Cinemalphabet: Z is for Zapped!
Who doesn’t love the irresistible pairing of perennial D-list faves Scott Baio and Willie Ames? If a tree falls in the forest and Scott Baio isn’t around to hear it, does Willie Ames still have a career? Oh, the jokes about these two and their lack of any utterly redeemable cinematic qualities just write themselves.
Zapped! was a constant fixture on the premium cable circuit when I was growing up and it seemed I never managed to catch this stinker from the beginning. Nearly always catching it during the scene when Baio’s character projectile vomits into the kitchen sink (I believe) and it is a visual, which used to give me nightmares. While the premise – teen boy gets special powers and then uses them for sexual tomfoolery – must have made this thing a hit with – well – teen boys, I’m pretty sure I don’t need to scan any reviews to know they were probably scathing.
If the plot, the bad script, low production values weren’t enough, the always stinky Heather Thomas (of The Fall Guy fame) is along for the ride as the resident hot babe.
And with that, the first round of Cinemalphabet comes to close! Stay tuned! I’ll be starting another round of entries on December 1st. See you on the other side!