PG: Psycho Goreman Movie Review

Written by Janine Pipe

Released by RLJE Films and Shudder

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Written and directed by Steven Kostanski
2020, 95 minutes, Not Rated
Premiered on Shudder on May 20th, 2021

Nita-Josee Hanna as Mimi
Owen Myre as Luke
Matthew Ninaber as Psycho Goreman (PG)
Steven Vlahos as Psycho Goreman (PG) (voice)
Adam Brooks as Greg
Alexis Kara Hancey as Susan

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I went into PG: Psycho Gorman pretty much blind. Sometimes that’s the best way. I had heard it was a bit silly and seemed to pay homage to the eighties with some great practical effects. That ticked several boxes immediately, so I settled down to watch.

What a hoot! I really enjoyed this film. I am pretty much a layperson when it comes to making movies, I have no idea about what goes on behind the scenes in order to make them – I just appreciate the end product. And this delivers and then some.

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We follow Mimi and Luke after they awaken an alien they name Psycho Gorman, or PG for short. Despite him wanting to wreak havoc upon the world, Mimi has a gem which controls PG and a hilarious and heartfelt friendship develops.

Right off the bat the film reminded me of The Gate, which is always a good thing. The kids are great, the punk-ass little sister who isn’t afraid of anything is especially awesome and there are some genuinely funny moments. The family dynamics are interesting too and there isn’t a superfluous character in the entire cast. The alien council is hilarious and there is a montage scene that had me laughing out loud. There is even a song which is just so ludicrous but so damn funny. 

But don’t worry hardcore horror fans, this is not some feel-good ET-type movie, it is gory and messed up and hits the spot for insane practical effects. Take Hellraiser, Star Wars, Evil Dead, The Power Rangers, The Gate and He-Man and mix them all up and you might get somewhere close to PG: Psycho Gorman.

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Part of me felt like it shouldn’t have worked. It blends horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comedy. There should be way too much going on for it to know what it is. But it does work; on the most basic of levels it is pure entertainment. Huge kudos to the writer, director, hell, the entire team behind this. All too often movies try too hard and end up losing their identity. Is it a horror, a fantasy, how do we interpret this? But PG: Psycho Gorman succeeds in being all of this and more, and that is a credit to the creators. I already know that I want to watch it again and if there is a sequel, I’ll be all for it.

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Movie: 5 Star Rating Cover

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Janine Pipe
Staff Reviewer
Janine has enjoyed horror from an early age, frightening herself with ghost stories and learning the craft from Stephen King. After trading in a police badge and an apple for the teach (ing assistant) er, she decided to try her hand at something she loved – writing her own scary stuff. She has many terrifying tales published and has been nominated for a 2020 Splatterpunk Award. She hopes her mum never reads a certain story about a hole in a tree … As well as reading and writing, she is an editor and publicist for Kandisha Press with her BFF Jill, where she is always on the lookout for new women’s voices for their anthologies. Her favourite authors and influences are quite obvious when you read her work. But she’d like to remind you they are: Glenn Rolfe, Hunter Shea and Tim Meyer. When not writing, reading or reviewing, Janine can be found at home with her husband and daughter, planning their next trip to Walt Disney World and drinking obscene amounts of coffee.
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