The kids have off today, so I'm going to make this review short and sweet.
Aaron the Pedantic and I have been talking about science-fantasy and Krull in particular on our new podcast Gonzo Up Your Ass!
Well, if you take the awesome and epic worldbuilding of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror and put it on contemporary Earth, but make it funny - like badass demons getting interrupted by uppity children, then you have Psycho Goreman.
There are literally dozens of cool bits and pieces to steal from this and put it in your RPG or campaign setting of choice... D&D, Rifts, Cha'alt, Carcosa, LotFP, DCC, Arduin, etc.
Just like you can tell that Mork Borg was created by graphic designers, Psycho Goreman must have been created by special FX guys because there are more creature costumes than you can can count. Every time you turn around, there's a weird, over-the-top, cringe on purpose which makes it ironically awesome humanoid (mostly) entity that reminds you of those silly sci-fi monsters from Power Rangers.
But it's the unrelenting dark atmosphere mixed with the laughs that sets it apart and makes it seven-fold better than just another kid's show or movie. The language reminds me of Prince of Nothing, his pleasingly overwrought and legendary way of speaking and naming things.
Some of my favorite things... the look and sound of the "protagonist" Psycho Goreman, along with that glowing magenta/fuchsia magic stone, a different kind of laser-sword than I've ever seen before, the backstory of Psycho Goreman involving the planet Gigax (yes, pronounced like Gygax), the humorous board of directors that have an interest in seeing Psycho Goreman defeated, the cool deaths as PG dishes the pain on both pesky humans and alien demon creatures more like himself.
It's the kind of movie I'm glad I bought on blu-ray because I'll be seeing this many more times over the years. The fact that I was able to watch this with my wife and two older girls was an unexpected bonus!
This movie gets my highest recommendation 5 out of 5 stars. If you're at all into stuff like D&D while not taking yourself too seriously, watch it and prepare to re-watch soon after. It's just that awesome. If they don't make a sequel next year, I'm going to be really disappointed.
p.s. Yes, I have the luxury hardcover Cha'alt and Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise books for sale, direct through me. Ordering details here!