a ton of jokes that sound like they've been written in code. Some jokes are universal. None of the ones in Psycho Beach Party are.

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Eight Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Psycho Beach Party, he would have paid...


I had gay friends, may they rest in peace, who would have been hysterical at this monstrosity. Maybe the afterlife has a direct satellite connection?

Click Here!

The Cranky Critic website is Copyright © 1995  -  2017  by Chuck Schwartz. Articles by Paul Fischer are Copyright © 1999 - 2006 Paul Fischer. All images, unless otherwise noted, are property of,©, ®, their respective studios and are used by permission. All Rights Reserved. Not to be used or copied for any commercial purpose. Academy Award(s) and Oscar®(s) are registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.