18th May2021

‘Psycho Goreman’ Review (Shudder)

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Nita-Josee Hanna, Owen Myre, Matthew Ninaber, Steven Vlahos, Adam Brooks, Alexis Kara Hancey, Kristen MacCulloch, Anna Tierney, Roxine Latoya Plummer, Alex Chung, Scout Flint | Written and Directed by Steven Kostanski

Psycho Goreman is one of those movies that I was about 90% sure I was going to love even though all I knew about it was its title and a handful of images I had seen online. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed.

The story is as ridiculous as it should be for a film titled Psycho Goreman. We see siblings Mimi and Luke “unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord who was entombed on Earth millions of years ago after a failed attempt to destroy the universe. They nickname the evil creature Psycho Goreman (or PG for short)and use the magical amulet they discovered to force him to obey their childish whims.” And if that doesn’t sell you on this film I’m not sure what will.

This is a full-on comedy horror and it gets almost every single laugh just right. I either had a big smile on my face or I was laughing throughout the whole movie. The delivery of every joke and every comedic line was spot-on, from the lead characters to the characters that only have a couple of lines.

Psycho Goreman is the lead alien character but more on him in a bit because there are at least ten other fantastic weird and wonderful characters that range from being on screen for a couple of minutes or infrequently throughout. There’s robot-like aliens, creatures that could come straight out of the Star Wars Universe, Power Ranger villain-like beings and even a group that Clive Barker would be proud of because they’re not unlike Cenobites, just in a more hilarious way. I haven’t even mentioned the kid that gets turned into a thing that looks like Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Each and every character has clearly had lots of thought gone into them aswell, with the costumes, design and make-up all looking great.

But what about PG himself? He certainly looks the part. He’s scary and menacing-looking and we know from the opening scene that he can kill with absolute ease. But then we see, through the help of being controlled by a twelve-year-old girl, him going shopping and trying on clothes or playing some form of dodgeball. It somehow all works and he stays super scary when he needs to be, while hilariously funny when he’s not.

Nita-Josee Hanna and Owen Myre as the siblings Mimi and Luke are great. They show no sign of their inexperience and are great together on screen. Hanna in particular almost steals the whole film, she’s brilliant and delivers all her lines with gusto.

This could very nearly be a family movie. For some families, it will be exactly that but there is a lot of blood and gore. Despite its warmness, the fact that two of its leads are kids, and that it’s a real feel good movie, there’s alot of brutal deaths. And I loved it because of all of that. Heads are ripped off, limbs go flying, blood spurts out of every hole!

I can’t describe how much I loved Psycho Goreman and director Steven Kostanski has quickly become one of my favourite film-makers (his first movie Manborg is an absolute must-watch, while The Void garnered universal praise).

Psycho Goreman brings together Guardians of the Galaxy-like style with Clive Barker influenced characters, mixing it with a pure love of eighties coming-of-age movies and over-the-top gore. I doubt I’ll see a better movie this year.

***** 5/5

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