Leather clad and long haired, young Tom is the leader of a scruffy group of tearaways known as The Living Dead; a motorcycle gang that cause all manner of assfoolery around the small English town they call home. Well, that would make for a turd of a fright flick, so lucky for us Tom’s mum is a witch…a witch, who along with her companion Shadwell, just so happen to know the secret of life beyond death…which Tom soon deduces for himself after a visit to strange locked room within his mother’s mod AF home. Before you can say “uneasy rider”, ol T-man offs himself, only to resurrect as a murder happy psycho. Soon the rest of our gleeful gang follow suit (with varied results) leading to even more assfoolery (although with homicide levels increased 100%), 70’s occultism ratcheted up to comic book levels, and frogs…lots of frogs…well, maybe it’s just one frog they show a bunch of times; I mean I’m no frog based scholar, so their subtle amphibian nuances are lost on me.
Straight up I have to admit; Psychomania is one of my favorite pictures of all-time. I’ve been madly in love with its absolutely bananas mix of black comedy, occultism, and biker flick trappings for many a year, and the flick always manages to entertain thoroughly no matter how many times I’ve seen it. Granted it’s off-kilter, off-beat, and just plain “off” enough to not make it one for every taste, but for those that dig on the different and bizarre like your’s cruelly it’s exactly the type of flick that will put a big ol’ rictus grin on your putrid puss!
Speaking of “seeing it”, if you’ve never had the pleasure, then trust me o’ faithful fiends this is the time to do so, because not only will you be treated to a one of a kind genre picture, but your eerie eyeballs will be seeing said picture courtesy of a fantastic 2K restoration from preservation negatives, and ol’ P-mania has never looked better (and I’ve seen and owned every version since the VHS days so I know of what I speak)!
And while the quality of the film and it’s presentation should be enough for you greedy ghouls, ol’ Arrow has seen to it to give you a bit more bang for your beastly buck! First of all you get some carry-overs from the Severin release of Psychomania that came out a few years back. Those features include; a 30 minute retrospective of the film with interviews from the cast, and interviews with composer John Cameron and singer Harvey Andrews. New to this release are an interview with Actor Nicky Henson, a featurette on the company that provided the film’s costumes, and a brief feature on the film’s restoration. Rounding out the package is the film’s trailer.
I really don’t know what else to say besides the fact that you need Psychomania in your life; those that love really love it, and I’m willing to bet demons to dollars you will too!