Hysterical (1983) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
4.9/ 10 (470 Votes)

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Release Date
(France) - 16 March 1983
(USA) - July 1983
(Finland) - 29 July 1983
(Australia) - 8 September 1983

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Are you insane enough to watch this? "These boys are funny" Idi Amin WARNING This movie contains scenes of violent comedy, explicit humour and excessive laughter. The Movie You're Holding in Your Hand is So Bad it's HYSTERICAL!

author, blackboard, boulder, carnival, corpse, corpse-in-water, dracula, excursion, fog, ghost, haunting, independent-film, investigation, library, lighthouse, madness, marijuana, pants-falling-down, possession, resurrection, spoof, tour-guide, vacation, vampire, vampire-bat,

Technical Support
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

Related Pictures

See Hysterical Pictures

Full Cast

  1. Ajaye, Franklyn as [Leroy] <11>
  2. Browne, Robert Alan as [New York Press Man]
  3. Callas, Charlie as [Dracula] <12>
  4. Castle, Gene as [Lead Zombie Dancer]
  5. Chudnow, Dick as [Looney]
  6. Cort, Bud as [Dr. John] <33>
  7. Diehl, John as [Taxi Driver]
  8. Donner, Robert (I) as [Ralph] <8>
  9. Hamilton, Murray (I) as [Mayor] <9>
  10. Hudson, Bill (I) as [Frederic Lansing/Casper] <1>
  11. Hudson, Brett as [Fritz] <3>
  12. Hudson, Mark (I) as [Dr. Paul Batton] <2>
  13. Kiel, Richard as [Captain Howdy] <5>
  14. Larroquette, John as [Bob X. Cursion]
  15. Owens, Gary (I) as (voice) [TV Announcer] <24>
  16. Sneed, Maurice as [Looney]
  17. Walker, Clint (I) as [Sheriff] <10>
  18. Wynn, Keenan as [Fisherman] <113>
  19. Bearde, Amanda H. as [Teenage Girl]
  20. Bowman, Pamela as [New York Model #2]
  21. Casey, Sue (I) as [Bookstore Society Lady #2]
  22. Cherry, Kathy as [Sexy Girl]
  23. Colbert, Pat as [Hooker #1]
  24. Core, Natalie as [Bookstore Society Lady #1]
  25. Damian, Janeen as [Zombie Dancer]
  26. Flaherty, Mary Ellen as [Bookstore Society Lady #4]
  27. Gaybis, Anne as (uncredited) [Waitress]
  28. Lomas, Pauline as [Looney Nurse]
  29. Mäkelä, Helena (I) as [Nurse]
  30. Newmar, Julie as [Venetia] <6>
  31. Pickett, Cindy as [Kate] <4>
  32. Shriner, Indy as [Hooker #2]
  33. Willette, JoAnn as [Bookstore Society Lady #3]


  1. Comedy
  2. Horror

Full Plot

A burned out writer retreats to a northwest town called Hellview to write the great American novel. Unfortunately for him, the lighthouse he is renting is inhabited by the spirit of a woman who killed herself there one hundred years before and now wants him to replace her lost love, Captain Howdy. When Captain Howdy is resurrected, two daring adventure seekers are brought in to solve the case and find out the secret of the lighthouse. Todd A. Bobenrieth Plot not found

Movie Certificate

12 (Iceland)
PG (Australia)
K-12 (Finland)
15 (Norway)


  1. Del Ruth, Thomas

Dress Designers

  1. Tillen, Jodie Lynn


Astro Distribution [de] - (2004) (Germany) (DVD)
Embassy Home Entertainment [us] - (video)
Embassy Pictures Corporation [us] - (1983) (USA) (theatrical)
Entertainment in Video [gb] - (1983) (UK) (video)
First Look International [us] - (1990) (worldwide) (all media)
Image Entertainment [us] - (2001) (USA) (DVD)
Image Entertainment [us] - (USA) (laserdisc)

Film Editors

  1. Frazen, Stanley


Librarian: The library is closed. All white people must leave. Kate: Forget therapy, he needs a quaalude. [In a lifeboat] Dr. Paul Batton: Now what do we do? Fritz: We can always dive for the Andrea Doria. I know it's around here somewhere. Fritz: Oh, so this is Mexico. [Dr. Paul Batton looks at Fritz, the map, and the tall trees around them, then grabs the map, turns it upside down, and hands it back to Fritz.] Oh, so this is Oregon. [Dr. Paul Baton, Fritz, and Kate all run to the sheriff's office.] Dr. Paul Batton: We've got trouble! Fritz: Right here in River City! All: With a capital T and that rhymes with G and that stands for GHOUL! Kate: We've got Captain Howdy! Dr. Paul Batton: Right here in Hellview City! Fritz: With a capital C and that rhymes with Z and that stands for Zom... bie. Dr. Paul Batton: Your father is the sheriff? Kate: Yes. Dr. Paul Batton: [voice over] Well, kiss off getting laid. Dr. Paul Batton: Now listen Fritz, this is no longer Casper, it's a demon. The Devil is alive, he will NEVER tell the truth. Whatever you do, dont fall for it. Fritz: Dont worry Paul, I wont. Frederic Lansing: Fritz, your shoes are untied! [Fritz looks down] Fritz: Dont listen to him Fritz. Fritz: I wont. Frederic Lansing: Fritz, your zippers down. [Fritz looks down] Dr. Paul Batton: Dont listen to him Fritz. Fritz: I wont. Frederic Lansing: FRITZ... YOUR PANTS ARE DOWN! Fritz: Oh no you dont, I'm not gonna fall for it this time. Dont worry Paul, I wont listen to him. Dr. Paul Batton: Pull your pants up Fritz.

Other Titles

  1. Ein Sprung in der Schüssel (1983) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA
  2. Depoe Bay, Oregon, USA
  3. Newport, Oregon, USA