Everyone has been flappin’ their lascivious lips about what a great dive into the ol’ (decidedly comedic) horror biz Psycho Goreman is, so I had to set my eerie eyeballs upon it and give it the once over as only yours cruelly can… for better or for worse, your mileage may vary!
After assing around in the backyard, siblings Mimi (Nita-Josee Hanna) and Luke (Owen Myre) unearth a strange jewel that is, in fact, a control module for an intergalactic murder machine (also buried in the backyard).
That’s when the ultimate evil in the galaxy, newly christened Psycho Goreman (Matthew Ninaber with vocal duties provided by Steven Vlahos), falls under the control of a bossy weirdo girl from the ‘burbs.
What follows is a wicked whirlwind of insanely over-the-top violent mayhem as ‘ol PG has to deal with both the children that are making his life a living hell, as well as every intergalactic shit-kicker that beams down to terra firma with a wild hair to hand our beastly boy his arcane alien ass… not to mention his percussion duties in the aforementioned kids’ garage band!
Look, I could go on and on about how writer/director Steven Kostanski has made Psycho Goreman the perfect pastiche of 80’s kid adventure pics (in particular the vibes of 1987’s The Monster Squad and The Gate resonate strong in this fright flick) and Tokusatsu derring-do (with 1974’s ultra-violent Kamen Rider Amazon being a close antecedent); all brought to life with imaginative, and mostly practical, special effects… but that is such a typical, boring-ass review, and you lot know that isn’t my bag, baby!
So to that end, let me give this putrid picture the revoltin’ review the award-losing Dan XIII touch and say that Psycho Goreman is exactly what you’d get if the Wishmaster fucked a Guyver unit, and that offspring convinced Keita Amemiya (speaking of which the man’s 1991 flick Zeiram and 1995’s Mechanical Violator Hakaider seem to be on the minds of Kostanski and his crew) to create his version of ALF… but along the way he smoked up and checked out Super Inframan and Stranded (again with the 1987)… oh, and Inazuman… and those that read my column know that is the highest praise yours cruelly can bestow!
So yeah; Psycho Goreman is the absolute pinnacle of psychotronic, man-in-suit face-punchery lovingly embraced by nerdy, coming-of-age nostalgia… and it’s ambrosia for those that dig on Japanese super-heroes, splatter, and The Goonies in equal measure… so basically me… and those that oft-times lay their putrid peepers on these wicked words as well!
Seriously cats n’ creeps, feast your eerie eyeballs on Psycho Goreman post-haste, and prepare to get your fever-dreams illustrated by Shotaro Ishinomori!
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