- 3 2017
Andrew Donally for Benmar Productions
directed by Don Sharp
starring George Sanders, Beryl Reid, Nicky Henson, Mary Larkin, Ann Michelle, Robert Hardy, Roy Holder, Patrick Holt, Denis Gilmore, Miles Greenwood, Peter Whitting, June Brown, Lane Meddick, Rocky Taylor, Alan Bennion, John Levene, Jacki Webb, David Millett, Linda Gray, Andrew Laurence, Roy Evans, Bill Pertwee, Seretta Wilson, Denis Carey, Stanley Stewart, Ann Murray, Fiona Kendall, Ernest C. Jennings, Martin Boddey, Heather Wright, Penny Leatherbarrow, Marc Boyle, Jack Cooper, Cliff Diggins, Romo Gorrara, James Payne, Roy Scammell, Jack Silk, Jeff Silk, John Tatum
written by Arnaud d'Usseau, Julian Zimet (as Julian Halevy), music by John Cameron
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Tom (Nicky Henson) is the leader of the Living Dead, the by far most
ruthless biker gang of the UK - but while his mates seem to have only
joined the club for fun and games, and of course fast bikes, Tom has his
sights set on bigger things: Somehow, he has found out that his psychic
mother (Beryl Reid) and her butler Shadwell (George Sanders) have somehow
found out about the secret of eternal life, which basically has to do with
committing suicide believing that one will come back. Tom does just that,
drives his bike over a bridge, is buried sitting upright on his bike ...
and comes back shooting out of his grave on his bike - but apparently the
experience has somehow changed him for the worse, as he turns into a
ruthless killer, who basically kills mostly for fun, or if others annoy
him a bit or something. His gang are all thrilled by the new and now
immortal Tom, and one after the other they commit suicide, too, and most
of them come back safe for the ones who don't have the necessary faith.
The police is baffled by this murder spree of a gang who's officially
deceased, but then chief inspector Hesseltine (Robtert Hardy) gets hold of
Tom's girlfriend Abby (Mary Larkin), the very last of the gang still alive
who, actually a good girl, is becoming someone appalled by Tom's ruthless
attitude and ultimately agrees to help the police. But how far gone is Tom
already, and what can even the police do against a bunch of immortals?
I'd be hard-pressed if I claimed that this British blend of biker movie
and old school supernatural horror wasn't at least a little silly - in
fact it has one scratching one's head what these people were actually
thinking when making this ... and that's exactly why Psychomania is
so much fun at the same time, it's a careless slapdash of genres that
doesn't make too much sense, but there's plenty of action in there, some
inventive death scenes, plenty of irony, plus one can't help but being
drawn in by the style that spells 1970s from beginning to end. True, one
might like it for all the wrong reasons, but that's the point, it's very
likeable in its weird way!