Hysterical (film)

Hysterical is an American comedy film directed by Chris Bearde. Released on July 30, 1983, by Embassy Pictures, it is a spoof of the horror film genre. The film stars the Hudson Brothers.

Directed byChris Bearde
Produced byWilliam J. Immerman
Gene Levy
Written byChris Bearde
Bill Hudson
Brett Hudson
Mark Hudson
Trace Johnston
Starring(See article)
Music byBob Alcivar
Robert O. Ragland
CinematographyThomas Del Ruth
Edited byStanley Frazen
Distributed byEmbassy Pictures
Release date
  • July 30, 1983 (1983-07-30)
Budget$6 million[1]


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.


Home mediaEdit

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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