Monday, 1 February 2021

Movie Review: PSYCHO GOREMAN (2020)



Every now and then I discover a movie that ticks so many boxes that it's almost like it was made especially for me. Psycho Goreman is one of those. It's retro-Sci-Fi/Horror with a sharp sense of dark humour, with enough originality and quotable lines to make it a future cult classic.

Spoilers ahead!!

OK, so the movie starts with a pair of siblings, Mimi and Luke, playing 'Crazy ball', and as a forfeit for losing,  Luke has to dig a massive hole in the back garden so Mimi can bury him up to his neck. Whilst digging, they find a glowing gem and Mimi takes it. During the night, a monster digs his way from beneath where the gem was, and it turns out that this monster is a genocidal alien warlord from planet Gigax, who makes his way to a nearby shoe factory and kills some thieves who had been hiding out there. When the kids track the warlord down the following day, it transpires that the alien cannot kill them as Mimi possesses the gem stone, and he has to obey her every word. They name the alien Psycho Goreman and proceed to have fun abusing the powers of the gemstone and getting Psycho Goreman to get up to all kinds of things. Still following? In fairness, I haven't given much more away than the trailer does. If it sounds like your 'thing' so far, you won't be disappointed at all.

As with many of these low(ish) budget movies, one of the keys to success is having excellent actors, and they're all fantastic, bringing this dysfunctional family and other characters to life. It's well paced and the dialogue is snappy and often hilarious. It never drags and is great fun from start to finish. I love the aliens too. Psycho Goreman looks like an upgraded villain from a 90's episode of Power Rangers crossed with an Orc from Lord of the Rings. The 'Planetary Alliance' aliens are great too, looking like characters from Doctor Who on crack. It's worth mentioning that there's a decent amount of gore in the film too. 

Overall, I absolutely loved Psycho Goreman. It has all the ridiculousness of the 80's, humour, wit, and outlandish imagination that I could want. Absolutely superb!

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