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[Beyond Fest 2020] Review ‘PG: Psycho Goreman’ Is a Heartwarming and Heart Ripping Family Classic

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Every child dreams of having a fantastical, magical friend to brighten their lives and to go on adventures with. Like E.T., or Gizmo, or even Mac. But what if some kids ended up befriending the ultimate evil?

 

Brother and sister Luke (Owen Myre, NOS4A2) and Mimi (Nita-Josee Hanna, Books of Blood) are two ordinary kids living an ordinary existence in their ordinary suburban neighborhood. Mimi is hotheaded and likes to boss her older, more passive brother around and play their made-up sport ‘Crazy Ball.’ One night, they find a strange steel coffin buried under their backyard which Mimi unwittingly opens. Unleashing a cosmic force of eternal darkness though to be buried for millennia… who they dub as Psycho Goreman! Or P.G. for short. With Mimi and Luke gaining control over the greatest threat in the cosmos through his magic gem, they’ll teach him the meaning of friendship whether he likes it or not. While being stalked by enemies and allies from the cold reaches of space!

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Psycho Goreman comes to us from Steven Kostanski, the director who brought us genre busting movies like The VoidManborg, and the most recent entry in the Leprechaun franchise; Leprechaun Returns. So it should come as no surprise that P.G. (Which most likely will receive an ‘R’ rating for some spectacular violence) is a movie that defies expectation. It’s a family fantasy comedy where the new ‘member of the family’ is an unholy killing machine. But despite rampant mass murder and threatening planetary genocide, Psycho Goreman develops a lot of heart… while ripping people’s heads off.

 

The creature and practical FX from Kostanski and co. is exemplary. Reminding me of Japanese Sentai shows and Power Rangers in terms of design but with the violence and action of their darker contemporaries like Zeiram and Hakaider. There is seemingly no limit to P.G.’s dark, magical abilities and he gleefully makes the most of it to either execute his foes or annoyances with over the top bloodshed or subject them to comically diabolical fates worse than death. All to the bemusement of his newfound kid friends/masters. Making for some entertaining fights once P.G. has to face off with his sworn enemies and and other foes from outer space. Leading to some very memorable face shredding, body devouring and blood geyser induced brawls. It only makes me want Kostanski to get even larger budgets and more resources to work with. His career has been marked by being able to do so much with a little, and with the ability to do so I’m certain he could unleash a world of horrors. In the best way imaginable.

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The cast of characters shine even in P.G.’s bombastic and eternally dark shadow. Nita-Josee Hanna stands out as the leader of the siblings and providing a reservoir of energy that would be expected of any kid who would manage to control a being of unimaginable power. Conversely, Owen Myre does well as the more grounded older brother who has a better realization of the sheer horror they are unleashing and the collateral damage it’s causing around them. It makes for a fun dynamic as they better acquaint themselves with Psycho Goreman who repeatedly threatens to eviscerate them… but may slowly begin to grow fond of them?

 

As well, for fans of Kostanski and Astron-6’s earlier work, expect to see and hear a lot of familiar faces and voices from the former film collective. Adam Brooks plays the lazy sitcom dad archetype to its most cartoonish and dysfunctional levels, even when confronted with the cosmic weirdness invading his home life. As for Psycho Goreman himself, he’s a villain audiences will immediately warm up to. Like a Dragon Ball Z villain crossed with a rogue Cenobite forced to endure the childish whims of his new masters, his frustrations at his lot in life make for a lot of laughs. He has an interesting arc as the evil overlord is humbled by his experience and slowly but surely warms up to Luke and Mimi. While still wanting to horribly kill them and the human race. Old habits die hard, and all.

 

With an amusing blend of childhood fantasy escapism along with bonkers gore and fights, Psycho Goreman is sure to be a movie that is sure to amuse audiences of all ages. That is if parents are cool and allow their kids to watch it. Which they should.

 

Psycho Goreman will be available in theaters and on VOD on January 22nd, 2021

 

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10 Worst Shark Movies According to Letterboxd 

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Shark movies and summer go hand-in-hand. We’ve had a few this year already. Ouija Shark 2 and The Reef: Stalked are coming out soon and recently Shark Bait was a mediocre surprise. However, there have been some real — depending on your point-of-view — stinkers in the past. At least according to Letterboxd.

Letterboxd is a great tool if you’re planning on avoiding the heat and staying in for some oceanic predator thrillers. Of course, there’s the apex box-office masterpiece Jaws and the modern impressively shot The Shallows. But what about the cinematic flotsam and jetsom, the ones that are so ridiculous their publicity agents probably cringed at the thought of trying to market these Best Value copies?

We have taken the lowest-rated shark films on Letterboxd to compile this list. From that list, we filtered out 10 shark movies from lowest rated to highest.

The “Worst” Shark Movies Is a Matter of Opinion

We discovered that Asylum, a gloriously schlocky studio, isn’t the only company that’s afraid to take the great out of a Great White shark film. That’s not a criticism, it’s a celebration of B-grade CGI moviemaking and great green screen acting. The 10 movies below are ordered from worst to best. We’ve included the trailers just in case you need more convincing to invest your precious summertime viewing schedule into some hilariously diminishing returns.

10. Jurassic Shark

Not only is this a play on words, it’s also a play on the genre. Get ready as group of castaways are terrorized by a shark the size of a 747. Unlike a jumbo jet, this one doesn’t quite stick the landing.

When an oil company has unwittingly unleashed a prehistoric shark from its icy prison, the Jurassic killer maroons a group of art thieves and a group of beautiful young college students on an abandoned piece of land. The two opposing groups are forced to do what they can to survive or become food for the not-quite-extinct shark!

9. Shark Exorcist (2015)

Fifty years! Yes 50 years later and The Exorcist is still the scariest movie of all time. Sadly the scariest part of this worse shark movie is its tagline: “The only thing more terrifying than a shark in the sea, is a shark in a she!” You’re gonna need a bigger sense of humor.

A demonic nun summons Satan to a small fishing village, where he takes over the bodies of a great white shark and a young woman. A chain reaction of evil grips the tiny community as shredded bodies wash ashore. A Catholic priest arrives, and he must fight both teeth and temptation on land and sea in order to send these man-killers back to Hell before the tide comes in for good!

8. Psycho Shark (2009)

This movie has been dubbed “Jaws in Japan.” But we’ll let you be the judge on whether or not that’s a compliment or an insult. We think the trailer below will give you some push toward your opinion, maybe it’s just us, but it’s kind of intriguing.

Beautiful girls are in danger. At Sunny Beach, a huge shark is waiting for his prey. College students Miki and Mai arrive on a private beach on a tropical island. They can’t find the hotel where they booked their reservations, and have gotten hopelessly lost, until a handsome young man shows up, offering to take them to his lodge. But something is not right about the place. The owner’s fingernails are tainted with blood and Miki feels something sinister lurking nearby.

7. Avalanche Sharks (2013)

Whereas Shark Exorcist employs the Catholic Church as thier possession catalyst, here it’s a Native American curse. This one’s different though, the curse makes young women don bikinis in freezing weather, and salt water fish to swim in snow banks. I guess, snow is technically water?

It’s Spring Break at a U.S. ski field. The resorts visitors and staff are attacked by snow sharks who were summoned to the mountain by vengeful American Indian sharmans long ago. The staff and some spring breakers battle the cursed ice-sharks to survive in the snow and escape the mountain.

6. Planet of the Sharks (2016)

Waterworld meets Deep Blue Sea in this post-apocalyptic worst shark movie. Although Planet of the Apes had award-winning makeup effects by John Chambers, this movie keeps the creatures mute and in their natural form — if you count CGI as natural.

In the near future, glacial melting has covered ninety-eight percent of Earth’s landmass. Sharks have flourished, and now dominate the planet, operating as one massive school led by a mutated alpha shark.

5. Raiders of the Lost Shark (2014)

Are you noticing a pattern? No, not that there’s a pandemic of bad Jaws rip-offs, but there’s a pandemic of bad movie title parodies. It’s almost like writing titles for adult movies. That’s half right for this worst shark movie — this is softcore. Plenty of audition-grade acting and cheap SFX makes one wonder why this one ranked above Shark Exorcist.

Four friends set out by boat for a vacation on a private island. But unknown to them, a weaponized shark has escaped from a top-secret military lab, a shark genetically engineered with hate in its blood, and programmed to hunt any human within range. Now, these friends must band together to battle an all-new brand of predator who will stop at nothing to remain at the top of the food chain.

4. Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus (2010)

The filmmakers aren’t only taking artistic liberties with evolution but toying with genetics in this one. Given that a crocodiles are actually a real dinosaurs there was no need to change its name, that is unless you’re going to make it a kaiju. Which is exactly what the makers of this bonkers film did to make it interesting. Add a grown-up Jaleel White to the mix and you have a drinking game in which you take a shot and say “did I do that?” after every building collapse.

A megalodon battles with a crocosaurus causing massive destruction. The U.S. Army has to try and destroy the havoc creating monsters.

3. Amityville Island (2020)

Slasher meets possession meets a cult meets women in prison meets haunted house meets Jaws, let’s thrown in a creepy doll just for cliche’s sake. These worst shark movie titles are edging closer to being meta, this one gives a nod to both Jaws and The Amityville Horror.

A cursed survivor of killings at the Amityville house brings evil to a small island where bizarre genetic experiments are carried out on humans and animals in a secret women’s prison.

2. 2-Headed Shark Attack 

Once the hair-flipping and beach towel poses are done, this one actually looks like a winner. With Carmen Electra and Brooke Hogan as headliners, it’s all downhill from here. Asylum put some thought into this one. It’s the very definition of a B-movie and the reason why we love them so much.

Survivors escape to a deserted atoll, after their boat during a Semester at Sea ship is sunk by a mutated two-headed shark. But when the atoll starts flooding, no one is safe from the double jaws of the monster.

1. Frenzy aka Surrounded (2018)

The money is in the cinematography in this The Shallows clone. This movie looks a little better than the rest on this list. Maybe that’s because the two leads Aubrey Reynolds and Gina Vitori aren’t the typical busty beach babe trope so often exploited in B-movies.

A group of friends run a popular travel vlog that helps fund their adventures. Paige (Gina Vitori), the leader of the group, includes her younger sister, Lindsey (Aubrey Reynolds), for the next scuba diving trip to an isolated cove. But when their plane crashes, the two sisters must use their strength, resourcefulness and immense courage to survive a pack of great white sharks.

Well that’s it. These are the worst rated shark movies on Letterboxd. Some are good some are bad, but all are fun. If you give one or all a watch let us know your thoughts. And as always, if we missed something let us know.

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9 Gory Horror Movies on Tubi Right Now 

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We love Tubi TV at iHorror, but navigating through their horror category is exhausting. It’s hard to know what’s worth watching and what’s filler, so we have gone through their enormous queue and found some gory movies that you can watch right now. Some are good, some are great, but that’s a matter of opinion. At least you don’t have to find them yourself.

Dead Snow (2009)

Nazis on ice? It’s an interesting choice, especially when said evil comrades are zombies. This horror-comedy is filled with gore, and although it might not be the best film on this list, it’s definitely a good time. The plot is mostly cut-and-paste, a group of friends decides to take a vacation to an isolated part of a nearby forest. They are soon interrupted by zombies from the Third Reich. This film has its tongue firmly planted in its cheek which means you don’t have to take the subject matter all too seriously.

Black Sheep (2006)

Ah, New Zealand horror. We love the sound of that. Their movies are quirky, comical, and outrageous. These are the exact qualities you will find in Black Sheep, an over-the-top blood bath in which cute, cuddly farm animals become blood-thirsty monsters. A science experiment goes off the rails and transforms a herd of timid sheep into a horde of unstoppable murderous beasts.

Laid to Rest (2009)

This great slasher is noteworthy for a few things. First, the killer is named ChromeSkull because of his metallic mask which is not only really cool but uniquely terrifying. Second, the practical makeup effects are gruesome and frighteningly realistic. There is one scene, in particular, that seems impossible to do without CGI. For exceptional kills and fast-paced action, Laid to Rest gets high marks for originality.

A young woman wakes up in a casket with no recollection of her past. She is pursued by a masked killer who uses a video camera to document his kills. Can she outsmart her pursuer before he takes her down?

Terrifier (2016)

This Halloween staple is getting a sequel in October. Art the Clown tries to charm his victims without saying a word. This film is not only bloody, it’s unnerving. With some great performances and an extreme gore centerpiece, this one is not for the faint of heart.

The black and white painted fiend known as Art the Clown goes on a carnage-filled killing spree on Halloween night. He stalks three women who are shocked at what this menace is capable of.

House of Wax (2005)

Dark Castle Entertainment isn’t a production company we’ve heard from in a long time. With Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis at the helm, they put out some great horror titles, House of Wax is one of them. A reboot of the 1953 Vincent Price classic of the same name, this version gets outrageously graphic. From fingers getting severed with snips, to Paris Hilton’s famous death scene, House of Wax delivers the thrills through convincing practical effects.

Again we have a group of young adults who embody all the horror movie tropes. They are on their way to a sporting event when suddenly their car breaks down. Looking for a mechanic, the group walks to a small town where the residents appear to be homebound. A wax museum displays realistic figures in different scenes around the house. This leads to some gory revelations and little room for escape.

House on Haunted Hill (2005)

Here’s another from the Dark Castle label. And again a name-only reboot of a Price classic. This one differs from the above in many ways. First, it’s not a group of teens in danger, it’s adults. And whereas House of Wax dealt with physical danger, House on Haunted Hill is supernatural. Gallons of blood are used in this gory, insane thrill ride.

A diverse group of adults is invited to a birthday party at a large cliffside mansion. Once they get there strange things start to happen at the hands of their crazy host played by Geoffrey Rush. But when things start to happen on their own, the group is left to fight for their lives inside the massive stronghold that’s been sealed shut.

The Collector (2010)

There are a handful of bloody kills in this modern slasher. The intensity and traps laid throughout the house setting are extraordinary and give viewers a lot of what they came for: gore. The masked killer of the title is smarter than your average Jason and uses that to his advantage when trapping and killing his victims. This one is not only disturbing, it’s mesmerizing.

A former convict now handyman is desperate to save his wife from loan sharks. He decides to break into a client’s house and rob them of a valuable precious stone. What he doesn’t know is that a masked killer has already invaded the house, setting deadly traps throughout for unsuspecting guests. The handyman must navigate around them to save the remaining homeowners.

Feast (2005)

The amount of gore that goes into this monster opus is awe-inspiring. Practical effects are used throughout the film and it’s a wonderful sight to see. Although a bit ham-fisted, Feast is a non-stop carnage fest where blood flows like water. The creatures are incredible and there must be a limb torn off someone every two minutes. If you haven’t seen Feast, you’re not using Tubi to its full potential.

The plot is simple: A local bar is invaded by blood-thirsty creatures in the middle of the desert. The patrons must find a way to kill the monsters that can reproduce at an alarming rate.

Land of the Dead (2005)

Writer/Director George Romero returned to his zombie roots in Land of the Dead. And just like his previous Dead films, there is plenty of gore. In fact, it’s rumored the director shot two versions of this film, an R-rated one for theaters and an unrated one for DVD. In actuality, he shot the whole film once, but used greenscreen elements to obscure the gore in theaters then removed those restrictions in post for the DVD. Genius.

This entry into Romero’s oeuvre takes place after the first three films. Humans have created a fortified safe space in Pittsburg as the undead have completely taken over the world. As the zombies start to free-think, they begin to assemble, ready to attack the living in their fortress. A team of mercenaries tries to keep the dead at bay, but their time is running out.

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‘Fair Game’ Trailer Brutally Combines ‘Mad Max’ With ‘I Spit On Your Grave’

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It has been entirely too long since we have seen a proper Ozploitation film. Dark Star Picture’s Fair Game looks to fix that by coming at us with fist cuffs ready to go and complete with classic gritty film aesthetic.

Fair Game really does have that entire packaged look – complete with grit, indie feel, pop zooms and all.

Fair Game looks to be a high-octane homage to Mad Max meets I Spit On Your Grave. It looks to be a film that takes no prisoners with its lead Cassandra Delaney ready to kick ass.

The synopsis for Fair Game goes like this:

A young woman running a wildlife sanctuary in the Australian outback is in for trouble when she is confronted by three kangaroo hunters. Bored with killing kangaroos, they decide to kill the animals in the sanctuary, and when they see how attractive the owner is, they decide to have a little “fun” with her, too. Turns out that they may get a bit more “fun” than they bargained for.

Fair Game stars Delaney, Peter Ford, David Sandford, Garry Who, and Don Barker in a film directed by Mario Andreacchio.

The brutal slice of Ozploitation arrives in theaters on July 8 and on VOD beginning July 12.

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