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The “ZAPPED!” Club
June 21, 2011, 2:40 am
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The  underground  fandom  for  SCOTT  BAIO  and  his  movies  seems  to  continue  with  the  World’s  support  for  his  famous  “I’m  going  to  use  my  telekinetic  powers  to  strip  off  women’s  bras”  movie  “ZAPPED!”  It  was  a  time  of  wonderful  reckless  abandon.  Paul  Davidson  conducted  a  special  “Words  For  My  Enjoyment”  interview  with  Thom  Rafferty,  one  of  the  past  Managers  of  the  “Zapped!”  Online  Fan  Club.  Boasting  more  than  730  members,  it  is  indeed  a  subculture  that  should  not  be  ignored.

You  are  part  of  the  “Zapped!”  fan  club  online .  Can  you  tell  me  more  about  the  club ?

“It  was  created  at  Excite  by  an  Englishman  named  Max  Fenn  on  July  19,  1999.  Within  one  month,  I  discovered  it  because  I  routinely  troll  the  internet  for  anything  new  about  Zapped!  That’s  how  I  discovered  the  references  on  your  website.  When  Excite  stopped  sponsoring  clubs,  it  moved  to  Lycos.  And  when  Lycos  also  stopped  sponsoring  clubs,  it  moved  again  to  MSN.  The  club  exists  to  be  a  central  collection  point  of  all  things  related  to  the  film,  it’s  cast  and  crew,  and  to  allow  members  to  add  their  own  views.”

Number  of  members ?

“The  last  time  I  checked,  there  were  735  members  in  the  club.  Most  members  ‘lurk’  which  means  they  never  post  anything  themselves  but  view  the  postings  of  others.  The  current  manager  is  an  Englishman  named  Peter  Gibson.  Zapped!  seems  to  appeal  to  the  English.  Perhaps,  there  is  a  ‘Benny  Hill’         quality  to  it.”

Your  position  within  that  club ?

“No  one  has  a  ‘position’  other  than  the  manager.  I  took  a  turn  as  manager  after  Max  Fenn  and  before  Peter  Gibson.  Presently,  I  am  a  frequent  poster.  Max  and  I  collaborated  on  several  Zapped!  projects,  including  the  ‘Scenes-in-Depth’  where  we  figure  out  how  the  special  effects  were  done,  ‘The  Senior  Edition’  which  is  a  school  publication  referenced  a  few  times  in  the  movie but  never  shown,  and  ‘Zapped!  Funnies’  in  which  phony  word  bubbles  were  put  onto  scenes  in  the  film.

On  my  own,  I  wrote  a  remake  screenplay  titled  ‘When  Pigs  Fly’  in  which  the  central  character  is  Jane  Mitchell  who  was  played  by  Heather  Thomas  in  the  original.  And  I  also  wrote  a  serialized  novel  titled  ‘See  Jane.  See  Jane  Strip’  which  follows  the  Zapped!  characters  to  college.  Hijinks  ensue.”

Why  do  you  think  so  many  people  have  embraced  the  movie  “Zapped!” ?

“Most  people  are  nostalgic  for  High  School.  And  this  film  can  take  us  back  there  better  than  some  others  for  the  following  reasons:  Much  of  the  film  was  shot  at  John  Marshall  High  School  during  the  1981  spring  semester  using  the  actual  student  body  as  extras.  The  storyline  never  leaves  the  high  school.  No  international  spies  are  after  SCOTT  BAIO  because  he  is  telekinetic.  And  Scott  doesn’t  try  to  do  anything  with  his  powers  other  than  what  a  typical  high  school  boy  would  do  –  strip  girls,  beat  up  bullies  and  cheat  at  sports.  The  Senior  Trip  is  to  an  amusement  park.  The  Senior  Prom  is  in  the  gym.  And  the  seniors  are  talking  mostly  about  what  they  plan  to  do  after  graduation.  Felice  Schachter,  for  example,  was  a  high  school  senior  when  she  starred  in  Zapped!  and  appeared  in  one  scene  wearing  a  sweatshirt  monogrammed  ‘BROWN’.  She  graduated  from  Brown  University  four  years  later.”

How  has  “Zapped!”  influenced  your  own  life ?

“In  January  1982,  I  lost  something  that  seemed  important  to  me  at  the  time  and  it  depressed  me  for  several  months.  In  September  1982,  I  watched  Zapped!  in  a  theater.  The  scene  where  Heather  Thomas  lost  her  prom  gown  was  fun  and  beautiful.  Life  was  still  fun  and  beautiful  after  all.  My  depression  lifted.  Isn’t  that  why  we  have  movies?  I  became  a  life-long  fan  of  the  film.”

If  the  movie  had  to  have  been  titled  differently,  what  would  you  suggest  it  be ?

“The  original  title  was  ‘The  Wiz  Kid’.  The  actual  word  ‘zapped’  is  never  used  in  the  movie.  It  was  selected  for  easy  use  in  promotions.  Felice  had  a  T-shirt  that  said  ‘I  Love  Getting  ZAPPED!’.  However,  the  promotional  budget  for  the  film  was  never  approved  by  Embassy  Pictures.  So  we  never  saw  the  slogan:  “Have  you  been  ZAPPED  today?”  The  only  promotion  the  movie  received  was  the  complaint  Heather  Thomas  made  to  the  Screen  Actors  Guild  about  a  topless  body  double  being  used  for  her  character  when  she  refused  to  appear  topless  in  the  film.  A  disclaimer  was  added  to  the  credits.”

While  “Words  For  My  Enjoyment”  had  no  idea  there  was  this  much  to  know  about  “ZAPPED!”,  I  know  that  WFME  is  indebted  to  Thom  Rafferty’s  time  in  educating  all  of  us  about  the  past,  present  and  future  of  the  only  “oh,  look,  my  bra  came  off  cause  that  guy  was  using  his  telekinetic  powers”  movie  ever.

“Getting  ZAPPED!”  by  Paul  Davidson,  “Words  For  My  Enjoyment”,  www.pauldavidson.com:  July  6,  2005

RECOMMENDATION :  Fans  can  visit  The  “Zapped”  Club @ zappedclub.multiply.com  which  features  various  notes,  blogs,  photos,  video,  music,  calendar  events  and  links  related  to  this  cult  film.

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