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Title: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: WilsonBros on 15 Aug 2007 - 12:03
One of our favourite movies, hands down!  :-\

There's so much to like about Psychomania - the deeply cool music score, the nihilistic pre-punk attitude, the vaguely-knowing performances from the principles, the bloodless but disturbing violence.  I could go on, but I won't.

It would be awfully nice if the upcoming Cinema Club release in the UK had something in the way of extras (not to mention an anamorphic transfer!), but it probably won't, so we'll settle for a print that is consistent in quality...

Kev W
Title: Re: Psychomania
Post by: LANZETTA on 15 Aug 2007 - 12:22
Not one of my favourites ,not all that good in fact in terms of all the my British horror collection,but still entertainly unique and a definite cult movie.

The guitar strumming hippy wake is hilarious and the Nicky Henson character exploding from out of the grave on a motorcycle is brilliant. :)
Title: Re: Psychomania
Post by: WilsonBros on 15 Aug 2007 - 14:10
...and ripped off by Motorhead in their Killed By Death promo.

Kev W
Title: Re: Psychomania
Post by: Kevin Coed on 15 Aug 2007 - 14:15
Anyone got one of these?

(http://cache4.spreadshirt.net/users/566000/565207/products/565207_3799731_1_huge.jpg)
Title: Re: Psychomania
Post by: Jonny on 15 Aug 2007 - 17:03
Anyone got one of these?

([url]http://cache4.spreadshirt.net/users/566000/565207/products/565207_3799731_1_huge.jpg[/url])


I have the long sleeved version, bought via the British Horror films website. Not bad quality, it's a heat transferred print, not screen printed and the sizes are a bit on the small side. I look a right twat in mine! Far too small!  ???
Title: Re: Psychomania
Post by: Kevin Coed on 15 Aug 2007 - 17:34
That answers my question for me then. Think I'll give it a miss.
Title: Re: Psychomania
Post by: Jonny on 15 Aug 2007 - 17:46
That answers my question for me then. Think I'll give it a miss.

It's a shame as the design is a winner, just so annoying when you get it to find out it's basically an iron on transfer. Cost me £17 too!  :)
Title: Re: Psychomania
Post by: Kevin Coed on 15 Aug 2007 - 18:09
I'm sure you could do a better job of it....
Title: Re: Psychomania
Post by: Jonny on 15 Aug 2007 - 18:17
I'm sure you could do a better job of it....

Oh for sure, I don't mind buying heat transfers but when they're so expensive it really gets my goat especially when I know how much it costs to make a good quality screen printed shirt.
Title: Re: Psychomania
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 15 Aug 2007 - 18:36
I passed over this one back in the mid 80s when it was on a budget label here. This isn't the same film Dark Sky released last year entitled VIOLENT MIDNIGHT aka PSYCHOMANIA is it? If not I've not seen this one either.
Title: Re: Psychomania
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 15 Aug 2007 - 18:44
Anyone see it on UK tv a few weeks back?It was nice to watch it again after not seeing it for a few years.
Title: Re: Psychomania
Post by: Kevin Coed on 15 Aug 2007 - 18:45
VIOLENT MIDNIGHT is a different film entirely, but is also worth a watch. Early sixties US film that sits halfway between the studio films of that era and the Lewis/Steckler type films.
Title: Re: Psychomania
Post by: Jonny on 15 Aug 2007 - 19:03
Anyone see it on UK tv a few weeks back?It was nice to watch it again after not seeing it for a few years.

I've got the Image DVD and really like the film a lot. It's a load of old Brit rubbish but very endearing and being a child that grew up in the 70's I love it for the nostalgia of seeing the surroundings I grew up in, especially love the Supermarket rampage! My Dad owned a chain of shops that looked just like that way back then!
Title: Re: Psychomania
Post by: Jonny on 15 Aug 2007 - 19:15
I've got the lyrics to 'Riding Free' here, just give me a few minutes to copy them out of my review that I wrote in 'Hidden Detail' #2 the fanzine I put out about 13 years ago! Do you remember that one Kev?  :D
Title: Re: Psychomania
Post by: Jonny on 15 Aug 2007 - 19:26
Riding Free (The song from Psychomania)

And the world never knew his name, but the chosen few knew of his fate, come join his company... Riding free.

He really got it on.
He rode that sweet machine just like a bomb.
He felt her in his soul,
But no one there could find him,
Feeling that they could not understand,
He took his life with his own hand.

And the world never knew his name, but the chosen few knew of his fate, come join his company... Riding free.

They tried to tie him down,
To make him place his two feet on the ground,
How could they treat him so,
To ride was more than living,
They tried to clip his wings just like a fly,
So instead of standing still he chose to die.

Through mean and dusty bend,
He leans her ever inward like a friend,
He rides her to the ground,
His heels the black earth jetting,
A haze of blue smoke fretting,
A holy sound of revving fills the sky,
You can see the ghostly rider passing by.

And the world never knew his name, but the chosen few knew of his fate, come join his company... Riding free.

And the world never knew his name, but the chosen few knew of his fate, come join his company... Riding free, riding fee, riding freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Title: Re: Psychomania
Post by: Kevin Coed on 15 Aug 2007 - 19:26
13 years ago I was pretty much out of the loop. Still went to a few of the fests and stuff but the 'almost raid' had taken the fun out of everything and I wasn't as immersed in the scene as I was in the late eighties/very early nineties.
Title: Re: Psychomania
Post by: Phill on 17 Aug 2007 - 20:50
Got to add my love of this film to the list, it cheers me up no end whenever I watch it. Sure it makes little or no sense but god damn it's a whole heap of fun! 5/5 for me  ::)
Title: Re: Psychomania
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 17 Aug 2007 - 20:58
Riding Free (The song from Psychomania)
Can you sing it for us Jonny then stick it on youtube! ::)
Title: Re: Psychomania/The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: WilsonBros on 20 Sep 2007 - 14:20
Anyone found out a release date for the R2 Cinema Club edition?

Kev W
Title: Re: Psychomania/The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: grantwal on 25 Sep 2007 - 21:03
Fuck I'd forgotten they bringing it out Kev. Just picked up a R1 in a slimline case bound to be a bootleg but I couldn't wait. I'll double dip if the CC release is any better though.
Title: Re: Psychomania/The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: WilsonBros on 27 Sep 2007 - 11:35
The original elements no longer exist, apparently.

As the Beeb now hold the UK rights to it, the Cinema Club copy will probably be struck from the master that they use for their TV broadcasts, which isn't too bad, but it certainly isn't up to the high standards that DVD demands.  It's also full-screen, too.  :-[

Kev W
Title: Re: Psychomania/The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Fearlono on 27 Sep 2007 - 13:08
I have the complete soundtrack on disc somewhere. If anyone's interested, let me know and I'll upload it.
Title: Re: Psychomania/The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Jonny on 27 Sep 2007 - 16:35
I have the complete soundtrack on disc somewhere. If anyone's interested, let me know and I'll upload it.

I'm interested sir!  :P
Title: Re: Psychomania/The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: fdsmedia on 27 Sep 2007 - 17:29
The soundtrack was released by Trunk Records - not the best quality but worth every penny! Check it out:

(http://www.trunkrecords.com/turntable/psychomania/psycho_cd_cover.jpg)

http://www.trunkrecords.com/turntable/psychomania.shtml
Title: Re: Psychomania/The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Jonny on 27 Sep 2007 - 17:49
The soundtrack was released by Trunk Records

I was once mistaken for Johnny Trunk by a lady who buys CDs for a London record shop. She ordered 15 copies of my 'Squadra Gialli' mix CD thinking I was Mr Trunk. It was only after I'd sent off the CDs and she had them on the shelves that Mr Trunk went into the shop and she commented on his new CD only for him to tell her it was a different Johnny!  ::)

She still ordered 10 more though!  :P
Title: Re: Psychomania/The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 27 Sep 2007 - 18:42
Jonny Trunk is great,seen him a few times on telly.He was on once talking about his comp album of flexi disc porno sounds from the 70's ::)
I had the Wickerman s/t lp when it first came out on Trunk but sold it in times of need,wish i'd held on to it now.
Title: Re: Psychomania/The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Fearlono on 27 Sep 2007 - 19:25
Files are here: http://rapidshare.com/files/58688685/John_Cameron_-_Psychomania.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/58688685/John_Cameron_-_Psychomania.rar)
Title: Re: Psychomania/The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 27 Sep 2007 - 20:01

I was once mistaken for Johnny Trunk by a lady who buys CDs for a London record shop.
Which shop was this mate?Would've been great to see a copy on sale :P
Title: Re: Psychomania/The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Jonny on 27 Sep 2007 - 20:21
Which shop was this mate?Would've been great to see a copy on sale :P


Sounds of The Universe...

It's out of stock at the moment!  ;D

Squadra Gialli @ Sounds of The Universe (http://www.soundsoftheuniverse.com/releases/?id=8495)

You can preview tracks on that site though!
Title: Re: Psychomania/The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 27 Sep 2007 - 20:24
The Soho shop,nice one.
Title: Re: Psychomania/The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Jonny on 27 Sep 2007 - 20:34
Files are here: [url]http://rapidshare.com/files/58688685/John_Cameron_-_Psychomania.rar[/url] ([url]http://rapidshare.com/files/58688685/John_Cameron_-_Psychomania.rar[/url])


Nice one mate! We need too meet up before the baby is born!  ;)

For anyone who has no idea what I'm on about... Fearlono is a very good friend of mine, we've known each other for over a 15 years and him and his missus are going to have a baby at Christmas time. It might be the next Jesus by all accounts.
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Jonny on 07 Jul 2010 - 18:30
Lovely new re-mastered DVD coming in October!!

(http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/7028/psychomaniadvdnews2.jpg)

More info... (http://www.lovelockandload.net/forum/index.php?topic=1001.msg59924#msg59924)
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Jonny on 08 Jul 2010 - 10:24
Check out this bit of art I just found...

(http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/1643/maniax.jpg)

Is that Stallone under that helmet?  :-\
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 08 Jul 2010 - 10:28
Is that Stallone under that helmet?  :-\
Crime is a disease. :-\
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: fdsmedia on 08 Jul 2010 - 10:31
I already have the Geneon disc which I think is a port of the Image disc, but I will definitely upgrade!
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Jonny on 08 Jul 2010 - 10:32
I already have the Geneon disc which I think is a port of the Image disc, but I will definitely upgrade!

Yeah, I've got the Image disc and will definitely be upgrading. Really looking forward to the interviews.
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Jonny on 29 Jul 2010 - 18:57
It's coming out on Blu-ray too!  :P

Specs...

"And the following are the final specs for Psychomania DVD and Blu-Ray:

- New HD transfer from dupe negative, the only known 35mm film element in the world.
- Return of the Living Dead featurette (20 mins approx): Interviews with stars Nicky Henson, Mary Larkin,   Denis Gilmore, Roy Holder and Rocky Taylor
- Sounds of Psychomania (9 mins approx): Interview with Soundtrack composer John Cameron
- Riding Free (6 mins approx): Interview with Riding Free singer Harvey Andrews
- Introduction by Fangoria Editor in Chief Chris Alexander (5 mins)
- Original Theatrical Trailer"

http://vimeo.com/13151322

Source - Severin Blog (http://www.severin-films.com/2010/07/28/psychomania-and-crucible-of-terror-specs-and-release-info/)
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 29 Jul 2010 - 18:59
Do you think I will like this?
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Jonny on 29 Jul 2010 - 19:04
Do you think I will like this?


What do you think after seeing this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1-tDvENdkE
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: beebon on 05 Sep 2010 - 16:10
I absolutely LOVE Psychomania, it is a truely unique piece of film history in that there is nothing else quite like it!

I'm definitely getting a copy of the re-release! :D
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: bdc on 05 Sep 2010 - 17:22
Seems it's no longer coming to blu?  :-[
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Jonny on 05 Sep 2010 - 17:49
Seems it's no longer coming to blu?  :-[

To be fair on Severin they did have the best intentions at heart but found the source materials to be only worthy of an SD transfer.

At least they admitted it and didn't put out a crap disc.
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: bdc on 05 Sep 2010 - 18:04
I know,the materials weren't good enough for a blu release.
Still going to buy the dvd though.  :D
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: romantico on 06 Sep 2010 - 15:44
I like anne michelle , What about virgin witch ?
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Diabolik on 08 Sep 2010 - 09:40
Danish ex-rental
(http://www.diabolik.dk/llol/DanishCovers/SEVC9DeVildeEngleGaarIgen.jpg)
In english, danish subs., FS
/D
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: ecc on 02 Oct 2010 - 02:59
Got my review copy today.
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Jonny on 06 Oct 2010 - 13:30
Eric's review is now on the main site...

Psychomania - Severin DVD review (http://www.lovelockandload.net/forum/index.php?page=107)
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 06 Oct 2010 - 14:38
Hopefully it's a good review, my Image DVD sold this morning on Amazon for £21! I'd put it up there when Severin announced the DVD and forgot all about it!
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Paul on 06 Oct 2010 - 14:53
Hopefully it's a good review, my Image DVD sold this morning on Amazon for £21! I'd put it up there when Severin announced the DVD and forgot all about it!

Don't go telling some of the guys from Cult Movie Forums, you'll get lynched for being a capitalist on there for that.
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 06 Oct 2010 - 15:49
Don't go telling some of the guys from Cult Movie Forums, you'll get lynched for being a capitalist on there for that.

Fuck them.
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: MarcMorris on 06 Oct 2010 - 16:12
Charming!
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 06 Oct 2010 - 16:23
I thought it was quite mild.
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Jonny on 26 Apr 2012 - 11:58
Eric's review now moved over to the blog (http://www.lovelockandload.net/blog/wordpress/?p=185)
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: the blob on 30 Apr 2016 - 19:24
Blu-Ray coming from the BFI it looks like. Brilliant!
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 01 May 2016 - 11:07
I've still not seen this. Will have to remedy that at some point.
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Russell22 on 04 May 2016 - 15:09
Be interesting to see how good BFI's restoration is of this considering the original neg is lost. I'm sure they'll do as good a job as they can given their excellent track record  ::)
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 02 Jun 2016 - 18:39
(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/Blu%20Ray/13339545_10154136164666211_1102913501607423683_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 25 Sep 2016 - 17:10
It arrived today and I just watched it, found it really enjoyable.
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Jonny on 26 Sep 2016 - 18:55
Mine arrived over the weekend too, have yet to watch it though though.
Title: Re: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (Don Sharp, 1971)
Post by: Longsden on 18 Oct 2016 - 14:27
Pretty sure there are some day/night errors in the restoration. Overall it's not bad and definitely good to have on blu ray even if at times it feels marginally better than what I've seen previously.