Title: Psyclops

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Year: 2002

Genre: Horror / Comedy / Sci-Fi

Language: English

Runtime: 93 min

Director: Brett Piper

Writer: Brett Piper

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374975/

Shep takes upon himself to film every second of his life for a year to create the ultimate video project. When he looks through old tapes he is gonna tape over that he got from a friend, he finds a mysterious tape labeled "Experimental". This tape shows what appears to be the documentation of a scientist who created the first film. But the tape also shows why no one knows about it. Shep and his friends decide to look into this, and finds a living relative to the scientist.

Our thoughts:
My third venture into the world of Brett Piper lands somewhere in the middle of his filmography timeline, and it doesn't offer the complete ridiculousness and crappiness of "A Nymphoid Barbarian In Dinosaur Hell", nor does it manage to reach the excellent campiness and entertainment of "Muckman". But "Psyclops" is definitely not a waste of time.

The intro for "Psyclops" is simply fantastic. It shows old, old footage of a man who claims to have invented film, and he's standing next to a large machine. After a while, large bug appear and attack him. This footage is the same footage that our lead man, Shep, finds when he digs through old tapes he got from a guy he knows. Shep is making a documentary about his life, and is going to film every second of an entire year. So needless to say, he needs a lot of tapes. This one tape is labeled "Experimental" and he's intrigued by that, so he decides to check it out with his friends. Once they've watched it Shep's fascinated. Who is this man? They go to the library to look up this man, and it turns out that he actually existed. But how could he invent film a lot earlier than history states and not be famous for it?

It takes a long time for the movie to become the horror movie you expect it to be, as it focuses a lot on our characters to begin with. And actually, this part of the film was my favorite, because it was just silly fun. The stupidity and somewhat randomness worked well at first. Once it turns into a horror movie it lost me a bit, I felt it never really knew what it wanted to be. It had those weird, large insects that crawled into the brain of our lead man, and for some reason an explosion before that connected his camera to his face. Now he's a cyborg of sorts, I suppose? Well, it doesn't stop there. These insects crawl into the minds of the dead in a graveyard too, and zombies start to rise. Once these are killed, which is soon after, there are no more zombies in the movie.

So does the movie want to be about our movie geek "cyborg" killing people, about monster insects, or about zombies? I don't know. I just know that Shep is weak and tame as a bad guy, because we spent so much time laughing at him being a silly movie geek that when he transforms and still cracks jokes, it's just not scary. And I honestly don't know if it was intended to be?

If you want to watch a film like this that does it perfectly, then go for "From Beyond". If you want a strange, uneven, sci-fi comedy with some alright ideas mashed into it, then sure, give "Psyclops" a shot. I love Brett Piper's animations and creatures, and I love that he wasn't safraid to include stuff like zombies in this one, even though the execution was flawed. The film features too much too little, if that makes sense? A lot of stuff going on, a lot of ideas, but each idea gets too little screentime for it to actually work. But I had an alright time with "Psyclops" and I'm sure there is a crowd for it out there.

Positive things:
- Loved the insects!
- I enjoyed the look of the zombies!
- Shep might be ridiculous and stupid, but I enjoyed him.
Negative things:
- It's no "From Beyond".
- Doesn't seem to know what it wants to be once it goes into horror territory.

Gore: 1.5/5
Nudity: 1.5/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 2.5/5

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