Considering it's written by female impersonator Charles Busch, right off the bat you can tell that "Psycho Beach Party" is going to be messy. This is one of the few messes that is simply so original and so much fun that it's hard to criticize it. Combining psychodramas from the 1950's, the "beach party" movies from the 1960's, and 1970's slasher flicks, somehow the film remains to keep its tone-- very, very tongue in cheek. The actors, all of whom either evoke the beach party look or add some kind of interesting character to the grand scheme of everything, almost effortlessly act just as cheesily (if that's even a word) as Sandra Dee did back in the "Gidget" days. The script, which of course is purposely written with camp, is simply perfect for the film. Busch evokes the silliness of the films he's either spoofing or copying, I can't decide which, and the small role of policewoman Monica Stark he writes in for himself gives him a chance to show off just how talented he is at being unique. "Psycho Beach Party" may sometimes be more fun to describe than to watch, but it's filled with such wacky fun and cartoony characters that it's almost impossible not to get a kick out of it. Look for Amy Adams in one of her first roles, too.