Psychomania

  • 1972
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Horror

This has to be the only British biker-gang horror movie ever made. Henson is the long-haired leader of "The Living Dead," an obnoxious motorcycle gang whose favorite hangout is a remote field containing a Stonehenge-like aggregation of rocks. Under the guidance of his spiritualist mother, Reid, and her Satanist butler, Sanders, Henson discovers the secret...read more

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This has to be the only British biker-gang horror movie ever made. Henson is the long-haired leader of "The Living Dead," an obnoxious motorcycle gang whose favorite hangout is a remote field containing a Stonehenge-like aggregation of rocks. Under the guidance of his spiritualist mother,

Reid, and her Satanist butler, Sanders, Henson discovers the secret of eternal life: willingly commit suicide in the belief that you'll come back from the dead and once zombified, nothing can kill you. Henson decides to test the theory by driving his bike off an overpass into a river. Soon after

his burial--with his corpse sitting upright on his motorcycle--Henson revs up the bike and bursts out of the grave at full throttle. Thrilled with his success, the rest of the gang begins committing suicide (driving into a truck, drowning, jumping off a building, etc.). Although all but one

succeed in returning from the dead--his belief wavers at the last minute--Henson's girl friend, Larkin, really doesn't want to kill herself, leading to tension between her and Henson. Meanwhile, the newly immortal Living Dead raise even more hell than usual; riding through grocery stores and brick

walls, the zombie bikers wreak havoc in their little town, moving Henson's mother to put a stop to their nonsense. With the exception of a fairly creepy credit sequence, there's not much particularly frightening here. What is fun, however, is taking in all the "hip" 1960s and 70s lingo and

watching the nihilistic bikers display their studied rebellious attitude. The whole affair plays like it was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but it's difficult to tell at times. Don't miss the stunning biker anthem "Riding Free" (music by David Whittaker, lyrics by John Worth) sung by Harvey Andrews

at Henson's funeral.

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  • Released: 1972
  • Rating: PG
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