“Psycho Goreman”: Not Quite What you Expect

Director of “Psycho Goreman” Steven Kostanski may think he has it over me as he seemed to be a great horror movie aficionado of horror movies from the 80’s and mid 90’s. As Kostanski says, “As a kid, the relationship between John Connor and the T-800 Terminator in Terminator 2 amazed me, this kid could relate to with a badass killing machine as his pal, Skeletor, Cobra Commander, Megatron…I would actually imagine hanging with these guys.”  Not having seen Terminator 2 I can’t relate to what he is saying although growing up in the 60’s and 70’s I have seen many a horror movie including the less than sophisticated horror movies of the 50’s. And Psycho Goreman (PG for short) to me looks like a sophisticated alien type monster from the 50’s! So having seen “The Night of the Living Dead” and other Hollywood B horror movies I am not a newbie to horror films.

For me this is a unique gem of a horror movie because interspersed with the horror the film takes on great comedic angles if not a touch of sarcasm to the horror movie genre. You may even rightfully say it borders on the absurd.

PG is an exile from the planet Gigax a former slave of the Templars who acquires super strength through a glowing jewel. Although he liberates Gigax he is undercut by his army who opt for a power sharing deal with the Templars and PG is sent to some distant planet and buried. That distant planet so happens to be earth. The galactic assemblage of rulers become alarmed when pre-teen brother and sister Luke (Owen Myre) and Mimi (Nina-Josee Hanna) dig a huge hole in their backyard and accidentally liberate PG but Mimi has his power source, the jewel. PG is one badass killing machine and looks like a 1950’s reptilelike monster except much better made up. The galactic council of Gigax is terrified that PG will destroy the universe. But Pandora, a Templar, vows to go to earth and destroy PG.  If PG is not stopped his goal is to annihilate the universe.

Mimi is a spunky girl with a don’t push me around attitude and when first confronted with PG gives him a piece of her mind but in effect controls him as she has the jewel. This brazen girl controlling a horrific killing machine! It’s absurd but Mimi has the jewel. Mimi is also a bit of a bully especially toward her brother Luke.

Remnants of PG’s former army arrive on earth and odd-looking creatures they are. Fantastic and innovative costuming and humorous looking creatures some of them are. They want PG eliminated as he would threaten the balance of power on Gigax. He defeats them but suffers a serious wound and only the jewel can restore him. Should Mimi give it to him as he had often threatened to kill all earthlings including Mimi and Luke whom he promised a particularly miserable death. And talk about bad timing as Pandora a powerful Templar warrior arrives on earth vowing to annihilate PG.

So does tough little Mimi give PG the jewel? Can this brazen little girl trust a nasty monster and save his life by giving him the jewel? Well she does and PG is restored so he can defeat Pandora in an epic battle. PG admits he has discovered the power of love and Mimi has repaired her relationship with Luke . What a happy ending. Mimi, Luke and their parents are spared so we should all be smiling thinking a fitting end to a good movie. Well director Kostanski has other ideas and we could become existential and query what was all this intervening plot about. Enough said. How can I categorize the ending? It seems to be possibly an intended jab of a 50’s and 60’s horror film. I may not be of Kostanki’s era but my enjoyment of those poorly constructed movies (e.g. “The Blob”) served me well for this movie and made the ending perfect.

I agree with Kostanski when he says, “ I also like the dynamics of these two opposites-PG and Mimi. One’s the most terrifying creatures in the universe, the other is a child whose naïve confidence allows her to boss him around. That relationship is really the movie’s heartbeat.”

The movie is supposed to open throughout Canada on January 22 in theatre but given the trajectory of COVID-19 that seems doubtful. The film will be available for streaming on January 22 via iTunes, Cineplex, Bell, Rogers, Shaw, Telus and Vimeo.

In my opinion not suitable for young children.

A thoroughly enjoyable movie.

You can catch the trailer here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3b06e0azir03vfw/AACKsmf_UCkfBctpi1lxBrWoa?dl=0&preview=PG_TRAILER-CINEPLEX.mov

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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