Steven Kostanski is a Canadian specialization technician who we had already seen on MOTELX in 2017 The Void , performed in collaboration with Jeremy Gillespie. In Psycho Goreman we are back in the world of grotesque prostheses, blood and guts, but leaving aside seriousness, inspired in equal doses by John Carpenter and HP Lovecraft, and exchanging it for a good dose of humor of ironic youthfulness.
Mimi and Luke are two brothers who, following a joke, unearth in the backyard of their suburban home an ancient and destructive alien leader. With it, they also dig up an amulet that controls it, which allows Mimi, a girl with a strong personality, to use it to her advantage. The capricious control exercised over an all-powerful being, meanwhile renamed Psycho Goreman (” PG, for short. “) Rises to Mimi’s head and reinforces her egocentric tendencies, aggravating the friction existing in her relationship with Luke, who feels constantly humiliated and demoted by his sister. Meanwhile, the creature’s rebirth attracts to the small neighborhood a gallery of villains from its planet, as well as Pandora, an interstellar guardian with the mission of killing Psycho Goreman once and for all.
Psycho Goreman is, above all, an unrestrained and conscious comedy, and, apart from some moments when he hits right, it is very funny. Not shy about being violent and graphic whenever he can, he reveals himself as an adult parody of the genre of youth films in which children find extra-terrestrials, evoking, for example, titles like ET – The Extra-Terrestrial ( ET the Extra- Terrestrial, Steven Spielberg, 1982), just to subvert their formula along the way. This includes musical montages in which, after initial suspicion, kids and creatures have fun in the city, dressing the alien in casual clothing, which does not prevent one or another victim of the violent warrior, including casual deaths of passersby, a friend of the brothers. transformed into a giant, crawling brain or a policeman turned into a zombie slave . Just by these vivid images, you can get an idea of the surreal madness of this film.