Blue Sunshine, 1978 - ★★★

Blue Sunshine, 1978 - ★★★


..::Dissociative December - A Cold Month Of Mind Control::..

“You've got to squeeze the trigger and don't jerk it. Because if you jerk, it won't work.” - Jerry Zipkin (Zalman King)

A batch of highly volatile military bound LSD went missing in the late 60s, and somehow wound up being sold to Stanford's students. Cut forward 10 years and the now grown up acid heads are losing their hair and marbles. And have started turning into uncontrollable killers. Jerry Zipkin the best friend of the first balding killer, slowly uncovers the hair raising truth. Which link a current congress candidate Edward Flemming, with high school drug dealing.

Wow another 70's movie I remember being far better when I was a teen, still NY horror genre director Jeff Lieberman managed to craft an enjoyable low budget cheesy no brainer with Blue Sunshine. Sadly it isn't half as psychedelic as the LSD induced balding crazies drugsploitation plot would suggests.

Sean Penn's body double Zalman King plays central hero Jerry Zipkin, I couldn't decide if hes a poor actor or the characters was just so poorly written. He acts like hes a member of Scooby Doo's Mystery Inc, only its not fake face masks he pulls off, but wigs. The dumbest and probably most entertaining scene features an ex college football player Wayne Mulligan Ray Young, freaking out in a shopping mall, then being suppressed in a cheesy disco by loud music. He was like a cross between 'Back to the Futures' Biff and 'The Goonies' Sloth.

[Personal Reasons For OBEYING]

The plots much less about person control than I remembered it being... but screw it, too late now

[x] The most basic form of mind control is repetition - Kids drive their babysitter Wendy Flemming over the edge while watching commercials on TV, they keep asking her “I want Dr Pepper, Dr Pepper, Dr Pepper....”

[x] Thrills'n'pills - End credits mention LSD trials on US soldiers.

[x] wtf moment - Barbra Streisand & Frank Sinatra singing puppets ?

Originally taken from Letterboxd

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