Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 3rd, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1987
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
DVD released: April 28th, 2009
Approximate running time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Media Blasters/Shriek Show
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Psychos in Love was directed by Gorman Bechard, who co-wrote the screenplay with Carmine Capobianco who also composed the films score and 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 Psycho’s in Love is fun film that takes familiar themes and turns them on their head.
Psychos in Love, is presented in its original 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. Outside of a thin layer of noticeable grain, colors, flesh tones and black levels fare well throughout. There are also some black & white sequences and black levels and contrast while not as good as the color sequences it is in good shape overall.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clear, evenly balanced and there are no problems with background noise.
Extras for this release include the film’s original trailer (1 minute 43 seconds), Wizard Video’s alternate opening sequence (1 minute 12 seconds), Psychos in Love: The Stage Play (13 minutes 45 seconds), Extended Scenes (9 minutes 55 seconds) and an extensive collection of publicity, box cover art and on set stills. Other extras include a featurette titled “Making of Psycho’s in Love” (13 minutes 1 second). This vintage featurette includes comments from Carmine Capobianco, Gorman Bechard, Debi Thibeault, Frank Stewart, Jan Radder, Chad Smith, Kathy Milani, Matt Brooks and Cecelia Wilde. The interviews were shot while the film was being made on set. Also there are clips from the film that if anything they show you how amazing the transfer for this DVD release is, when compared to these clips in the featurette. There is a section of extras for this release titled “More from Gorman Bechard”, which contains three short films “Bartholemew the Strangler” (6 minutes 33 seconds), “The Only Take” (2 minutes 35 seconds) and “Objects in the Mirror are Further than they Appear” (14 minutes 59 seconds). Also included in this section are trailers for “You Are Alone” (3 minutes 7 seconds) and “Friends (With Benefits)” (1 minute 56 seconds) and a promo clip for a book titled “Unwound” (1 minute 59 seconds). The main extras included with this release are two audio commentaries. The first audio commentary is with director Gorman Bechard and the second audio commentary is with Gorman Bechard and actor Carmine Capobianco. Both audio commentaries are very good as the one Gorman Bechard leans more towards technical / behind the scenes and his problems with a certain independent producer. He also discusses at length how important it is to get complete control over the final cut of the film (something which he had with Psychos in Love). The second audio commentary with Gorman Bechard and Carmine Capobianco is a more lighthearted affair that also comes with many wonderful behind the scenes stories. Also included with this release are trailers for other titles also available from Shriek Show. Overall Psychos in Love gets a definitive DVD release from Media Blasters, highly recommended.