Blue Sunshine (film)

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Blue Sunshine
Blue Sunshine (film).jpg
Theatrical poster to Blue Sunshine (1978)
Directed by Jeff Lieberman
Produced by George Manasse
Written by Jeff Lieberman
Starring Zalman King
Deborah Winters
Robert Walden
Mark Goddard
Brion James
Charles Siebert
Music by Charles Gross
Cinematography Don Knight
Edited by Brian Smedley-Aston
Russ Kingston
Distributed by Cinema Shares International
Release date
  • May 12, 1978 (1978-05-12) (U.S.)
Running time
94 mins.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $550,000[1]

Blue Sunshine is a 1978 American horror film written and directed by Jeff Lieberman and starring Zalman King, Deborah Winters, and Mark Goddard. The plot focuses on a series of random murders in Los Angeles, in which the only common link between the perpetrators is a mysterious strain of LSD that they had all taken years prior.

Over the years, the film attracted a cult following,[2][3] and was released on special edition DVD by Synapse Entertainment in 2003.


In the midst of a party a reveler croons to the rest of the room and has his hair suddenly pulled off by a curious friend. The bald crooner then has a psychotic break and starts killing everyone. Jerry Zipkin (Zalman King), is wrongly accused of the murders, and tries to gather evidence to prove his innocence with the help of Alicia Sweeney (Deborah Winters). He discovers that ten years prior, a group of college kids had taken a new form of LSD called "Blue Sunshine," which causes its users to lose their hair and become homicidal maniacs many years after their trip is over. Zipkin manages to defeat the crazed bodyguard of a local politician (Mark Goddard), and save the shopping mall discothèque by carefully remembering the advice of the gun shop employee.


Critical reception[edit]

AllMovie gave the film a mildly favorable review, calling it "too uneven to please a general audience" but "offers enough moments of interest for fans of horror films and offbeat cult items."[4]


  1. ^ Smith, Richard Harland (2013-05-10). "Blue Sunshine". Turner Classic Movies. TCM Underground. Retrieved 2014-11-13. 
  2. ^ Raffel, Lawrence, P., Blue Sunshine DVD Review Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Dansen, Jim, Blue Sunshine DVD Review
  4. ^ Guarisco, Donald. "Blue Sunshine - Review - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 

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