Directed by: Steven Kostanski
Written by: Steven Kostanski
Starring: Nita-Josee Hanna, Owen Myre, Matthew Ninaber, Steven Vlahos
Running time: 95mins
BBFC Classification: 15
Arriving with a truckload of hype, a wicked fun trailer and coming from the director of Manborg and The Void, Psycho Gorman has pretty much already reached fanboy/cult euphoria. Thankfully is lives up to its rep and delivers twisted comedy and impressive prosthetic/gore effects by the bucketload.
After they discover a mystical gem in their backyard, siblings Mimi (Hanna) and Luke (Myre) soon realise they now control an evil alien who is hellbent on destroying, well, everybody and everything. Naming him Psycho Gorman (or PG for short), the pair figure it’s pretty cool to have a monster to control and thus they do what any pint-sized masters would do: teach PG to control his murderous rage, introduce him to burgers, take him clothes shopping and use him for various silly games. Much to PG’s chagrin, he’s bound to their will, but when his mortal enemies get word he’s resurrected they come to earth to fight him and try to capture the gem for themselves. Much gory insanity ensues.
Special effects whizz Steven Kostanski goes for a slightly lighter tone after the darkness of The Void but amps up the weirdness, the creative creature creations, and still delivers buckets of gore. A sort of adult version of Power Rangers by way of GWAR (and little bit of the ace Star Kid), Psycho Gorman goes full tilt with the black comedy and gnarly gory set-pieces. The character of Psycho Gorman is a hoot, determined to destroy everything and with every word he utters being something about “bathing in blood, eternal pain, sending everyone to oblivion” makes it even more hilarious when he’s shackled by two youngsters and forced to play nice. The PG make up is fantastic as is the assortment of creations and creatures that feature throughout, Kostanski and crew stuffing the film with amazing prosthetic monsters.
In addition, there’s a darkly twisted comic streak throughout with Mimi and her family being just as screwed up and weird as any of the alien creatures. Not least Mimi, who is a borderline psycho herself! Pushy, manic, hyper, and sometimes downright mean, she’s not always the most likeable character (and will no doubt irk some!) but certainly adds to the novel vibe of the film, is often hilarious, and is played with full on energy by Nita-Josee Hanna. As mentioned, the character and the humour may not be to everyone’s taste as it is perhaps laid on a little thick at times (a joke about the weird dodgeball-like game Mimi has created and is obsessed with, perhaps stretched to breaking point!) meaning that sometimes proceedings are focused a little too much on the humour and family aspects when really, we all want more PG fighting crazy looking monsters.
Mercifully, there is still plenty of that, oodles of gore and silly fight scenes, meaning Psycho Gorman is a creative blast dripping with monster carnage and Kostanski’s particular brand of creative madness.
No doubt destined for immortal cult status.
PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN will be available exclusively to stream on SHUDDER starting on May 20, 2021.