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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...

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Re: Psychomania
« Reply #1 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. :)
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« Reply #2 on: 15 Aug 2007 - 14:10 »

...and ripped off by Motorhead in their Killed By Death promo.

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« Reply #3 on: 15 Aug 2007 - 14:15 »

Anyone got one of these?

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« Reply #4 on: 15 Aug 2007 - 17:03 »

Anyone got one of these?




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!  ???
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« Reply #5 on: 15 Aug 2007 - 17:34 »

That answers my question for me then. Think I'll give it a miss.
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« Reply #6 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!  :)
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« Reply #7 on: 15 Aug 2007 - 18:09 »

I'm sure you could do a better job of it....
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« Reply #8 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.
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« Reply #9 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.
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« Reply #10 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.
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« Reply #11 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.
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« Reply #12 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!
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« Reply #13 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
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« Reply #14 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
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