Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills (1994)





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The Hollywood wife of a noted paleontologist finds herself afflicted with an angry shaman's curse. Now craving raw fish and wanting to hang from trees, Pixie must do something fast before she completes her physical transformation and becomes the film's title.
R (adult situations/language, sex)
Comedy , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Beverly D'Angelo
as Pixie Chandler
Aron Eisenberg
as Tommy Chandler
Aaron Eisenberg
as Tommy Chandler
Brion James
as Sam/Salvador Dali
Brad Wilson
as Dick Chandler
Sharon Martin
as Jenny Chandler
Stephen McHattie
as Dr. Egbert Drum
Aleks Shaklin
as Dr. Zavenbrot
Ron Soble
as Pablo Picasso
Moon Zappa
as Susie
Eddie Wilde
as Janensch
Carmine Zozzora
as Dr. Harold Harold
Jonathan Ball
as Officer Othello
Holley Chant
as Mrs. Hoffman
Sonia Cole
as Mystic Woman
Eddi Wilde
as Janetsch
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Audience Reviews for Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills

An oddball film that tells the story of Pixie, wife of a paleontologist, afflicted with a Kafkaesque curse that turns her into a pterodactyl after her husband disturbs sacred ground will digging for fossils. Beverly D'Angelo throws herself completely into the role, delivering what must be the strangest performance of her career as she squawks, flaps and generally freaks out in a scenery-gnawing frenzy. The first half of the film is quite good, poking sly fun at suburban superficiality, New Age nonsense and airheaded political correctness. Dame Edna has three cameos as three different minor characters. Halfway through, though, the film veers off the rails and just turns bizarre and nearly incoherent, going so far as to insert a strange musical number that has D'Angelo singing a song about blue martinis. An Irish guru, a government cryptozoologist and a professor of something or other team up to figure out what to do about the pterodactyl woman, who might be some kind of security threat. She literally lays an, which they take away, then return to her... and it hatches... and then some other weird stuff happens and there are multiple scenes shot with fish-eye lenses. "Pterodactyl Woman" is entertaining most of the time, even when it's being weird for weirdness' sake. It's Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" meets "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." And it's *strange.*

Brian Seitzman
Brian Seitzman

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