Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Psychotronic Man (1980)

aka Revenge of the Psychotronic Man

How bad is it? Dull and weird, but mostly dull.
Should you see it? I think not.

This film was the origin of the name of Michael Weldon's magazine, books and so on. A barber with a drinking problem drinks some of his hair tonic and discovers that he gets headaches (he grabs his hair and makes faces) that give him the power to kill. Filmed without permits in Chicago, this has a gunfight that must've been more interesting to shoot than watch and the world's slowest and safest car chase on Lower Wacker - where the Blues Brothers would soon have a famous chase scene. There's a few sound effects that get repeated throughout the film and it's hard to identify their purpose - perhaps foreshadowing an attack. The film never decides on what its mood should be, so it just flounders.

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