PG: Psycho Goreman (2020) Review

It took me long enough but I’ve finally watched PG: Psycho Goreman to celebrate the beginning of Halloween week. Wow I really enjoyed this movie. For those that don’t know PG: Psycho Goreman is a Canadian science fiction horror fantasy comedy directed by Steven Kostanski. It stars Nita-Josée Hanna as Mimi, Owen Myre as Luke, Adam Brooks as Greg, Alexis Kara Hancey as Susan, and Matthew Ninaber & Steven Vlahos as the titular Psycho Goreman (Ninaber in the suit and Vlahos as the voice). Psycho Goreman tells the story of Mimi and Luke, a pair of siblings with wild personalities (in the case of Mimi), that unwittingly discover the prison of an unknowingly ancient and insanely powerful demonic alien warlord known to his allies and enemies as the Archduke of Nightmares. Shenanigans ensue as the kids teach PG the power of love. Brutal, bloody, violent love. I gotta say this movie plays right into my proclivities when it comes to B-movie schlock. It’s fun, bloody, but with a heart to it that brings it together. It definitely feels like an over the top 80s nostalgia movie with the family relationships and interactions, but it does it all in good fun. The family are fun, very pop culture inspired with how the kids can go wherever without parent’s questioning, how used they get to the situation and the things they are seeing. The kids are stand out characters, Mimi being the aggressive one in control and Luke being the calmer one that over-time loses his cool with the abuse his sister dishes out to him. They do feel like kids though coming up with crazy games to bide their time. The parents are ok, pretty typical for this type of movie. The aliens are all fun characters and have cool designs. Kostanski is able to build a surprisingly deep and rich universe of aliens and monsters of different designs and abilities that all somehow work together. It adds to the heart and feel of the movie, you can feel the fun they had and the passion they had come out through the screen. You can tell the movie is low budget, but that adds to it’s appeal. Even though it is it still looks great. The suits are all creative and cool, the effects all look great, and the gore is over the top and incredible. It all blends together to create this incredible mix of gore, toku, and fun that I just love. The music is great as well, having a memorable score with a big feel to it, and the original songs are fun. I know this is a short review but I just had a blast with the movie. Its fun, it doesn’t take it self seriously and its awesomely brutal. I mean there’s a kid that gets turned into a waddling brain with tentacles and it just continues on as if it’s completely normal now. Even his parents are just used to it. It’s well worth the watch if you’re into this kind of movie. Where else are you going to find a movie where you’re happy to see the main character go on to destroy the universe. Two-Thumbs up!!

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