Reborn To Be Wild
released 19 september 1973 | 15 | blu-ray/dVd (dual format)
Director don sharp Cast Nicky Henson, mary larkin, beryl reid, George sanders
To paraphrase the nuns of Nonnberg: how do you score a film like Psychomania? This zombie biker flick is so deliriously daft, it may be the silliest British horror movie ever made.
Timotei-haired biker Tom (Nicky Henson) discovers the secret of eternal life: kill yourself believing, with absolute certainty, that you’ll come back. It works! Soon his gang are following suit, diving off tower blocks and motorway bridges, then embarking on a reign of terror that involves trashing a supermarket cereal aisle. Take that, Sugar Puffs! Add baffling guff about a frog pendant, a butler who may be Satan (George Sanders, in his last role), and some hilariously bathetic dialogue and you’re guaranteed to hoot with derision.
Yet amid the absurdity there are flashes of real quality, like the eerie slow-mo sequences of bikers circling standing stones, and a score which gloriously merges spooky pastoral with Hammond funk. How do you score a film like Psychomania? Generously, with gratitude for all the giggles.
Extras Three featurettes from a 2010 US release (40 minutes) are bolstered by a new Nicky Henson interview, pieces on the costumes and the remastering, and vintage shorts on Avebury and a biker club (46 minutes), plus trivia subtitles, a trailer and a booklet. Ian Berriman
The bassist on the score was legendary session man Herbie Flowers – who’s also on Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side”.
“I love catching flies – ulp!”