Humans Are The Real Monsters In Steven Kostanski’s ‘Psycho Goreman’ Reviewed

by Rachel Bellwoar

As Mimi and Owen’s father, Greg (Adam Brooks), says at one point, humans are the real monsters and that’s very much the case in Steven Kostanski’s Psycho Goreman. Take how Mimi (Nita-Josee Hanna) and Luke (Owen Myre) find PG (Matthew Ninaber, as voiced by Steven Vlahos) in the first place. Mimi said whoever lost Crazy Ball would be buried alive. It’s while digging the hole that PG gets unleased.

PG’s destiny is to destroy the universe but because Mimi has control of the gem of Praxidice, he has to do whatever she says. The craftsmanship in this movie is gobsmacking. I’m especially obsessed with the pink paint that was used for the cracks in Psycho Goreman’s creature suit. It’s very 80’s, even though the film takes place in the 90’s, and shows up amazingly under certain lights.

Kostanski also never takes shortcuts. A few times PG breaks into stories about his past and while Kostanski could’ve gotten away without using flashbacks, you get to see what PG’s home planet looked like. Even during the closing credits there’s a new song by Blitz // Berlin featuring Lil Cae$ar that recaps everything that happened.

Matthew Ninaber, Nita-Josee Hanna and Owen Myre in the horror/action/comedy film, “PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN,” a RLJE Films/Shudder release. Photo courtesy of RLJE Films.

Psycho Goreman earns its R rating. Mimi is a bully and Kostanski seems fonder of Brooks’ freeloading dad than I was, but it’s also that willingness to go dark that makes for some of the film’s most memorable moments. No attempt is made to keep PG out of the public eye, which leads to some very violent altercations, and the ending is similar in tone to the ending of Time Bandits.

The first thing you notice when you open the Blu-Ray case for Psycho Goreman is a booklet containing official merchandise. My first thought was that it was a mock magazine and that the items weren’t for sale, and it wouldn’t have been a disappointment. The novelty of flipping through a booklet was its own reward. Sometimes it feels like companies count on fans buying anything and don’t put a lot of effort into the products they sell, but these items were so specific to the movie, too, like an official league championship Crazy Ball set. Well, it turns out the link to the website works and while the collection isn’t for sale yet (as of this review), some of the items are going to be available at least. As a bonus, on the back of the booklet there’s a code for a 30-day free trial to Shudder. Usually the free trial is 7-days, so that’s a real score.

Then there are the bonus features on the disk, of which there are many. It sounds like Kostanski wouldn’t have been alone on the commentary if it weren’t for the pandemic, but he has no trouble filling the time. There’s a lot of great information about the locations and the art department (Mimi’s room barely appears but there’s so much going on in that space). I didn’t release Bio-cop (Robert Homer) was from an earlier short film of Kostanski’s and he always takes time to acknowledges how uncomfortable creature suits are. There’s also a one-on-one interview with Kostanski where he names some of his influences, like Rawhead Rex, and runs through the different hats he wore for this movie – writer, director, creature effects designer, producer, and editor.

Other highlights include a very funny in-character interview by Matthew Kennedy (I’d be curious to know whether it was scripted or improvised) and some fight pre-viz videos (in which it’s cool to realize how many of the moves are recognizable out of costume). About the only thing missing are some deleted scenes (Kostanski mentions one in the commentary), but that’s not too bad.

Psycho Goreman is available on Blu-Ray and DVD starting March 16th from RLJE Films.

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