Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 14th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2008
Directors: Adam Deyoe, Eric Gosselin
Writers: Kurt Kroeber, Eric Gosselin, Frankie Frain, Adam Deyoe
Cast: Emilia Richeson, Ariel Teal Toombs, Frankie Frain, Ryan Martin, Todd Pritchett, Thomas Adrian Villalobos, Jim Martin, Kurt Kroeber, Adam Malamut, Thomas Sigsby, Paul Rust
DVD Released: December 13th, 2011
Approximate Running Time: 78 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Troma Team Video
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
Let’s face it, there really are not that many avenues that have yet to be explored in the Horror films genre. And while some of this genres appeal lies in its tried and true formula’s. It is the things that one would not normal expect to see, when watching Horror films that gives the more revered Horror films their longevity. Unfortunately far too many films are just content to take the easy way out and play to the lowest common denominator.
The narrative for Psycho Sleepover is a routine as you are bound to come across for a Horror film. The kill scenes are sufficiently gory, even if they do look a little crudely designed at times. From a pacing stand point there are no major issues and at just under eighty minutes things are concise enough that there is very little fat that could be trimmed from this films narrative.
When discussing performances in independent film productions, I always find that this is the most difficult area to gauge, since many of the performances in these type of films tend to be from actors with little experience. And while the performances in this film are far from being text book examples, when compared performances from some of the more well known Horror films. Fortunately this does not take away from the story at hand, since the performances are played for laughs and there are many instances in which these performances are so far over the top, that it is near impossible to not embrace the insanity unfolding on screen.
Overall though this is not the type of film that the average Horror film fan is going to embrace, while those who are into the type of cinema that Troma is known for will get more mileage out of this film.
Troma presents Psycho Sleepover in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. Details look crisp, colors and flesh tones look accurate. There are no issues with compression and the image remains stable throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clear and balanced throughout. Though range wise this mix tends to be limited, music and effects are well represented throughout.
Extras for this release include a photo gallery, a trailer for the film (2 minutes 10 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), outtakes (5 minutes 48 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), deleted scenes (5 minutes 21 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), two behind the scenes segments, part one (9 minutes 20 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and part two (6 minutes 3 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and a audio commentary with co-screenwriter / co-director Adam Deyoe, actor Ryan Martin, co-screenwriter Kurt Kroeber and co-screenwriter / co-director Eric Gosselin. This is well rounded, at times humorous and lively discussion that covers the various areas this production. Also included with this release are trailers for other titles also available from Troma and wide assortment of other Tromatic extras. Overall Psycho Sleepover gets a strong DVD release from Troma.