Starring: Zalman King, Deborah Winters, Robert Walden, Mark Goddard, Charles Siebert
Screenplay: Jeff Lieberman
Director: Jeff Lieberman
Cult classic late ‘70s film with future softcore maven Zalman King as Jerry Zipkin, who witnesses a friend’s psychotic break during a party at which it’s discovered he’s wearing a toupee and is completely hairless. The male partygoers go looking for the guy, Fran, but he comes back and kills three of the women and then fights Jerry in the road, before Fran is hit and killed by a truck. For no good reason other than the plot requires it, Jerry doesn’t stay to talk to the cops and goes on the run, becoming prime suspect in the murders, with only his girlfriend Alicia (Winters) and doctor friend David (Walden) to help, as he tries to solve what caused not only Fran’s but other people’s psychosis and alopecia, all happening the same week, and all the people connected to Ed Flemming (Goddard, best known for Lost in Space), who’s running for Congress,. Flemming sold them “blue sunshine” LSD 10 years ago in college, which is now having a long-delayed series of side effects.
Ludicrous, hole-filled plotting and uneven acting, but Lieberman at least has an interesting (if nonsensical) premise for this quasi-horror film, which along with some other goofy choices elevates what is otherwise a nicely-paced if undistinguished low-budget thriller. King is quite good as well, believable even when doing stupid things. Look for an early appearance by character actor Brion James as a guest who disrupts the party with an unsettling Rodan impression.