Psycho Goreman (2020) Shudder Movie Review

Psycho Goreman – Comical Blast

Director: Steven Kostanski

Writer: Steven Kostanski (Screenplay)

Starring: Nita-Josee Hanna, Owen Myre, Matthew Ninaber, Adam Brooks, Alexis Kara Hancey

Plot: After unearthing a gem that controls an evil monster looking to destroy the Universe, a young girl and her brother use it to make him do their bidding.

Tagline – Little girl. Big psycho.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Psycho Goreman starts when Mimi (Hannah) and her brother Luke (Myre) discover the aftermath of the attack by the alien visitor, with his trying to intimidate her, she has a gem which will give her complete control of him, naming his Psycho Goreman, turning him into her pet.

As Mimi continues to use Psycho Goreman, he is waiting for his chance to escape and bring his reign of terror on the world, as the other aliens that left him on Earth are looking to finish off the job.

Thoughts on Psycho Goreman

Characters & Performances – Mimi is the young girl that is always beating her brother in the games they play and when she meets the alien, she isn’t going to back down, she ends up controlling the alien, naming him and teaching him about her family. She is a very demanding character that always wants to be the centre of attention and finds herself doing that with Goreman in tow. Luke is the brother that is used to getting bossed around by his sister, he will follow her through the adventure and does try to put her back on the right path when she gets led astray. The two young stars Nita-Josee Hanna and Owen Myre are great together, they come off like real siblings and also get the bigger point of their characters differences over. The alien named Psycho Goreman has come to destroy worlds, only he now finds himself being controlled by the young girl, he wants to break away from the control she has and return to his destruction, which is stories are filled with dead pan seriously destruction talk, similar to what Drax is like in the Guardians of the Galaxy. While portrayed as the dangerous figure, we get to see the softer side of this dimensional alien being through the film. We do get a host of different aliens that are trying to track down Psycho Goreman, all with their own motivation for this along the way, but none feel as entertaining as Psycho Goreman, even if their designs are amazing.

StoryThe story here follows two young kids that find themselves being able to control an alien from another dimension that is hellbent on destroying everything and start using him for their own deeds, while teaching him about Earth. This is a very strange story, it is a truly unique one too, think a blend of the kindness in ET and the twisted visions of the Golem tale. The way this is told feels like a coming-of-age tale, despite having the violence, death and destruction around with the dimensional battles. This is one that you really won’t know what will come next, which is great to see and even with the character Psycho Goreman constantly wanting to commit death on people, we will get the laughs along the way with how deep down and dark this gets.

ThemesPsycho Goreman is an action horror comedy that will give us plenty to enjoy, the comedy comes from Psycho Goreman’s delivery of lines, with his desire for destruction in the world, given in such a dead pan tone. The horror gets mixed with the action, as we see the battles that will have plenty of blood mixed with the transformation ability, to give us the disturbing yet comical creations. Where Psycho Goreman truly shines is the special effects and creature creations that all look disturbingly real and most importantly original.



Psycho Goreman is a blast of a movie that will get you laughing and enjoying the bloodshed.

ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – Q – The Ladybug (2018) Thoughts

With this being a Chinese production with a character called Queenie, we are going under World Cinema for Q.

Director: Ding Shi

Writer: Ma Hua, Ding Shi, Yungei Wang (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Lisa Schwartz, Haylie Duff, Norm MacDonald, Michael Donovan, Greg Chun, Michelle Ruff

Plot: Seven-spotted ladybug Rube lives in a glass cage inside a greenhouse inside a glassy laboratory. He longs for legendary bug utopia Golden Canyon. When he helps dragonfly Master Water escape wasp guards that have chased him into the laboratory, he accepts the suggestion to travel together. But Master Water has no intention of going to Golden Canyon, and abandons Rube.

Runtime: 1 Hour 15 Minutes

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Verdict: Poor Storytelling

Story: The Ladybug starts when young ladybug Ruby has been living in a glass cage for years, wanting to head to Golden Canyon gets her chances when Master Dan rescues her and they set out on their adventure, with Ruby needing to learn about the big wide world. As the adventure along the world, they meet a string of other insects that show them the dangers of the world.

Thoughts on The Ladybug

Final Thoughts This is a story that follows a ladybug looking to get to Golden Canyon, a place of beauty, filled with insects and animals, outside of the cage she is living in. we have a leading character that is filled with innocence only to feel too positive to be in this film. The adventure is everything we have seen before, without going to the levels that show us the distance truly needing to be covered. We do get the message about friendship and bravery, only it just doesn’t capture the magic of A Bug’s Life, with the same message.

Overall: Standard Animation