Psycho Girls (1985)

Article 4678 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 11-11-2014
Directed by Gerry Ciccoritti
Featuring John Haslett Cuff, Darlene Mignacco, Rose Graham
Country: Canada
What it is: Psychos on the loose

A female psycho who killed her parents when she was a child escapes from an asylum with two other inmates. They embark on a spree of torture and killing.

A cursory review of the story line of this comedy-horror movie makes it sound like a pretty run-of-the-mill “inmates on the loose” type of story. However, there’s a really odd vibe to this movie that makes it stand out a little from the crowd; the characters and relationships are a little more interesting than in the usual run of movies of this sort. Granted, this odd vibe is both a blessing and a curse; though it enhances several moments in the movie, it also brings it to a screeching halt in the middle of the movie where we end up at an interminable dinner party caught up in an endless discussion about psychiatry and its failings. It’s very hard to take this scene seriously when people make blanket claims such as most psychiatrists being impotent, and if there’s one impression I get from the movie, it’s that someone has a real issue with the whole profession. It also doesn’t help that some of the acting in the movie is pretty dodgy. Nevertheless, it does work occasionally, and overall, I’d say it’s more successful with the horror then the comedy. Though I wouldn’t say the movie is good, it does have point of interest for the patient viewer.


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