Psychomania (1971)

Well this is one odd film..

Psychomania  (1971)
Directed By:  Don Sharp


The Prologue

Well it’s time for some Psychomania!!! Also know to some of you as, The Death Wheelers. But with the title being changed to Psychomania is HAS to be good right? I think most things with “mania” in the title turn out to be pretty good. WrestleMania is really really good, so with that in mind I went into this with high hopes. I did learn after seeing this that it’s not always good to keep your hopes as high when heading into a film. While some parts of this film is kinda cool, there’s a whole lot that isn’t cool at all. Read along as we break down this little gem from 1971.

The Movie
A gang of young people call themselves the Living Dead. They terrorize the population from their small town. After an agreement with the devil, if they kill themselves firmly believing in it, they will survive and gain eternal life. Following their leader, they commit suicide one after the other, but things don’t necessarily turn out as expected…

So let it be know that when you die if you REALLY REALLY believe you will come back, you can! Not only can you come back, but you won’t have a mark on you and the motorcycle you crash during your high speed suicide will also be back without a scratch on it, so I guess the bike really truly believes as well. So, it’s really a movie plagued by a lack of logic if you really think about it. But you can tell as you watch this film and see people worshiping frogs that the writers must not have thought much about it either. The film also hurts from not having any real amount of blood.

I will however admit that I got a real Clockwork Orange feel from this film for maybe about ten minutes before that quickly faded away and the reality of what I was seeing had time to fully set in. Our lead does seem like he wants to be Alex from Clockwork Orange, but it’s really just overacting and you catch on to that soon enough. There are some cool sets here and there with color schemes that make you think “Kubrick”, but you can tie a red bow on a turd but at the end of the day it’s still a turd.

The second half of the film does pick up just a bit, but as we see mass suicide from a biker gang the lack of gore kills the effect of it and the silly ways of it all seem to be all that you remember. Oh, and did I mention that this film had a whole hell of a lot of frogs?? Yeeah, it’s one of those types of movies. I’m afraid all I can really remember in a good light from it is that the helmets these people wear look kinda cool. Sadly, that’s about it. And if that is all you can recall after watching something for around an hour and a half or more, that’s not a good thing.

The Conclusion
Not a whole lot to see here. It’s minus blood, gore, and logic. It’s only saving grace may be the car wreck factor of it. It’s pretty bad and may be a joy to watch at some point if you have nothing else to watch..Than again, maybe not. If you do choose to see it, watch at your own risk and don’t go into it expecting much.

The Rating (5.5/10)