HAIRCUT 100: Day 4, No. 4. Wendy the Babysitter (Ann Cooper)

Day 4, No. 4. Wendy the Babysitter

Blue SunshineHAIRCUT 100: Day 4, No. 4. Wendy the Babysitter (Ann Cooper) from Blue Sunshine, directed by Jeff Lieberman (1978) – a fine feature film and one of my favourite songs by The Meteors. Wendy, in an unconvincing wig, reads ‘Rapunzel’ to the children before her hair falls out, initiating a psychotic, knife-wielding rampage. Similar slap-headed freak-outs are happening all over LA, and Jerry Zipkin (played by future soft-core erotic thriller director Zalman King) is suspected. Jerry sets out to clear his name, discovering a link between the killers and a batch of LSD cooked up in college ten years before called ‘Blue Sunshine.’ Described by The Betamax Rundown as ‘the kind of movie you’ll probably enjoy a lot more if you dispel logic and don’t question anything,’ Blue Sunshine plays on cultural anxieties about bad acid that would’ve been relevant a decade before but were meaningless by 1978, the high-water mark of disco and cheap cocaine. It is perhaps more usefully an allegory of the way our past so often catches up with us: ‘Did you ever hear the words “Blue Sunshine”? Try to remember… your life may depend on it.’

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