This is a tale of misguided youth led by an over-privileged and under-disciplined young lad by the name of Tom. Tom is a complete dick, not unlike Carl. Tom (Nicky Henson; Witchfinder General) likes to ride his motorcycle with his mates in his gang called The Living Dead. See the gang ride around and be a nuisance to those around them… they disrupt traffic, push people over, grab the asses of young ladies, thumb their collective noses at authority figures and generally cause chaos in their rebellious wake! When young Tom coerces (read: whines enough about) the secret behind his father’s mysterious death from his aged psychic mother he also learns the secret of returning from the dead. Being the smarmy young bloke that he is he sets out to try it straight away. When Tom returns from the grave a cockier nitwit (only now invulnerable), the rest of the lot set out to try their luck. Who will stop this gang of undead murderous thugs? And what is the secret behind the butler with the silly frog ring?
The film is peppered with some very amusing quotes as well as some gallows humor (example: when a police officer asks one of The Living Dead to come down from his flat some 15 stories up, the lad replies with “I’ll be right down” and jumps to his death) that makes the vapid plot a lot more interesting to take. There’s really not much violence, gore or nudity at all – in fact I don’t even recall any profanity – and almost all of the killing occurs off screen with the viewer being lead back to the scene only to find a bloodless aftermath of bodies remaining. That being said, Psychomania makes up for it with its enticing atmosphere and off-kilter action sequences (slow motion motorcycles wind ominously through an old graveyard, impudent biker teens invade the police station/jailhouse and proceed to tear through it on their motorcycles only after after turning themselves in… you get the picture). Indeed one could surmise that at its root Psychomania is a sort wake up call against an unruly generation of snot-nosed youth in dire need of disciplinary action that is probably more relevant today than it was in 1972.
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