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Pandemonium ★★½ Thursday the 12th 1982 (PG)

A spoof of teen slasher films involving murder at Bambi's Cheerleading School. Seems that nationwide, cheerleaders have been brutally eliminated from their squads, leaving Bambi's as the last resort for the terminally perky. Smothers is interesting and more intelligent than his TV persona (although not by much) as the Mountie hero, assisted by Paul Reubens in a pre-Pee-Wee role. Kane steals the show as Candy, a pleasant lass with hyperkinetic powers. 82m/C VHS . CA Tom Smothers, Carol Kane, Miles Chapin, Paul (Pee-wee Herman) Reubens, Judge Reinhold, Tab Hunter, Marc McClure, Donald O'Connor, Eve Arden, Eileen Brennan, Edie McClurg; D: Alfred Sole.

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pandemonium wild and noisy disorder or confusion; uproar. Originally (in Milton's Paradise Lost) it denoted the capital of hell, containing the council chamber of the evil spirits.

In extended use, pandemonium was used first for any place resembling this, and then more generally for wild and noisy disorder or confusion, uproar.

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pandemonium abode of all devils XVII; haunt of great wickedness, (later) place or gathering of lawless violence XVIII. modL., f. Gr. PAN- + daímōn DEMON.

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pan·de·mo·ni·um / ˌpandəˈmōnēəm/ • n. wild and noisy disorder or confusion; uproar: pandemonium broke out.

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a place or gathering of wild persons; originally denoted hell [from Paradise Lost ].

Examples : pandemonium of dancing and whooping, 1865; of devils; of iniquity, 1800.

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