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  • Summary: Described as a cross between a 1960's beach movie and an Alfred Hitchcock psychological thriller, this film focuses on a girl who joins the Malibu beach surfing scene and who is suspected as the perpetrator of a rash of homicides of the girl's friends.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
  1. If it doesn't always come off, enough headlong energy develops to carry it through.
  2. Overstays its welcome until the jokes curdle and the satire becomes a blunt instrument, but not before Busch throws some priceless one-liners.
  3. 42
    Never maintains the spark necessary to sustain a feature film.
  4. 40
    Ultimately, Psycho...can't overcome the redundancy of parodying a genre that long ago sank into its own satiric muck.
  5. 30
    The viewer is left to ponder the number of levels on which this counts as a pointless exercise -- a parody of parodic movies, a deconstruction of transparent genres, a self-negatingly knowing example of camp.
  6. 13
    Struggles like a fat kid on the gym rope to conjure up even a single decent laugh.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. NicholasA.
    Sep 17, 2005
    8
    It's not a "parody" type of comedy. The emphasis is what would have been happening on the periphary of those old movies, had they been It's not a "parody" type of comedy. The emphasis is what would have been happening on the periphary of those old movies, had they been real. It strikes a good balance of respecting the original style and adding a modern viewpoint. Collapse

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