PG: Psycho Goreman (2021)

An alien being returns and finds its world turned upside down in this latest amazing retro-style horror fantasy from the crew who brought you The Void and Manborg.

Mimi and Luke are a brother and sister who take sibling rivalry to new heights with Mimi having to take charge, bullying her brother on a constant basis. One night, in their backyard, the duo begins digging and come across a strange gem which Mimi keeps for herself. That night, a mysterious being comes out of the ground, having come back to life after years of imprisonment. This nameless being, who comes from the planet Gigax, has one thing in mind and that’s to destroy the universe.

However, when he catches up to Mimi and Luke, he discovers she is in possession of the gem, which takes complete control of him. Despite his reluctance and constant threats, he is forced to do what Mimi says. She even gives him a name in Psycho Goreman, PG, for short. However, “PG” will soon find trouble when the Templars, the ones who imprisoned him in the first place, have learned on his resurgence on Earth and intend to kill him. What will happen when he and the factions finally meet, just when PG starts to feel a bit different about his goal in life?

From the director who brought you Manborg and The Void comes his latest retro masterpiece. Steven Kostanski clearly is a filmmaker who loves retro flicks and horror films. For his latest, he delves into combining a family-style adventure if you have one of the most dysfunctional families imaginable meshed with an alien hellbent on destroying the Earth only to slowly change when one, he is forced into servitude, and two, slowly changes somewhat especially when a bigger threat has arrived.

The reason to see this movie is Nita-Josee Hanna as the very precocious Mimi. Okay, that’s the understatement of the year. We’re talking a teenage girl who takes absolutely nothing from anyone. She is the definition of both smartaleck and badass. Even when she is constantly threatened to be killed in some form by the titular alien monster, she brushes it off as if she doesn’t have a care in the world. And it is that attitude that makes her somewhat distant from her brother Luke, played by Owen Myre, and causes a sense of dissention between her parents, played by Alexis Hancey and Adam Brooks.

Matthew Ninabar does the physical work inside the suit of the titular Psycho Goreman with Steven Vlahos providing the voice. PG looks very menacing, but in a hilarious montage where he is forced to attempt to live “normal” among the family, we see him sporting some 80’s style fashions which prove to be hilarious as well as he playing the drums in Mimi’s rock band, which consist of she, her brother, and their friend, who thanks to Mimi, undergoes a change and spends the rest of the film in this new form. We even get to see PG provide most of the gore, which meshes CGI (only in certain spots) with practical effects. The finale, which is even more shocking provides a sword fight that takes the cake as we see PG resort to creating a blade from a very unexpected source. There is also a nice fight scene between PG and the Templars in a forest, which we see martial arts, fighting, and nifty gory effects. Kudos goes to the SFX team and fight choreographer Alex Chung for bringing this fun and wild fight scene.

PG: Psycho Goreman is wild, fun, witty, and gory. This film is as mentioned, a masterpiece from writer-director Steven Kostanski. Check out for the film for Nita-Josee Hanna and the titular character, as they are the insane version of a “dream team”.

WFG RATING: A+

RLJE Films and Shudder presents in association with Raven Banner Entertainment a Dystopia Films production. Director: Steven Kostanski. Producers: Steven Kostanski, Shannon Hanmer, and Stuart F. Andrews. Writer: Steven Kostanski. Cinematography: Andrew Appelle. Editing: Steven Kostanski and Andrew Appelle.

Cast: Nita-Josee Hanna, Owen Myre, Matthew Ninabar, Steven Vlahos (voice), Alexis Hancey, Adam Brooks, Kristen MacCulloch, Anna Tierney (voice), Roxine Plummer, Scout Flint, Rick Amsbury.

The film will be released in select theaters, On Demand, and Digital on January 22, 2021.

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