PSYCHOS IN LOVE (1987)

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Edited, Cinematography & Directed By: Gorman Bechard
Written By: Gorman Bechard & Carmine Capobianco

CAST: Carmine Capobianco, Debi Thibeault, Frank Stewart

A strip-joint owner and a manicurist find that they have many things in common, the foremost being that they are psychotic serial killers. They fall in love and are happy being the family that slays together, until one day they come up against a plumber who also happens to be a cannibal.

This is a film more recognized from it’s poster more than anything else about it.

I have wanted to see this film ever sine I was 10 years old and I saw the poster in a video store I was partially scared as a child to actually watch it since the poster was so graphic I could imagine how violent the film would be. Over the years it remained in the back of my mind but I forgot it, but finally it came out on DVD and I jumped at the chance to watch it and while it didn’t live up to my expectations I am glad I saw it.

This is a film that has me see-sawing when it comes to the likeability of the film. Where as the film never takes itself seriously and has a fun manner. I can’t honestly say it is a good film. It is more of a cult film item. Now while I like it I would e careful to actually recommend it to anyone else. Now while I like it I have a certain sense of humor when it comes to this film. That might disappoint a lot of you out there.

You can’t take this film seriously at all which is a good thing I guess. It seems like it is a miracle the two leads lasted this long as killers at large without getting caught. It also feels like the rival serial killer is added only to pad out the running time and give them a inevitable enemy. It adds some form of a plot and new outrageous characters and less repetitious Scenes.

The film at times feels a little off rhythm. At first there seems to be a set beat that the film then always seems to make a misstep and obliterate it. It marches to the beat of it’s own drummer. It has a interesting concept that in certain parts of the film burns out fast but then makes a comeback. The film throws you off in some aspects in one scene the boom mike falls into frame and then all of a sudden for the scene the film becomes a documentary. Out of nowhere and for no real reason. Then in another scene the film breaks the fourth wall and shows the crew o the side pumping blood sure they seem to be jokes but could also have been covering up mistakes who knows either way I guess it’s all in good fun.

It’s a very messy film. Moments of comedy in the film actually produce more unintentional comedy and laughs. It’s almost like the film is a first draft of a screenplay.

The theme song is completely hilarious.

The Film plays almost like a student film that is trying to impress it’s audience and elbow it in the ribs at the same time. It’s a bad film but bad in a good way where as some scenes you can’t believe they are so bad that it becomes entertaining. It ends up more like trashy.

It is a film very much of it’s 80’speriod. The film is actually clever every 20 minutes or so.

The little things that bother me it is a little ridiculous people or victims bleed way too easily even if they get punched they start choking up blood. The audio in certain scnes is off and you can see the equipment in certain scenes. The acting isn’t that great in some scenes it’s rather wooden. Some shots last a little too long. Though for all it’s problems it does have a certain charm.

The DVD is also very good as it has commentary (From 2005) With the director, Star and screenwriter. Plus the directors early short films and trailers for some of his other work that look intriguing and shows over the years the director matured and honed his skills to be more sharper.

It’s a film that after you watch it the more you think about it the more you admire it. It is a film that has plenty of energy and ideas.

GRADE: C

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