Psyclops

  • 2002
  • Movie
  • R
  • Horror, Science Fiction

Despite a fascinating opening segment, this horror film quickly plummets from being a second generation PEEPING TOM (1960) to being just another gory peep show. Camcorder artist Shep Franco (Dan Merriman) plans to shoot the most mundane parts of his friends' everyday lives for his school project. Because he's a starving college student, he buys recycled...read more

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Despite a fascinating opening segment, this horror film quickly plummets from being a second generation PEEPING TOM (1960) to being just another gory peep show. Camcorder artist Shep Franco (Dan Merriman) plans to shoot the most mundane parts of his friends' everyday lives for his school project. Because he's a starving college student, he buys recycled videos that he can tape over. During a strategy session with fellow students, Kim (Irene Joseph), Dave (Rob Monkiewicz) and Heather (Diane Di Gregorio), Shep finds himself watching an unusual film-to-video transfer before he reuses the cassette. The scratchy tape documents the experimentation of mad scientist, Artemis Winthrop (Phil Barbour), and after hearing Winthrop's claims about bridging the dimensions Shep presses his pals to do further research. The collegians visit Winthrop's granddaughter, Amelia (Liz Hurley — not to be confused with model-turned-actress Elizabeth Hurley), and learn that weirdness runs in the family. A self-proclaimed witch, Amelia hints at the disastrous fate that befell her eccentric grandfather. Shep boldly searches the grounds and discovers Winthrop's trans-dimensional field generator, which he steals. When mechanical-minded Shep starts up the dohickey, insects from a parallel universe invade his world. Attacking Shep and his camcorder, the vicious bugs transform him into a super-charged fiend with a camera lens for an eye. With his perceptions altered to a monstrous degree, cyclopian Shep tastes the jolting thrill of electrocuting a man with his touch; even his friends aren't safe from the crazed experimenter. After Shep carries an unconscious Heather to Winthrop's abandoned lab, a fire breaks out. Can Kim and Dave save Heather without dooming Shep to eternal perdition? Although this ambitious low-budget picture's B&W prologue explores issues of cinema and voyeurism, the film degenerates as the main story kicks in. Made in New Hampshire, this rambling effort reeks of college-age enthusiasm without any filmmaking discipline.

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  • Released: 2002
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Despite a fascinating opening segment, this horror film quickly plummets from being a second generation PEEPING TOM (1960) to being just another gory peep show. Camcorder artist Shep Franco (Dan Merriman) plans to shoot the most mundane parts of his friend… (more)

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