When a psychotic masked maniac starts killing off your friends one by one, who do you turn to? Where do you run? You can’t go out alone, so you might as well stay close to your friends and hope for the best, right?
Psychotic! Is about a group of hard-partying Brooklyn hipsters who are being stalked and savagely murdered by a masked maniac known as the Bushwick Party Killer.
Being a fan of giallos and slashers, I found that Psychotic! had a bunch of things that made me a fan of the film. It has this colorful lighting very reminiscent of Argento’s Suspiria with blue and red tints that gives the film a very artistic and creepy atmosphere. Not only that, but it also kicks off with the audience witnessing a party through the eyes of the killer as he/she stalks and kills the first victim. Even the score is a homage to those same types of films with a pretty kick ass synth score from Phantomize that sets the tone for the film.
Besides the great homages, the mask of the killer is creepy and unique. It looks as though it was made with paper mache to resemble a human face. The mask had this dead eye stare that is completely unsettling.
With that being said, the only complaints I have is with some of the acting. Granted, the characters are supposed to be portrayed as over the top and annoying due to the fact that they are poking fun at hipsters, but some of the performances just fell flat for me. The two that stood out the most were the directors, Frey and Gibbons, who seemed to be having a blast with their characters. Although the majority of the acting started to grate on me, it really didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the film.