Zapped!

1982, Comedy, 1h 36m

16 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Movie Info

A high-school whiz kid (Scott Baio) gains psychic powers from a lab explosion and makes a hit at the prom.

Cast & Crew

Scott Baio
Barney Springboro
Willie Aames
Peyton Nichols
Heather Thomas
Jane Mitchell
Robert Mandan
Walter J. Coolidge
Greg Bradford
Robert Wolcott
Sue Ane Langdon
Rose Burnhart
Roger Bowen
Mr. Springboro
Mews Small
Mrs. Springboro
Fran Schuster
Executive Producer
Howard R. Schuster
Executive Producer
Daniel Pearl
Cinematographer
Charles Fox
Original Music
Boyd Willat
Art Director
Wendy Fine
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Critic Reviews for Zapped!

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (15)

Audience Reviews for Zapped!

  • Jan 31, 2016
    Technically speaking, this movie is fairly terrible. It's poorly made, the dialogue is laughable, the special effects are even worse, it's fairly sexist, particularly its third act, the acting is substandard. So, really, there's nothing that's kind of good about this film. Yet, to be honest, there's a certain charm about the film that's hard to deny. And I mean a certain B-movie charm, like the film knows that it's terrible and it doesn't pretend to be anything other than that. I know this film is 34 years old, by this point, but they can't have imagined that Scott Baio staring at something with his death gaze to make it move wouldn't be seen as terrible. Not to mention that Scott Baio, to be fair, has never been a good actor. So it's made even more ridiculous by that fact. Like Scott is so obvious with his stares that it's completely unrealistic that nobody else in the movie, with the exception of Bernadette and Peyton, ever noticed that when Barney, Scott's character, had a stupid look on his face that shit moved 'on its own'. I mean you can't help but laugh at stuff like that. But the film still does some pretty cool stuff on its own, like there's the entire thing with Barney's mom thinking her son is possessed by a demon and calling priests in order to perform an exorcism. The film doesn't really have an actual story, like what's the purpose of the film, who the fuck knows? All it is is Barney going around and doing silly shit with his powers, like there's no real endgame here. I'm serious when I say that there is absolutely no point to this movie. The romantic subplot is something else in this movie. It literally comes out of nowhere, like Barney and Bernadette are hanging out, she says something about messing around and then there's the requisite romantic montage where they do various things, like go to picnics, make out, make passionate love. It's so bad that it's almost genius. The third act is almost horrifyingly sexist. Essentially, Barney, giving zero fucks, uses his powers to take everybody's clothes off during prom. But the only people in the prom that are ever fully naked in the film are the women. It's clearly another era, because you couldn't get away with this now and not have some sort of backlash, and a well-deserved one at that. I mean the scene is pretty crazy and somewhat fun, but it's obvious that these were different times and maybe not necessarily for the better. Again, realistically, this movie is terrible, but it entertained me with how bad it actually is, hence why it gets the rating it does. It's a considerably worse movie than the rating implies. This is clearly not recommended if you're looking for something that's good, but it's entertaining to watch if you know what you're in for. This is a movie you laugh at, not laugh with. So as long as you know, and are fine, with that, then this will offer a decent experience. Everyone else need not apply.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2011
    A pretty amusing 80's teen comedy. While it is amusing it isn't actually really very funny, with a few exceptions. Scartman Cruthers is in this as well, probably most famous for his role in The Shining. Barney is a science wiz. While working on an experiment he accidently causes an explosion which knocks him out. When he wakes up he has gained telekinetic powers, ie the ability to move things with his mind. Barney quickly uses his powers for what any other healthy teenager would. To give him an edge in gambling pursuits and to expose ladies boobies. Pretty generic of this era of comedy, actually a disappointment as far as laughs go. I didn't really find myself laughing at much here, though I did find the overall film entertaining and amusing enough. Worth a watch for fans of 80's teen comedies i guess, but far from essential.
    Ed Fucking H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2010
    A fun and very funny comedy, I enjoyed it a lot. Of course, it is does get a bit too goofy at times, but I still enjoyed it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2008
    OLD SCHOOL - loved this when I was a kid. I think mainly because they flashed boobs several times - HEATHER THOMAS flashes a couple of times
    Chad R Super Reviewer

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