A Brooklyn Slasher Film “Visually Striking. Produced by Maxwell Frey and Derek Gibbons, who together make up Destruction Inc., comes Psychotic!. This is further muddied by female cast members who are largely interchangeable. Founder and Editor in Chief of Horror Society. Who Can Touch Us When We Run? However, there’s a caveat here. For a film that is only 90 minutes long, the killings could have come sooner instead of having to put up with odd behaviors from all the characters. A Brooklyn Slasher Film is a strange, strange film. After years of experience producing award-winning work for The Onion, HBO and Cinemax, they’ve produced their first feature-length film. Publisher, Producer, Artistic Director: Dima Ballin. Produced by Maxwell Frey and Derek Gibbons, who together make up Destruction Inc., comes Psychotic!. Everyone is a self-obsessed, navel-gazing, irritating douche and as a result the movie has no emotional heart. Add in a little witchcraft and you have the recipe for something truly magickal. 2.5 out of 5 stars. After years of experience producing award-winning work for The Onion, HBO and Cinemax, they’ve produced their first feature-length film. Jan 8, 2018, 11:42 am The killer is on screen rather a lot and good use is made of silhouette and lighting to create an imposing figure. 25 (Jan/Mar 2016), Diabolique Magazine No. A Brooklyn Slasher Film make for a bloody good time or a complete mess of its interesting premise? by 23 (Mar-May 2015), Episode 2: Dead Teenager Movies: Lord Love a Duck, Massacre at Central High, and Heathers, Episode 3: Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca (1940), Episode 2: Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up (1966), Episode 1: Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1977), Episode 30: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne, Episode 29: Dirty Girls: The Films of John Hayes, Episode 28: I Saw What You Did: The Later Films of William Castle, Episode 27: Sex Without Shame: The Telephone Book (1971) and Elle (2016), The Hell’s Belles are finally back and this time, they are celebrating one of the genre’s best auteurs, Lamberto Ba…, It's Halloween! This whodunit mystery stylistically and aesthetically is loosely influenced by Italian Horror films of the 1970s as well as American Slashers of the 1980s. ; it lurches wildly from comedy punches thrown at the whole hipster community to more traditional, stalk-and-slash genre fayre. in Film Reviews, Slider Help us in support to keep the magazine going strong for years to come with a small donation. There is comparatively little blood, but there is gory fun to be had in the movie’s standout scene – a disemboweling which has more than a passing nod to Norman Bates’ most famous scene. The technical issues here can be ignored on such a small budget – around $50,000 – especially as this is an interesting conceit and has the potential to create some really atmospheric moments. Like the in-depth, diverse coverage of Cryptic Rock? Unsubscribe at any time. If it wasn’t stated in the title, most audiences would have no idea where the movie was set. are the movie’s biggest problem. 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As a result, by the time the viewer is halfway through the cringe-worthy acting of some of the characters and their issues, they find the killing spree rushed. On one hand it is a well-made, competently shot, low-budget slasher with some good ideas and an interesting, if peculiar, villain. This is evident right down to the practical gore effects and original soundtrack. Music to Get Your Spook On! Despite the title, the Brooklyn connection barely registered. Color While Psychotic! All Rights Reserved. A group of hard-partying Brooklyn hipsters are stalked and savagely murdered by a masked maniac known as the Bushwick Party Killer. 87 minutes Frey and Gibbons’ debut full-length feature film, Psychotic!, tells the story of struggling artists Tim (Frey) and Stuart (Gibbons) who cannot seem to enjoy the city life without the murders of a Bushwick Party Killer’s reign of terror ruining all the fun. Psychotic! Winner of Best Feature at the Cannabis Film Festival, Best NY Feature at the Upstate NY Horror Film Festival and Best Actress at The Lost Sanity & Sci-Fi Film Fest. Posted by: admin It’s up to struggling artists Tim and Stuart to figure out who keeps killing the life of the party. English Language ‘PSYCHOTIC! © Horror Society - Your Voice For Indie Horror, Gigi Saul Guerrero Premieres New Short “Mistress of Bones” on Crypt TV, “Sweet Taste of Souls” Now Available on VOD. And therein lies the rub. We are Maxwell Frey and Derek Gibbons, two filmmakers based in Brooklyn, NY. Lastly, when it finally comes to many of the characters dying, some are peculiar and take too long. What better to celebrate than to learn about the fan culture surrounding John Carpenter's 1978 clas…. Discerning slasher fans should be aware that the genre’s other most obvious tropes – female nudity and sex scenes – are completely absent. PSYCHOTIC! Immediately they connected on their love of film (especially horror and exploitation) and began collaborating on shorts of their own. As mentioned, the filmmakers’ debut full-length feature, the positive thing that stands out the most about Psychotic! There is nothing perhaps more enchanting than a good old folk, or fairy tale. That does not mean it is not worth checking out for those who enjoy a film that pays homage to Horror’s past. Psychotic! Not to mention, for a Slasher film, deaths come in almost 40 minutes in, aside from the first death. Psychotic! From start to finish, the opening sequence is extremely well done. A Brooklyn Slasher Film Is Slashing Through Bushwick - The Blood Shed Tomorrow's Horror Legends Today! On the tail end of its impressive festival run PSYCHOTIC! Everyone hates hipsters, or at least that is the idea at the centre of Psychotic! However, after the first half of Psychotic!, the acting practically destroys whatever chance the film has of being interesting. is the cinematography work of Brian Stanfield. has been lauded for its visually striking Giallo style and its blood-soaked practical effects. Learn how your comment data is processed. The rent is high but the body count is higher in PSYCHOTIC!, the suspenseful psychedelic slasher that follows a group of hard-partying Brooklyn hipsters as they’re stalked and savagely murdered by a masked maniac known as the Bushwick Party Killer. Like those in the best genre movies, the Bushwick Party Killer has a signature weapon – a knife mistaken for a letter opener in the movie’s opening motion – but employs a variety of implements to cull the hipsters as it trots towards its conclusion. 0. A bloody psychedelic Slasher set in Bushwick, New York, it was initially shown at Brooklyn Horror Film Festival back on October 15, 2016, but now receives a proper DVD and VOD release on Friday, January 26, 2018. is well lit and they use vivid colours to striking effect. Despite the movie’s relatively small cast, the body count is actually rather large with most seeing the sharp end of the killer’s intentions by the end of the 90-minute runtime. American Madness; Or, How A Country Lost Its Mind, Belle, Book, and Candle: A Bewitching Burlesque Show in a Haunted LA Venue, In the House of Wounds Fabulous Beasts Sing Their Sadness Deep…, “The Ghastly One Is Coming! As a result, CrypticRock gives Psychotic! A Brooklyn Slasher Film is a strange, strange film. Directors Maxwell Frey and Derek Gibbons – who write and star – focus far too much on trying to skewer the hipster movement with comedy which is, for the most part, not funny rather than focusing the slasher aspects that Psychotic! There are the bones of a solid little slasher here, but it is mired down by the rest of the film – a dreary comedy lacking in laughs and seemingly obsessed with presenting its hipster cast as unappealingly as possible. The clear highlight is an inventive death by bong scene. ‘Psychotic! Required fields are marked *. Stabbings, slashings and maimings appear with moderate regularity; the special effects are pretty ropy. Hey horror fans! Given that at the heart of a good slasher movie is a healthy number of characters against whom the audience can root, the idea of having hipsters in the crosshairs seems like a wonderful idea. Confessions of a Cineslut: Bell, Book and Candle (1958). This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. No Exit: Hell is a Film Related Facebook Group. Characters act in over-the-top ways and react irrationally to a killer that could be someone they know. “For God’s sake, somebody help me!” The Perfectly Ludicrous World of Umberto Lenzi’s Ghosthouse. A Brooklyn Slasher Film’ [Movie Review], Diabolique Magazine No. A group of hard-partying Brooklyn hipsters are stalked and savagely murdered by a masked maniac known as the Bushwick Party Killer.