"This girl had a scent about her. A scent of death."
Crazy random smutty daft. All of this rolls up one in this creaky oddball bargain-basement Canadian comedy horror shocker. It's a hard one to grasp, as sometimes you're not quite sure if this is suppose to be a comedy due to its over-the-top nature. Be it, it does have some witty remarks and tongue-in-cheek comic inclusions. But the problem here is that some sequences can be somewhat of a chore to sit through. Especially the long-winded dinner scene (the usual chat about psychology and the condition of the human brain) and drawn-out acts between the torture sequences.
The plot is just as makeshift as its production. A women who was committed for the horrific crime of her parents over two decades ago escapes from a mental hospital along with two other runaways to hunt down her sister. In what seems like revenge for keeping her committed, as she is her guardian. There she finds her sister working as a cook for a well-off, cynical pulp writer.
For me to go on would be only spoiling the story, but when she finds her sister. Then everything kind of goes pear shape. Making such little sense. Don't try to understand. As then it comes to its torture ceremony and this is where the story loses shape and becomes utter, unhinged hysteria. The director throws around cheap thrills, spotty decors and tacky blood splatter (although sometimes things do happen off-screen), only to heighten the nightmarish atmosphere and threatening anxiety the further along it transcends. The script is low brow, but there are some amusingly smarting remarks (John Haslett Cuff's writer character) and the human mind discussion (curing a diseased mind) feels like it's there to justify its twisted ending. The acting is on the raw side, but Darlene Mignacco's morbidly mania performance is downright uneasy especially in appearance.
A wickedly trashy low-rent psychotic horror comedy.
"You simply turned me into you".
Reviewed by BA_Harrison2 / 10
Occasionally gory but extremely boring.
I watched what I believe to be the MGM video version of Psycho Girls, with additional scenes of violence spliced in from an Italian language source. The inclusion of the gory moments made this otherwise atrocious movie marginally more bearable, but the dull plot and several bizarre drawn-out scenes still had me dozing off at regular intervals.
The film concerns a young girl, Sarah Tusk (Darlene Mignacco), who is sent to an asylum after lacing her parents' breakfast with rat poison. Years later, the nutty woman escapes, and, with the help of a few other fellow lunatics, sets out to capture and kill anyone who has upset her. This slim plot allows for some reasonably mean-spirited proto-'torture porn', as the crazies mutilate, electrocute and shoot their victims, but the bulk of the film is so mind-bogglingly strange in execution that one spends more time wondering what the hell is happening and why than recoiling in horror.
The story is narrated by a Raymond Chandler-esque crime novelist and comes complete with typewriter interstitials; there is an amazingly offbeat dinner party scene in which the characters have a long and boring philosophical discussion; and we get a very weird moment where the psychos take a rest from torturing their prisoners to perform dialogue from their favourite classic movies. Sarah adds to the eccentricity by taking make-up tips from Frank N. Furter and acting totally cuckoo. All of this unorthodox behaviour proves irritating in the extreme.
The 'good stuff' includes a man having his faced slashed with a razor and his ear cut off (could QT be a fan?), a woman stripped and placed in a bath of water where she is given a few hundred volts, and someone having their toenails extracted, plus a 'twist' finalé which involves bloody meat-cleaver action. All of this might be fairly harrowing if it wasn't for the abject strangeness (I hesitate to call it comedy, even though IMDb classes it as such).
1.5/10, generously rounded up to 2 for the really sweaty sex scene.
Reviewed by Cinema_Love10 / 10
That's a funny movie!
For a B movie, this one worth the money. It is not a big blockbuster movie with a good quality of image & sound but for what it worth, it's great. Also you have T&A plus a bit of entertaining. When you're in for a movie with no real plot and questioned yourself about this movie the day after, it's THE movie you must watch. The directing did a decent job specially with the torture scenes, i almost spit my nachos on my TV screen. Not that it's gory because it's not gory too much and the blood look absolutely and obviously fake, but some scenes of tortures are graphic and hard to watch if you know people who live that. I don't know which note I rate this movie because on a entertaining scale, this movie is at least a 8 and on a storyline scale... 2 or 3, so 5 out of 10 is honest to me!