Zapped! (1982)




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In this comedy, a science experiment goes awry, leaving high-school wiz Barney (Scott Baio) with telekinetic powers. As Barney begins to experiment with his new abilities, he and his friend discover a variety of uses for them, including undressing the local high school girls.
Comedy , Drama
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Scott Baio
as Barney Springboro
Willie Aames
as Peyton Nichols
Robert Mandan
as Walter J. Coolidge
Heather Thomas
as Jane Mitchell
Felice Schachter
as Bernadette
Scatman Crothers
as Dexter Jones
Roger Bowen
as Mr. Springboro
Marya Small
as Mrs. Springboro
Greg Bradford
as Robert
Hilary Beane
as Corrine
Hardy Keith
as Roscoe
Irwin Keyes
as 'Too Mean' Levine
Dick Balduzzi
as Waiter
Bennett Liss
as Croupier
Ron Deutsch
as Larry
Eddie Deezen
as Sheldon
Bryan O'Byrne
as Fr. Murray
Ed Bakey
as Fr. Gallagher
Jan Leighton
as Einstein
LaWanda Page
as Mrs. Jones
Michael Wainwright
as 'Twisters' Member
Jason Hickman
as 'Twisters' Member
Phil Gilbreth
as 'Twisters' Member
Jewel Shepard
as Girl in Car (uncredited)
Fred Grabert
as 'Twisters' Member
Richard Paine
as 'Twisters' Member
Holly Rutherford
as Tiger Cheerleader
Lisa LeCover
as Tiger Cheerleader
P.J. Martin
as Tiger Cheerleader
Kym Fisher
as Tiger Cheerleader
Mieke Lanter
as Tiger Cheerleader
Hyde Anderson
as Spaceship Crew Member
James Loren
as Spaceship Crew Member
Dale Lott
as Spaceship Crew Member
Lynn Phillip Seibel
as Spaceship Crew Member
Randal Patrick
as Frat Boy #1
Demetre Phillips
as Frat Boy #2
Joshua Daniel
as Frat Boy #3
Daniel Dayan
as Frat Boy #4
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Critic Reviews for Zapped!

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

A half-baked, rather retarded parody of Carrie and a number of other films that, using the awesome power of their ignorance, drove telekinesis into the ground.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

A solid diversion with some occasional giggles to be mined.

Full Review… | May 21, 2016
Cinema Crazed

A smarmy vehicle designed to showcase teen idols Scott (Happy Days) Baio and Willie (Eight Is Enough) Aames.

Full Review… | September 19, 2014
People Magazine

The only possible reason to watch this one is for the nostalgia factor.

Full Review… | March 27, 2012
Three Movie Buffs

Zapped! fancies itself to be the bad boy and flirts with that image, but this low-rent production is far too wholesome and blandly unfunny for that affectation to be convincing.

Full Review… | February 26, 2012
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Zapped!'s place as a bona fide cult classic is nothing short of baffling...

Full Review… | February 9, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Zapped!


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 Harris
Ed Fucking Harris

Super Reviewer

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

This is the basic high school sex comedy. A kid drinks a potion that gives him telekinetic powers and the only thing he uses it for is to see naked girls.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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