Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 9th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2009
Director: Krist Rufty
Writer: Krist Rufty
Cast:Trent Haaga, Raine Brown, Billy Garberina, Vanelle, Don Prentiss
DVD released: June 21st, 2011
Approximate running time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78.1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Independent Entertainment / Pop Cinema
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Plot wise the film retreads ground covered in countless other horror films. The arch of the narrative is not much more than your standard by the numbers body count film. And while there is an air a familiarity to the story at hand. The one area in which film does set itself apart from other films of its ilk. Is in its level of ferocity in its kills scenes, which go for the jugular and then some. With one of this film’s most gruesome moments being a scene in which a character is sodomized by a killer wearing a saw as a penis.
Shot on an anemic budget in just six days. The special effects are crudely designed and the visuals have a rough and ready feel to the look of the film. Budgetary issues aside this film does a very good job maximizing what is has to work with.
Other areas of the production where things don’t gel as well include the opening acts lethargic pacing. Sure once the killing start things do pick up a ever so slightly. And the lack of sympathetic characters in another one of this film’s major flaws. You know that you are in for a long ride when the killers’ exude more sympathy then those they are knocking off.
Performance wise the cast are at best adequate in their respective roles. With the only performances that leave any lasting impression being that of the three killers’, especially Trent Haaga (Terror Firmer) in the role of Buddy the ring leader of a band of disenchanted soldiers that have gone off the deep end. Ultimately Psycho Holocaust is a grueling journey that even the most diehard gore hounds will find it a chore to sit through.
Psycho Holocaust is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s originals aspect ratio. There is a disclaimer before the film explaining that the source used for this transfer is not in the greatest shape. The image generally lack details, black levels tend to look weak and colors tend to fluctuate. Also it should be noted that there is some mild instances of combing.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. And the audio does not fare much better than the transfer. The audio is inconsistent as dialog and sound levels in general fluctuate throughout. At least back ground noise is never to excessive.
Extras for this release include 8 minutes of outtakes, a fifteen minute segment with actor Billy Garberina as he lays in bed recuperating from the grueling shoot, a fifteen minute segment that gives a glimpse into the special FX that appeared in this film, two interview segments, the first one titled ‘Making Cheesy Movies in Wisconsin’ (27 minutes 38 seconds) and the second one tilted ‘On Set Interviews’ (30 minutes 36 seconds) and a informative feature length audio commentary with writer / director Krist Rufty. Also included with this release are trailers for Defiled, Diary of a Sex Offender, Faces of Schlock and Red River. Overall Psycho Holocaust gets a serviceable audio / video presentation from Independent Entertainment.