Psychos – USA, 2015

‘They’re back for bloody revenge.’

Psychos is a 2015 [released 2017] American horror film written and directed by Sandy Chukhadarian, with additional dialogue by Angel Jimenez Jr. It stars Angelica Chitwood, Deniele Cloutier, Melissa Elena Jones and Aubrey Wakeling.

When three young women anonymously receive shocking videos, a nightmare is reawakened that ignites a thirst for bloody vengeance.

The women embark on a journey to locate the house, their sadistic captor and to discover the truth behind those locked doors. However, the most shocking revelation of this chilling tale is the identities of the victims…

Psychos was released via VOD by Leomark Studios on March 17, 2017.

Review:

You want to see a decent movie trailer? Watch the link below for Psychos. Want to see a good horror film? Skip Psychos.

This is one hot heaping mess of a horror flick. Norma is a young woman who just lost her job at a nursery school for a minor threat: locking children in the closet if they don’t behave. JJ is a semi-gothic punk pre-med student who self mutilates on her spare time. And then we have Sasha… a private dancer/stripper with a little drinking problem and a potty mouth to boot.

All three ladies receive a disturbing video of abuse they endured at the hands of a torturous sexual predator ten years prior, team up and head over to the house of horrors to steal the DVD’s of their ordeal.

Interesting story so far, hmmm? It could have been. If the acting were better, the dialogue made sense, and the violence were actually, well….violent. I have never seen such tame “beatings” outside of auditions to guarantee nobody actually gets struck in the face, kicked in the ribs or axed to death. Talk about laughable! It’s embarrassing.

Which brings us to the “horror”. There is little to no graphic incidents to shock and disturb the earnest extreme-cinema fan. Given the subject matter (inc*st? torture? molestation?) I was expecting far more scenes of mutilation or at least… cringe-worthy dismembering along the lines of a mild slasher flick.

Major disappointment. Especially for a revenge movie! Psychos has so many holes in the story, it’s amazing that the characters didn’t fall through any and meet their demise. Cranking out some partial character development in the beginning was painful. Who is this “plain-Jane” Norma getting terminated from a day care center? Why is punky-looking JJ in med school?

And how come I want to decapitate Sasha every time she opens her ridiculously overacted awful mouth? Sorry Angelica Chitwood (Sasha)… but you were awkwardly uncomfortable to watch. Breaking into the house of your captive, and then dancing seductively with the other girls as if it were a slumber party is just plain strange. Deniele Ramos Cloutier (JJ) had promise but later fell flat. The only saving grace was Melissa Elena Jones (Norma) whose secrets begin to unfold but alas she cannot save this wreckage of a movie.

In the spirit of a “mind-f*ck” ending, you will roll your eyes so far back into your skull, your brain will thank you. This twist of the plot was completely over the top ludicrous and unbelievable. Not to mention, just a bad cop out as if Sandy Chukhadarian had no choice but to cliché the entire story. Such a poor decision. Not to mention, it didn’t work. I think the only part of Psychos I tolerated, is the title.

Meredith Brown, HORRORPEDIA

Main cast:

  • Angelica Chitwood … Sasha – The Chosen
  • Deniele Ramos Cloutier … JJ – The Electrician
  • Melissa Elena Jones … Norma
  • Aubrey Wakeling … Larry Thornhill – Terrordactyl; Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear; Grave Tales
  • Vince Peagler III … Michael
  • Gwendoline Pere-Lahaille … Rosie Thornhill
  • Johanna Rae … News Reporter – President Evil
  • Cliff Everett Smith … Officer Stewart
  • Monte James … Officer Cruz
  • Patrick Mark Turner … Guy
  • Wyatt McClure … Henry
  • Sophia Louisa … Nurse
  • Justice Alan … Jordan
  • Lindsay Prescott … Teen Norma in video footage
  • Randy Olea … Professor Wildman
  • Dee Wright … Kathleen

 

Filming locations:

Los Angeles and Pasadena, California, USA

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