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Film Review: PG: Psycho Goreman (2021)

PG: Psycho Goreman

PG: Psycho Goreman is the sweet tale of an intergalactic force of evil that meets his match in the form of an eleven-year-old girl.  Think Iron Giant but… evil.  

Few films that are meant to invoke the feel of a wild 80s cult film can truly summon the fury and stupidity of those films.  Enter Writer/Director Steven Kostanski’s truly bonkers PG: Psycho Goreman.

An alien entity of pure evil many millennia ago was locked away right before it was able to destroy the universe sending reality into eternal darkness.  The race that vanquished this entity locked it away in the safest planet far away from the advanced universe… Earth.  Cut to Present Day Earth. Siblings Mimi (Nita-Josee Hanna) and Luke (Owen Myre) during a game of Crazy Ball (a game of their own invention that fans of True American will appreciate) find buried in their backyard the entity of evil.  The entity unleashed begins where he left off with his plans of sending the universe into darkness … unfortunately Mimi has found the gemstone that controls the entity.  The tiny tyrant that is Mimi dubs the entity Psycho Goreman or PG for short.  Mimi with PG and brother Luke in tow begins to stir up a “shit storm” in their small town but also may have called down the alien race that first jailed PG.  Setting the stage for an all-out war in the most unexpected forms of battle. 

The story leans into Mimi’s worst behaviors it does not create a sanitized little “Disney Heroine” with some arc that shows she completely changes.  Nita-Josee Hanna as Mimi is a terrifying delight in the way that she has an innate ability to make you laugh even when she’s being the most abhorrent little kid on this side of The Good Son.  It is both refreshingly honest and truly deranged in this era of film, PG: Psycho Goreman exists with Mimi as its lead.  Making the film all the more Cult-worthy in our era of four-quadrant filmmaking.  

Cult movies are Cult movies because they never intend to be Cult Films.  There’s a purity to the way that decisions are made in earnest that ends up being the wrong decisions in a huge way.  That is part of the beauty of a Cult movie.  They are unencumbered by normal decisions and the results are often strange films, to say the least (one needs only watch 1999: The Bronx Warriors to understand this statement).  Most films that “try” to accomplish this knowing they’re attempting to create a “cult” movie fail.  There is an air of falsehood that moves through every decision a film of that nature makes. 

PG: Psycho Goreman is not one of those films. Kostanski’s film manages that rare feat of being a film that was designed and succeeds in being a ready-made Cult Movie.  Yes, that’s Cult Movie with a Capital “C”.  The secret of the film’s success is in its complete and utter sincerity.  For a film that revels in its little young hero’s worst behaviors as a bully, it is dementedly heartwarming.  The film is never condescending or flippant with the way that it handles its story.  Kostanski always takes everything seriously never making the film tongue in cheek and thus losing what makes Cult Movies… well, Cult-y. 

Any film that ends with a truly delirious route PG: Psycho Goreman earns its way into early cultdom in the way that it’s lead Mimi does… bullying you into submission into her way of thought.  But you know… ever so cutely and with heart. 

PG: Psycho Goreman is streaming exclusively on Shudder beginning May 20th

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