Title: Psycho Sleepover

Also known as:
N/A

Year: 2008

Genre: Comedy / Horror / Independent

Language: English

Runtime: 84 min

Director: Adam Deyoe & Eric Gosselin

Writer: Adam Deyoe, Eric Gosselin & Kurt Kroeber

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1297456/

Plot:
Murder surrounds the young Debbie Dicky, with both her boyfriend and father being killers. Now that she's finally free from murder in her life, a few girls from school ask her to come to their sleepover. But little do they know that during that same night every psycho in a mental institution escapes and will be joining them.

Our thoughts:
When I received this film I was scared it would be as boring as "Killer Yacht Party" was, but luckily this one decided to be completely ridiculous on purpose. I certainly appreciate that aspect of it, but at the same time it's just "another silly indie horror" that goes a bit too far with it and becomes annoyingly silly, much like "The Taint" and "Isle of the Damned". But it never gets quite as bad. Phew.

The story is actually pretty fun - girls at a sleepover while an entire insane asylum escaping, and they're all going there. Why? Because our lead, Debbie Dicky, met a man earlier that day and he happened to work at the asylum, so when her friends call to get him to come over he was at work. While leaving one of the psychos manage to grab the door before it closes. So now they are all going where he is going - to the sleepover. It's a fun idea to play with. It gives a lot of freedom to make several iconic killers and great kills.

What this movie forgets though, is to actually make the killers interesting. They just slap whatever onto them - one was dressed as a doctor, one was Santa, one with a cat face, but most of them were just dressed in whatever (probably to hide that many actors did several parts.. or so I think). It lacked that extra touch that I know most people would want in it, to keep it from being so bland. The killers are just as weak - pretty much no wounds, just blood. If you just saw a person get his throat slit, in the next scene you will clearly see that he has no wound under the blood. A silly movie like this will get away with it, but try a bit harder next time, okay? Fellow Troma films like "Redneck Zombies", "Decampitated" and "Cannibal! The Musical" are all very silly movies but at least they tried. And they succeeded in making some of the best movies that mix horror and comedy. There's a certain difference when it feels like a movie is in it's own universe and only focusing on itself, rather than trying too hard to be what Troma films "should be".

There are plenty of jokes in the movie that did work. I did find myself laughing here and there. But when there are jokes spat out by the second, you will need to laugh at the majority to call the movie successful. This one fails for the most part, but has its moments. I liked the lead girl and the short haired blonde, they felt like the most complete characters and you weren't too annoyed following them. There are times where the movie tried twisting things a bit too much, and it just fell short.

You should check out "Psycho Sleepover" if you are in your early teens and just found Troma, but I don't think this is a winner for older Troma fans. A bit of a statement, innit? I don't care, that what I think. I might be grumpy about it, considering it just wants to be stupid for the sake of stupid, but I will review it under the same conditions as every movie and I don't feel like this one did what it should've. I get the feeling that this movie was made especially to try and reach into the Troma world, like their goal was to make a movie Troma would want. And seems like they managed to do that, right? But it's not what this Troma fans wants. But at least it's not "Killer Yacht Party"!


Positive things:
- Some funny moments.
- You don't take it seriously.
- The idea of a whole bunch of psychos.
Negative things:
- It's just too stupid without managing to pull it off well.
- Should've focused a bit more on the look of the psychos and their kills.

Rating:
Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 1/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 1/5
Comedy: 2/5

We got this movie from:
CAVD.com

It can be bought from:
Troma.com

Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

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