PSYCHOMANIA

Re­born To Be Wild

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

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!”

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