Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 170: Mon June 18

Psychomania (Sharp 1971): The Alibi Film Club, 91 Kingsland High St, Dalston, E8. 8pm FREE


Time Out review:
'The first British Hell's Angels pic, and just about the blackest comedy to come out of this country in years. It features a bike gang called The Living Dead, whose leader (Henson) discovers the art of becoming just that. So he kills himself and is buried along with his bike, until he guns the engine and shoots back up through the turf; two victims later, he drives to a pub and calls his mother (Reid), a devil worshipper ensconced in her stately old dark house with Sanders as her sinisterly imperturbable butler, to say he's back. This level of absurdity could be feeble, but Sharp knows how to shoot it straight, without any directorial elbows-in-the-ribs. Consequently, much of the humour really works, even though the gang as individuals are strictly plastic.' David Pirie


Here is the BBC's take on the movie.

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