When a lab accident leaves high school student Barney Springboro (Scott Baio, TV s Happy Days and Charles in Charge) with telekinetic powers, it's a comic free-for-all in Zapped!
Encouraged by his friend, the hormonally minded Peyton Nichols (Willie Aames, TV s Eight is Enough and Charles in Charge) to put his powers to good use, Barney exacts revenge on school bullies, cheats a little at sports and improves his luck with the girls, culminating in a prom scene reminiscent of Carrie ... with laughs. Zapped! co-stars Heather Thomas (TV s The Fall Guy) as Jane, the cold-as-ice high school beauty; Felice Schachter (TV s The Facts of Life) as Bernadette, feminist class president, nerd and the girl of Barney s dreams; and Robert Mandan (TV s Soap) as high school principal Walter J. Coolidge.
The movies throws in a bit of everything: Revenge against bullies, mind-moving powers that make buttons pop open, a spaced out Vulcan and dummy, a team of professional exorcists, and a half naked cast on prom night that pays homage to Carrie (without the blood). Fun times indeed!
Actors: Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Scatman Crothers, Robert Mandan, Heather Thomas
Directors: Robert J. Rosenthal
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R Restricted
Studio: Olive Films
Release Date: May 24, 2016
Run Time: 98 minutes
Zapped! is a silly little film with a big heart that delivers exactly what these types of '80s teen comedies are known for -- good laughs and great atmosphere. If you have Zapped! on DVD and are wondering whether you should upgrade, the answer is an easy yes. The film looks quite wonderful in high-definition.
Did You Know?
Zapped! came out after the box office success of Porky's (1981), parts of the film were refilmed to increase the amount of nudity and to intentionally earn an R-rating.