Psycho Street (2011)
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PSYCHO STREET is a horror anthology I’ve been waiting to see for a long time now. This film is the culmination of a lot of very talented indie horror folk. Some of the names involved are Marv Blauvelt, Anthony Sumner, Anything Horror fav Alan Rowe Kelly, Tiffany Shepis, Jerry Murdock, Jeremiah Kipp, and a gaggle of other talented folks. Better yet, PSYCHO STREET delivers on the gore, comedy, creepiness, and straight up weirdness that is promised in the title. The wrap around story, “Come on Down,” serves as the perfect canvas on which the other stories are presented, which all take place in the odd little town of Kronanburg (very appropriately named).
Genre favorite Tiffany Shepis stars as Leyla Barker, the mother or sister (she claims both titles which is creepy in it’s own right) of some kind of hideous and hungry creature in the basement. Leyla’s main job is to keep the beast satisfied by feeding its’ voracious hunger. As “Come on Down” begins we find sexy Shepis banging the mailman who leaves to investigate some kind of noise in the basement. Bye bye mailman!! Soon after, the new neighbors stop by and one by one fall victim to Leyla’s warm hospitality. As Leyla charms the new neighbor, she regales her with various stories she’s heard from around town.
The first story she tells, “Hypochondriac,” is the story of a big city doctor, Dr. Oliver Combs (Marv Blauvelt) who comes to the rural town of Kronanburg to take over the town’s medical clinic. Dr. Combs has a germ phobia and thinks he’s seen it all in the big city but quickly realizes that life out in the country can be very … well … very disgusting. His assistant, Nurse Amber Love Joy (Raine Brown) is an oversexed, under-achieving side kick who doesn’t think twice about giving out her phone number to any swinging dick with a pulse. But Combs really meets his match with one particular patient, Charity Betencourt (the always great Alan Rowe Kelly). Old Ms. Betencourt is a hypochondriac who acts as her own self-fulfilling prophesy (you’ll understand this when you see it). She’s quick to diagnose herself as well as cut out/off the cause of her supposed illness. Kelly puts in another of her great performances and really has fun with this part. Kelly never makes Ms. Betencourt a silly caricature and has a really nice balance of a crazy old broad who is just sane enough to be really dangerous.
Blauvelt also puts in a terrific performance with his portrayal of Dr. Combs. Anal and meticulous, Dr. Combs is a 100% straight shooter who’s all business and can’t squirt his hand sanitizer around fast enough!! Blauvelt is really fun in this role (man is he geeky looking) and it looks as though he had a great time playing Combs!!
The next story Leyla spins is, “Anti-Bodies,” and this one proves to be more twisted and bizarre than it first appears. Suzanna isn’t a person you’d be calling “Mother of the Year” anytime soon. She has her daughter Aimee (Kaylee Williams) tied up in the bedroom and is pimping her out to any trucker willing to pay. As her daughter is getting raped, Suzanna likes to strip down and masterbate while listening to the deed. But things aren’t as they seem. “Anti-Bodies” takes a pretty twisted turn and becomes something so much more than what you first think. I’m not going to say anything more about the story … you need to see this one to believe it.
This is the third film I’ve seen with Kaylee Williams in it in the last month and I’m wondering why we’re not seeing more of her!! She’s a natural genre actress who has a great scream, is sexy as hell, and has the acting chops to bring it all together.
The last story is one I reviewed last year: Anthony Sumner’s fantastic “Lewis” (see my full review here). This is the most serious story of the group and in some ways the most twisted. It has a few scenes of out and out perversity that you will just absolutely love (I sure did).
The anthology ends by returning to the wrap around story, “Come on Down,” where we finally get to meet the creature in the basement. This story does not fail to satisfy.
As a whole, PSYCHO STREET is a really fun and well-made horror anthology that will make you both laugh and cringe at the same time. The stories are all done tongue-in-cheek and have a twisted sense of humor that I really appreciated. PSYCHO STREET reminded me of George Romero’s TV horror anthology series, TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE in both tone and execution. That’s pretty damn good!!
Look for PSYCHO STREET soon (the distribution deal is almost complete) and keep it here for info on where you can find this really fun and gory anthology. Recommended.
Directors: Pete Jacelone, Patrick Desmond, Arthur, Cullipher, & Anthony Sumner
Plot: 3.5 out of 5 stars (for the entire anthology)
Gore: 6.5 out of 10 skulls (for the entire anthology)
Zombie Mayhem: 0 out of 5 brains (for the entire anthology)
Reviewed by Scott Shoyer