Pandemonium (1982)

82 mins | Comedy, Horror | 1982

Producer:

Doug Chapin

Cinematographer:

Michel Hugo

Editor:

Eric Jenkins

Production Designer:

Jack De Shields

Production Company:

United Artists
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HISTORY

       The 1 Apr 1981 DV reported that the working title of the film was Thursday the 12th.
       Actress Eileen Brennan portrayed “Candy’s Mom,” but the role is credited to “A Friend” and Brennan’s name does not appear in the onscreen credits. An item in the 11 May 1981 Var noted that Maria Smith was cast in the film, however, she is not listed in onscreen credits. The 1 May 1981 HR listed William Elliott as the set designer, but Elliott does not receive credit onscreen.
       On 1 Apr 1981, DV announced that United Artists signed a four picture deal with The Movie Company, run by business partners Mel Simon and Barry Krost. Under the agreement, Krost and Doug Chapin, vice president of The Movie Company, would produce the films, and Thursday the 12th was Krost-Chapin’s first project for United Artists.
       The 1 May 1981 HR stated principal photography began 27 Apr 1981, and the 3 Jun 1981 Motion Picture Product Digest reported filming took place at Malibu Lake near Los Angeles, CA.
       The Jul 1982 Playboy review of Pandemonium, released by MGM/UA, was short and mostly negative. According to the 27 Feb 1987 DV review of the film’s videocassette release, Pandemonium had “test bookings” in 1982, and was shown on cable television’s Home Box Office (HBO) channel prior to the videocassette release.
      End credits include the following statement: “Filmed at The Warner Hollywood Studios in Hollywood.”
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       The 1 Apr 1981 DV reported that the working title of the film was Thursday the 12th.
       Actress Eileen Brennan portrayed “Candy’s Mom,” but the role is credited to “A Friend” and Brennan’s name does not appear in the onscreen credits. An item in the 11 May 1981 Var noted that Maria Smith was cast in the film, however, she is not listed in onscreen credits. The 1 May 1981 HR listed William Elliott as the set designer, but Elliott does not receive credit onscreen.
       On 1 Apr 1981, DV announced that United Artists signed a four picture deal with The Movie Company, run by business partners Mel Simon and Barry Krost. Under the agreement, Krost and Doug Chapin, vice president of The Movie Company, would produce the films, and Thursday the 12th was Krost-Chapin’s first project for United Artists.
       The 1 May 1981 HR stated principal photography began 27 Apr 1981, and the 3 Jun 1981 Motion Picture Product Digest reported filming took place at Malibu Lake near Los Angeles, CA.
       The Jul 1982 Playboy review of Pandemonium, released by MGM/UA, was short and mostly negative. According to the 27 Feb 1987 DV review of the film’s videocassette release, Pandemonium had “test bookings” in 1982, and was shown on cable television’s Home Box Office (HBO) channel prior to the videocassette release.
      End credits include the following statement: “Filmed at The Warner Hollywood Studios in Hollywood.”

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
1 Apr 1981
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Daily Variety
27 Feb 1987
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Hollywood Reporter
1 May 1981
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Motion Picture Product Digest
3 Jun 1981
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Playboy
Jul 1982
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Variety
11 May 1981
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CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Starring:
Also starring
as
Also starring
as
Special appearances by:
60's cheerleaders:
Phil Hartmann
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Krost/Chapin Production
A TMC Development
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
DGA trainee
Dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Still photog
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Gaffer, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst film ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
Asst negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Const coord
Prop master
Asst prop master
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ladies costumer
Men's costumer
Ladies/Men's costumer
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus ed
Mus mixer
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Cable man
Supv sd ed
Asst sd ed
Dial mixer
Eff mixer
Vocal eff
VISUAL EFFECTS
Eff mixer
Spec eff man
Spec eff foreman
Spec eff const
Titles & opt
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
Key hairstylist
Supv makeup
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Asst to the prod
Prod coord
Loc mgr
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation co-capt
Ram rod
Unit pub
Prod secy
Secy to Mr. Sole
Prod accountant
Extra casting
Extra casting
Celebrity doubles provided by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt man
Stunt woman
Stunt woman
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Thursday the 12th
Release Date:
1982
Production Date:
began 27 Apr 1981
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Prints
Prints by Technicolor®
Duration(in mins):
82
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In 1963, in It Had To Be, Indiana, star football player Blue Grange makes the winning touchdown for It Had To Be University. In the locker room, Bambi lingers by Blue’s locker until the team and reporters rush inside. On the football field, cheerleaders plan to go to the malt shop, and Bambi asks to join them, but they refuse because she is not a cheerleader. An unseen killer steals a javelin and throws it onto the field, skewering the line of cheerleaders. As years pass, more cheerleaders are killed and the cheerleading camp closes, but almost twenty years later, Bambi returns to open Bambi’s Summer Cheerleading Camp. When Pepe, the maintenance man, and his mother, Salt, warn Bambi about the camp’s curse, they learn that she knows the history, was rejected as a cheerleader in 1963, and is investing her life’s savings into this camp to show everyone what she can do. Elsewhere, at a bus terminal, cheerleading student Candy prepares to leave, but her religious mother orders her to stay away from the “evil” camp. Candy’s eyes glow and shoot red rays that levitate her mother, and, insisting she wants to be normal, Candy heads for camp. Glenn Dandy bids his mother and blind father goodbye, and also heads for cheerleader training. Mandy, wearing a “Miss Breakfast” sash, serves juice as her father announces she won the morning beauty contest and awards her a large tube of toothpaste. Sandy hitchhikes to camp, but insists that everyone offering a ride fill out application forms and references. Randy and Andy smoke marijuana cigarettes while driving to campus, and ...

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In 1963, in It Had To Be, Indiana, star football player Blue Grange makes the winning touchdown for It Had To Be University. In the locker room, Bambi lingers by Blue’s locker until the team and reporters rush inside. On the football field, cheerleaders plan to go to the malt shop, and Bambi asks to join them, but they refuse because she is not a cheerleader. An unseen killer steals a javelin and throws it onto the field, skewering the line of cheerleaders. As years pass, more cheerleaders are killed and the cheerleading camp closes, but almost twenty years later, Bambi returns to open Bambi’s Summer Cheerleading Camp. When Pepe, the maintenance man, and his mother, Salt, warn Bambi about the camp’s curse, they learn that she knows the history, was rejected as a cheerleader in 1963, and is investing her life’s savings into this camp to show everyone what she can do. Elsewhere, at a bus terminal, cheerleading student Candy prepares to leave, but her religious mother orders her to stay away from the “evil” camp. Candy’s eyes glow and shoot red rays that levitate her mother, and, insisting she wants to be normal, Candy heads for camp. Glenn Dandy bids his mother and blind father goodbye, and also heads for cheerleader training. Mandy, wearing a “Miss Breakfast” sash, serves juice as her father announces she won the morning beauty contest and awards her a large tube of toothpaste. Sandy hitchhikes to camp, but insists that everyone offering a ride fill out application forms and references. Randy and Andy smoke marijuana cigarettes while driving to campus, and Randy is excited about seeing Sandy, but admits he would be kicked off their squad if anyone discovered he was dating a girl from a rival school. On campus, Glenn and Mandy meet and discover a mutual fondness for toothpaste. Candy gets off her bus. Then Andy and Randy arrive as the President of the United States drops off Sandy. When Bambi lines up her class, Mandy, Sandy, Candy, Randy and Andy are relieved to learn Glenn’s last name is Dandy. At the police station, Officer Johnson completes chores while Canadian Mountie, Sergeant Reginald Cooper, and his horse, Bob, contemplate their homesickness for Canada. Cooper telephones Warden June, who is being held hostage in a prison riot. June confirms the escape of a serial killer named Jarrett, who murdered his family with a drill and turned their bodies into furniture. Cooper informs June that the cheerleading camp has resumed and he wants to avoid trouble. After hanging up, Cooper announces that he and his horse, Bob, will go to the asylum and will meet Officer Johnson later at the morgue. Dr. Fuller greets them at the Indiana State Asylum and reveals that an evil inmate named Fletcher escaped the previous night. Meanwhile, Fletcher, driving a stolen asylum car, offers a ride to Jarrett, the serial killer, who is also headed to the college. As the cheerleaders practice, Pepe leads a “Dead Cheerleaders Tour” through the gym, and Bambi’s students question her about the murders, but she assures them there is no danger. At the morgue, Cooper and Officer Johnson view the remains of the prison guard whom Jarrett killed and turned into a coffee table. Cooper has been tracking the cheerleaders’ killer for twenty years, and believes he is about to arrest the cheerleaders’ assailant. At the gym, Randy and Andy are dressed in a horse costume when Cooper rides his horse, Bob, into the building. For Candy and Cooper, it is romance at first sight, and she is suddenly wearing an evening gown as they sing to each other, then kiss. Later, as the cheerleaders practice jumping from a mini-trampoline, Glenn promises to catch Mandy, but misses and she breaks a leg. While Mandy recuperates in bed, Candy, Sandy, Randy and Andy go to eat at the House of Bad Pies. Glenn vows to practice on the mini-trampoline, not noticing it is wired with dynamite. As Glenn jumps, the killer ignites the bomb, and Glenn is launched skyward toward an Air Tokyo plane. As he screams for help outside a plane window, Godzilla, who is a stewardess, and the passengers smile and take pictures until Glenn floats heavenward. When Mandy brushes her teeth, someone reaches through the medicine cabinet with a drill and kills her. Warden June calls Cooper with the information that Jarrett has been seen at Lover’s Lane, then she hangs up as prisoners force her into the gas chamber, which a large inmate prepares to fill with his flatulence. At the Cemetery/Lover’s Lane, Cooper and Officer Johnson discover the asylum’s stolen vehicle on the mausoleum’s steps, and are greeted by Dr. Fuller, who is searching for his escaped patient, Fletcher. Dr. Fuller disappears while they search the mausoleum, but Cooper and Officer Johnson find Jarrett, who has tied Fletcher to a table and threatens to turn him into a loveseat. As Jarrett turns toward the cops, they see that one of his arms is a power drill. Cooper plans to arrest him for the cheerleaders’ murders, but Jarrett denies those killings. Dr. Fuller reappears, steals Cooper’s gun, and admits he is Jarrett’s secret partner, claiming there is more money in furniture than medicine. Fletcher frees himself, grabs the doctor, and thrusts a knife into Jarrett’s drill-arm, causing them all to be electrocuted. Meanwhile, on campus, Candy, Sandy, Randy and Andy play strip poker while Bambi bathes in a tub of milk and chocolate chip cookies. The killer stabs Bambi’s shower curtain, then grabs her feet, pulling her into the milk, and she drowns. Sandy wants to have sex with Randy and insists they will not get caught in the basement, but Randy hears a sound, investigates, and is strangled. Upstairs, Candy kisses Andy, then telekinetically pulls the covers off her bed, and offers to have sex. After Andy leaves her room, Candy is happy that she has finally lost her virginity, but feels something was missing and remembers her song with Cooper. Andy returns to his room, finds Randy wearing the head of their horse costume, and pulls off the mask to discover Randy dead with a pompom stuffed in his mouth. As Andy screams and falls back onto his bed, hands reach through the mattress and smother him with a pompom. Sandy, impaled on a lamp, reaches Candy’s room and dies. Candy attempts to call the police, but the payphone is dead. She discovers the bodies of Mandy and Bambi, then the killer chases her. At the police station, while Cooper, Officer Johnson, and Bob the horse eat dinner, Johnson suggests the maniac killer could be at the college, and Cooper decides to investigate. Meanwhile, Candy runs from her dorm into the gym and hides in the locker room. The killer, wearing part of a football uniform and part of a cheerleader’s outfit, catches her and is revealed to be Blue Grange. The football hero always wanted to be a cheerleader and declares that if he cannot be a cheerleader, no one can. As Blue pauses, hearing his parents’ voices argue inside his head, Candy runs onto the football field. Blue follows, turning on all the lights. Pepe and his mother picnic on the field, and, as Candy stops for a drink, Blue attacks with a knife. Candy uses her telekinetic powers to toss equipment at Blue. Spotting a life-size statue of the football player, she sends it speeding across the field, killing Blue. As Cooper rides onto the field, proclaiming his love for Candy, the score board lights up with the sign “Candy Loves Cooper.”

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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