by Jason Minton
Psychomania – 1973
"Ride with the living dead" in this delightfully tacky and extremely unrefined B-British biker horror. A biker gang called the Living Dead terrorize a small town. Making a deal with the Devil, the gang lives up to their name in death, killing themselves to gain eternal life. "Seven suicides and they roared back as The Living Dead."
Psychomania known as The Death Wheelers in it's original U.S. release, is one of very few British biker movies. Filmed quickly and on a budget it relied on a few stunts and the overall theme of undead bikers. How can any horror fan turn down zombie bikers?
Even in England, this film managed to find the mass produced 70's movie feel. While not the best produced movie by any standards I can see why it's garnered its own following. It's a fun film to watch.
The best part of Psychomania besides the ridiculously awesome concept, is the movies score. The psychedelic new age sounds found in many movies of the era is done well and fits this film perfectly. There is a lack in story and at times it gets sidetracked on an acid trip, looking at random objects or spacing on cutaways. If you sit down for a fun watch from that era, you'll find enjoyment in Psychomania.
2 out of 5 Headless Critics
The real gem of this Blu-ray review is the features accompanying this title. For a one disc film it really packs in the bonus content. In the special features you'll learn the story of the films restoration. How only two 16mm prints were found and used to restore it onto Blu-ray. Almost every living actor from the film is interviewed about the making of the movie. There's an in-depth feature on the films wonderful score. If you're thinking about checking out Psychomania or if you're already a fan, half the enjoyment really is in the special features of this Blu-ray edition.
4 of 5 Horror Filled Features