Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 16th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1986
Director: Gorman Bechard
Writers: Gorman Bechard, Carmine Capobianco
Cast: Carmine Capobianco, Patti Chambers, Carla Bragoli, Carrie Gordon, Angela Nicholas, Debi Thibeault, Cecelia Wilde, Robert Suttile, Lum Chang Pang, Danny Noyes, Herb Klinger, Wally Gribauskas, Peach Gribauskas, Ed Powers, Frank Christopher, Professor Morono, Shawn Light, Scott Sears, LeeAnne Baker, Frank Stewart, Linda Strouth, Eric Lutes, Donna Davidge, Mike Brady, Ruth Collins, Jerry Rakow, Irma St. Paule, Tressa Zannino, ‘Big’ Marty, Michael Citriniti, Kate McCamy, Loren Freeman, Jan Radder, Matt Brooks, Kathy Milani, Shaun Cashman, Joe Murphy, Barry Clark
BluRay released: September 26th, 2017
Approximate running time: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $32.98
Psychos in Love was directed by Gorman Bechard, who co-wrote the screenplay with Carmine Capobianco, who also composed the films score and he also appears in the film as one of the lead characters. Gorman Bechard would collaborate with Carmine Capobianco on three other films, Disconnected, Galactic Gigolo and Cemetery High.
Even though there is plenty blood and carnage in Psychos in Love, it serves more as window dressing for what is really a story about finding ones soul mate. The disjointed nature of the plot and a sub plot about a killer plumber, who eats his victims are this film’s two biggest flaws. The scenes where Joe and Kate (the two psycho’s who fall in love) are bonding are what drives this film.
Despite being shot on a modest budget the film has a tremendous amount of style. Two scenes that best exhibit this are a proxy re-creation of the shower scene murder from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and a scene where Joe and Kate have trouble killing a hooker who appears to have nine lives.
Another one of Psychos in Love strength’s is the mesmerizing performances from its two leads Carmine Capobianco and Debi Thibeault (who in the film has an uncanny resemblance to Molly Ringwald). Also you got to love the dialog especially, when Joe goes on one of his rants about hating grapes. Ultimately Psychos in Love is fun film that takes familiar themes and turns them on their head.
Psychos in Love comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. This release has been flagged for progressive playback and the film is presented in its intended 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The transfer for this release was scanned and restored in 2k from the 16mm original camera negative. And the end result is by far and away the best this film has ever looked on home video.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. There are no issues with distortion or background noise, dialog comes through clearly, everything sounds balanced and robust when it needs too.
Extras for this release include, an introduction with co-screenwriter director Gorman Bechard and co-screenwriter / actor Carmine Capobianco (32 seconds), a behind the scenes photo gallery, a promotional image gallery, a trailer for the film (1 minute 44 seconds), alternate opening credit sequence (1 minute 12 seconds), rough edit outtakes and extended scenes (9 minutes 55 seconds), an archival “Making of” featurette titled Making Psychos (13 minutes 1 second), highlights from the Psychos in Love stage play (13 minutes 45 seconds), Carmine Capobianco Q & A from Cinema Wasteland 2016 (49 minutes 18 seconds), an interview with Gorman Bechard titled Directing the Psychos (11 minutes 11 seconds), an interview with Carmine Capobianco titled Playing a Psycho (15 minutes 26 seconds), a conversation with Gorman Bechard and Carmine Capobianco titled Discussing Psychos (20 minutes 6 seconds) and two audio commentaries – the first audio commentary is with Gorman Bechard and Carmine Capobianco and the second audio commentary is with Gorman Bechard.
Topics discussed in the extras include, the origins of the film, the screenplay, background information about the cast, locations, cinema inspirations, onset memories, the score, critical / audience reaction to the film and their thoughts about the film.
Other extras include four short film directed by Gorman Bechard, The Only Take (2 minutes 32 seconds), Pairs (32 seconds), Bartholemew the Strangler (6 minutes 33 seconds) and Objects in the Mirror Are Further Than They Appear (14 minutes 59 seconds).
Rounding out the extras is a slip cover, a reversible cover art and a twelve-page booklet with an essay titled In Love with Psycho’s in Love written by Art Ettinger and an essay titled Pardon Me While I Have A Strange Interlude written by Matt Desiderio. Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall Psychos in Love gets a definitive release from Vinegar Syndrome, highly recommended.
Note: The first 2,000 copies sold through VinegarSyndrome.com will include a double-thick ‘stickered cover’ limited edition slipcover designed by Derek Gabryszak.