Sunday, October 11, 2009

Silver Screen Sunday {Psycho Beach Party}

The second 'spooky' film for October is the 2000 spoof of 1960s Beach Party/Gidget films and slasher horror flicks, Psycho Beach Party. Although the film itself is not actually scary, it's still a great Halloween film! And one of my favourite films of all-time.

The best costumes are all of the great bathers/swimsuits. Now, I'm not a beach person - in fact, I would go so far as to say I positively loathe the beach but I love swimsuits! And surf music.

Lauren Ambrose, who stars as Florence 'Chicklet' Forrest, has the most costume changes in terms of swimsuits and I think they're all very cute.

But almost every cast member is seen in a swimsuit at least once! Amy Adams, as Marvel Ann, sports the frilly pink bikini and my fellow countryman (or, rather, woman) Kimberley Davies - who appears as Bettina Barnes, a b-movie star - glams it up in a blue one-piece and giant straw hat. Reclining on a beach chair in the shade is the only kind of beach activity I'm drawn to, I must admit. So long as it includes a mocktail with a little umbrella in it!

I found some very cute suits on etsy that look exactly like something Chicklet would wear.

Found here on etsy.

I don't usually like to include spoilers about the plot in these but I want to explain what makes this suit so perfect for the film - Chicklet has a split personality and her alter is triggered by circles! So, the circle print on this suit could have some interesting effects. Found here on etsy.

Found here on etsy.

This one is definitely my favourite. Isn't it too sweet? Found here on etsy.

One of the final scenes is a Luau (although the surfers refer to it as an 'orgy'...while I'm talking about the surfers, they have the best nicknames: Kanaka, Starcat, Yo Yo and Provolone.)

I just couldn't go past adding in a couple of Hawaiian shirts for the fellas (but, of course, gals can wear them, too):

Found here on etsy.

Found here on etsy.

And just to prove that everyone wasn't running around in their swimsuits for the entire movie, here's a little look at some of the other costumes:
They're not 100% authentic but I think they're cute!

The film also has a fantastic soundtrack boasting the likes of Los Straitjackets, who actually appear in the film in a dance-off between Marvel Ann and Bettina Barnes at the Luau:

Florence's best friend, Bernadine, in her seance get-up. I couldn't resist adding this screencap in.

I know it's going into colder weather in the Northern Hemisphere but I hope you all still enjoyed this, anyway! I sure can't wait for the warmer weather to hit here properly. It's lovely today but it's going to be cold again, tomorrow. Boo!

Andi B. Goode


  1. I'm currently looking for a vintage-inspired swimsuit, and this has give me some great inspiration - thank you! :)

    A xx

  2. I love love that little yellow play suit!

  3. Madeleine Miranda: Thank-you. =]
    Lilee: I'm glad! Thanks. =D
    Andrea: You're welcome! And, well, thank-you. I'm glad it gave you some inspiration!
    Jen: Isn't it just too lovely? Thanks for the comment. =]

  4. I love the collection of stills! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Catherine: You're welcome. =] And thank-you! =D


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