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
Jewel Shepard
as Girl in Car (uncredited)
Phil Gilbreth
as 'Twisters' Member
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!

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 Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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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