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Review: Shudder's 'PG: Psycho Goreman'

Josee Hanna and Matthew Ninaber in PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN Photo courtesy of RLJE Films / Shudder

By John Duarte

I’m just going to start by saying PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN was made for people like me. But before I continue, This film has been on my radar since last October when they screened it at Beyond Fest at the Mission Tiki in Montclair, CA. The trailer sold me the first 10 seconds watching it. Unfortunately, I missed out on the screening and had to wait until its theatrical debut this past January. After that screening, I couldn't stop raving about it for the next few weeks. I even made P.G. my PICK OF THE WEEK on an episode of THE WEEKLY CREEPY the week I saw it. Since then, I proudly wear my HUNKY BOYS shirt from Cavity Colors and own the now out-of-print limited edition, Blu Ray, from Canada. 5 months after its release onto the Theatrical/VOD world, It’s finally coming out on Shudder for everyone to see.

And now,...the plot:

Siblings Mimi (Nita-Josee Hanna) and Luke (Owen Myre) unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord who was entombed on Earth millions of years ago after a failed attempt to destroy the universe. They nickname the evil creature PSYCHO GOREMAN (Matthew Ninaber) (or PG for short) and use the magical amulet they discovered to force him to obey their childish whims. It isn't long before P.G. reappearance draws the attention of intergalactic friends and foes from across the cosmos and a rogues' gallery of alien combatants converges in small-town suburbia to battle for the fate of the galaxy.

Photo courtesy of RLJE Films / Shudder

PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN is without a doubt a HUGE love letter to 90’s kids shows like Power Rangers mixed with 80’s/90’s gore-filled goodness. Writer/Director Steven Kostanski (THE VOID, LEPRECHAUN RETURNS, MANBORG, and upcoming episodes of the new SYFY show DAY OF THE DEAD) did a fantastic job with creating this insane world of monsters and creatures that you could easily want action figures out of all of them. The kids in P.G. are funny and annoying but I enjoyed that mix. I’ve seen movies try that mix but most of the time they come off annoying so kudos on that. Now, I really want to talk about the creature designs. Pretty much all the monsters and creatures were done practically with men and women in suits and they’re glorious! None of them look cheap looking. My personal favorite monsters besides PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN are Cassius 3000 who looks like a character from the Andy Kaufman sci-fi film “Heartbeeps” and Death Trapper. There are some fun one-liners in this movie, especially one I use almost every week randomly at work. But, I’ll just let you figure that out when you watch it.

Photo courtesy of RLJE Films / Shudder

There is a lot to like about this movie. It has everything a kid from the late ’80s to early ’90s would enjoy in this. The perfect mix of people in suits, gore, humor, and even cool-looking miniature model work. I loved this movie when it came out earlier this year and I’m super excited to show PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN to my friends when it comes to shudder. So grab your HUNKY BOYS and FREG OFF the normies because PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN will be the next cult movie in your collection.

PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN is available on Shudder on May 20th.


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