An entertaining cross between Porky’s and Carrie which stars Scott Baio, alias Chachi from Happy Days, as Barney, a nerdy high-school senior who gets zapped in a chem-lab explosion, and finds he has the power to move objects by thought alone.
Cue lots of teen high jinks, such as telekinetically divesting the busty local girls of their blouses, and taking control of the ball during a school baseball game.
There are further tips of the hat to De Palma’s seminal 1976 shocker, Carrie, only this is much more madcap and surprisingly amusing.
The film features Robert Mandan, Scatman Crothers, Sue Ane Langdon and an up and coming Heather Thomas.
The 1989 sequel, Zapped Again! had a new kid in town (Todd Eric Andrews) inheriting the zap powers. Also appearing were Linda Blair, Karen Black (in a small role), Sue Anne Langdon (returning from the original) and Lyle Alzado.
How bad was it? Scriptwriter Bruce Rubin had his name removed to try and avoid any further embarrassment.
It probably all seems a bit sexual assault-y to modern audiences.
Sue Ane Langdon
‘Too Mean’ Levine
Robert J Rosenthal