Steven Kostanski quasi been carving a name for himself since breaking solo from the Astron 6 directing collective and making the Lovecraft inspired The Void and the above-average Leprechaun reboot Leprechaun Returns. With Psycho Goreman he pays tribute to high concept Saturday morning cartoons from the eighties as well as tokusatu shows from the early nineties like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
After the expansive lore building to the titular character in the introduction, we find him unearthed under the control of a sociopathic young girl named Mimi (Scout Flint) who holds the gem that brings his enslavement and opportunistically uses this predicament to torture her passive but loyal brother and potentially rid the world of everyone who annoys her, which is pretty much everyone.
The film enraptures a bizarre tonal balancing act that captures odd but sweet eighties family comedies like Harry and the Hendersons to early Peter Jackson splatter feats like Dead Alive. The modest practical effects have a nice Roger Corman sensibility and the overall aesthetic make this much better than it has any right to be a Troma film that’s not actually a Troma film. Between the wacky musical montage with PG on drums to the hilarious dialogue such as “When I’m free of your daughter’s control I will bathe in your daughter’s blood.” could make this a future midnight movie staple. Astron 6’s Adam Brooks as the dad has some great singers as well, “Endless servitude¿” Sounds like being married to you, Susan.”
Kostanski is someone who seems to gradually outdo himself with each feature he makes no I’m very interested in seeing what he does on SYFY’s Day of the Dead series he’s been working on. This might not be an all-time cult favorite, time will have to tell organically, but it’s certainly an entertaining curiosity that deserves to be seen.