Sommerleigh Pollonais, Horror Head Writer
Plot: After unearthing a gem that controls an evil monster looking to destroy the universe, a young girl and her brother use it to make him do their bidding.
Review: Psycho Goreman (or PG to his “friends”) is the type of movie I would’ve absolutely loved as a kid (I was a weird kid, we’ve already established that). It is brought to us by the same mind that delivered the dark, gory and twisted movie called The Void, Steven Kostanski. This time he focuses his twisted talents to bring us this low budget send-up to 80s gore and horror the likes of The Toxic Avenger and The Gate. Think R-Rated Power Rangers, or at least R-Rated versions of the aliens the Rangers fought, and you’ll get the idea.
Psycho Goreman is a blood-fuelled laugh riot of a movie, with over-the-top kills that can only be classed as grotesquely fantastic. I laughed as hard as I squirmed. The practical effects, while obviously low budget, still looked cool, and the design choices were, in a word, memorable.
A big part of the laughs here were delivered by our kid leads, Mimi and Luke, played by newcomers Nita-Josee Hanna and Owen Myer respectively. Think live-action versions of Nickelodeon’s Billy and Mandy and you’ll have a very clear picture of these two. Nita-Josee Hanna especially gives her all as the precocious and borderline evil Mimi. Your enjoyment of her “antics” may swing back and forth like mine did, as there were moments I wanted to put this little brat over my knee, but I think this might be more of a culture thing, as American kids get away with a helluva lot more than most other younglings on the planet.
The actors who played their parents Greg and Susan were also quite good in their roles, and overall everyone seemed to be having a blast here including the mean, monstrous, yet somehow fun-loving Psycho Goreman, played by Matthew Ninaber. I’m not familiar with the actor but I really enjoyed his performance as he managed to bring life to all that heavy makeup, which is never an easy feat.
Surprisingly, there’s even a message here about not being a jerk or something. Honestly, the message doesn’t matter, just turn off your brain and enjoy the insanity.
Now as much as this movie is the kind of film kids in the 80s would’ve loved, this isn’t a kids movie by any stretch, as the blood, gore and mutilations pull zero punches. But if you’re a fan of the 80s and low budget horror movies that relish in their low brow humor, absolutely check out Psycho Goreman. It’s a freakin’ riot!
Sommer’s Score: 6.5 out of 10
For more of my thoughts on Psycho Goreman you can check out my video review below:
Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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