Hysterical (film)

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Directed by Chris Bearde
Produced by William J. Immerman
Gene Levy
Written by Chris Bearde
Bill Hudson
Brett Hudson
Mark Hudson
Trace Johnston
Starring (See article)
Music by Bob Alcivar
Robert O. Ragland
Cinematography Thomas Del Ruth
Edited by Stanley Frazen
Distributed by Embassy Pictures
Release date
  • July 30, 1983 (1983-07-30)
Country USA
Language English
Budget $6 million[1]

Hysterical is a 1983 film from Embassy Pictures that was intended to spoof the horror movies that were abundant at the time. The Hudson Brothers star in this movie.


Frederic "Casper" Lansing (Bill Hudson) is a writer who hopes to find inspiration while vacationing in Hellview, Oregon; however, the lighthouse in which he's staying is haunted by the ghost of Venetia (Julie Newmar), who had killed herself 100 years ago and now wants to use Lansing as a vessel for her dead lover, Captain Howdy (Richard Kiel). When Howdy's ghost starts killing people, two bumbling scientists (Brett Hudson and Mark Hudson) are brought in to investigate the history of the lighthouse and solve the case.

The film is a spoof of John Carpenter's The Fog, and many other horror movies in the last couple of decades.

A repeated joke is that the "zombies" all wear turtle-neck sweaters and say "What difference does it make?" at which point the heroes all run off screaming "Zombies". Another running gag is the lunatic character Ralph (Robert Donner), who tells everyone "You're doomed", instead becomes injured himself.


Actor Role
Bill Hudson Frederic "Casper" Lansing
Mark Hudson Dr. Paul Batton
Brett Hudson Fritz Batton
Cindy Pickett Kate
Richard Kiel Captain James Howdy
Julie Newmar Venetia
Bud Cort Dr. John
Robert Donner Ralph
Murray Hamilton The Mayor
Clint Walker The Sheriff
Franklyn Ajaye Leroy
Charlie Callas Count Dracula
Keenan Wynn Old Fisherman
Gary Owens TV announcer
John Larroquette Bob X. Cursion

Home media[edit]

Hysterical was released on DVD by Image Entertainment on January 30, 2001.


  1. ^ The New Star Producers: The New 'Star' Producers Chase, Donald Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Mar 14, 1982; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Times (1881-1990) pg. K1

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