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Psychomania (1971)




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An annoying devil-worshipping British biker gang calling themselves "The Living Dead" decide to take their moniker to heart when their leader commits suicide and is brought back from the dead in an occult ritual, thanks to a Satanic pact. Realizing that becoming zombies could be even more fun than the usual day-to-day hell-raising, most of the gang follow suit -- throwing themselves off buildings, into traffic, walls, etc. Without the annoyance of death to contend with, the Living Dead become even more obnoxious than usual, leading to a pat solution from their leader's peeved mother (Beryl Reid). Outrageously dated and featuring loads of unintentional laughs, this is still the finest movie ever made about British zombie biker gangs and features the stately Reid turning into a giant frog. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi


Roy Holder
as Bertram
Robert Hardy
as Chief Inspector Hesseltine
Patrick Holt
as Sergeant
Beryl Reid
as Mrs. Latham
Linda Gray
as Grandmother
Andrew Laurence
as Grandfather
Roy Evans
as Motorist
Bill Pertwee
as Publican
Denis Carey
as Coroner's Assistant
Lane Meddick
as Mr. Pettibone
June Brown
as Mrs. Pettibone
Ernest Jennings
as Blind Man
Heather Wright
as Girl with Parcels
Penny Leatherbarrow
as Woman in Police Station
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Critic Reviews for Psychomania

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Psychomania... is a collision of mythology and modernism, in which the spirit of rebellious anarchy is both celebrated and ultimately, eerily punished.

September 27, 2016 | Full Review…

A sleazy cult classic.

July 2, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

From its first dreamy frames, with its gang of leather clad, skull faced bikers poured into black leather, cinema history has never seen the likes of a picture quite as unapologetically mental as PSYCHOMANIA.

October 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Hammer films veteran Don Sharp is saddled with a silly script and an odd fit... and can't decide whether to play the goofy script straight or for gallows humor.

November 4, 2010 | Full Review…

The oddball biker/zombie flick caught my fancy even if it hardly made sense.

December 2, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Psychomania


For a film about zombie bikers, this is surprisingly well-made. Solid acting and direction, plus a good acid-rock score. A most satisfying climax, too. This was far less campy than I expected.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

This was actually better than it had any right to be, despite its flaws. It's a rather hoaky British horror affair that could stand in line with Amicus and Hammer, style-wise. Very enjoyable if you're in the right frame of mind, it made me laugh out loud at times with its use of black humour and ridiculous storyline. There are also some great sequences in the movie that give it a creepy edge. If you can track down a copy of this, please do, as it is an undervalued and pretty much forgotten piece of British cinema that somehow made its way to the states in the early 70's.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

This is one peculiar sucker. Even if you're not enjoying the film you have to keep watching simply because it's an odd cookie. But why you wouldn't be enjoying it is beyond me. It's pretty fast paced, allowing the plot to get ahead of itself and letting you catch up and it keeps chugging, but you won't be bored. It's low on violence and gore but it's high on fun (god that's corny) as it's simply enjoyable to watch the biker gang be hooligans along with the simple but effective score, that's one of the coolest I've heard. It definitely has that 70s British B-Movie feel, which isn't bad at all, as long as you're into that. It needs a better name though, but this one is kind of cheesily attractive. Anyway, it's a classic B biker with a supernatural plot, so I'd really like to know what's not to like.

Patrick Dolan
Patrick Dolan

Super Reviewer

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