PG: Psycho Goreman

This one is wild.

It is hard to explain exactly what PG: Psycho Goreman is. It plays totally against the expectations of the viewers and embraces some of the worst characteristics of the human condition, and yet it does so with a remarkable energy and a biting humor that makes this one of the most entertaining films you are going to see.

Mimi (Nita-Josee Hanna) and her older brother Luke (Owen Myre) were playing “Crazy ball” in their backyard, a game with rules that only they understand. Mimi is anything but kind hearted. In fact, an argument could be made that she is a horrendous brat with the worst attitude you will see in a film this year. She wins the game and so Luke has to dig his own grave (exactly how much of that was a joke is never truly mentioned). As he is digging, he uncovers a gem and Mimi takes it. Unbeknownst to them, they had opened a portal allowing an ancient evil demon (Matthew Ninaber), who had been banished by forces of heaven after a failed attempt to destroy the universe. However, the demon needed the gem back to fully gain his powers, and the gem gave Mimi the power to control him. So Mimi basically set him up as her family pet and used his power for her own desires.

You may believe that you will know where this is headed, but you would be wrong. This is as funny of a film as I have seen in awhile and it embraces the rottenness of the characters. Lessons are not learned. Behaviors are not altered. It is just fantastic.

The effects are done on the cheap side. Honestly, this feels like a cheaper version of the old Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers meets the Evil Dead. The effects are mostly (if not totally) practical and the budget clearly only allowed for so much. However, this played perfectly into the kind of movie that Psycho Goreman is and worked. In fact, had there been CGI involved, it feels as if the film would have suffered. The film is also very violent and filled with blood, but it felt very non-real. A lot of red liquid that is tossed around and B-movie creatures and their gross deaths.

These are not the typical characters you see in these movies. These characters feel as if they should all be the villains in the films. There are so few characters that you would normally root for that it adjusts your perception of the film. Yet you find yourself hoping for them to make it through.

Without the recommendation of the Critically Acclaimed podcast (with William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold), I never would have watched this film. So I owe them a thanks. The quirkiness and overall weirdness of PG: Psycho Goreman is a winning combination and I laughed more than I have in a while.

4.3 stars

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