Halloween Disc-A-Day: Day 4 – Secrets of a Psychopath

For a third year, I’m going to be watching at least one horror DVD per day and writing a short review about them. I’ve acquired a new batch that I haven’t previously seen, so without any further delay. Let’s get to work.

Secrets of a Psychopath (3 November 2015)

Two siblings lure unsuspecting victims to their house through a dating site for games and slaughter. It’s “Psycho” meets the Craigslist Killer. The new film from cult director Bert I. Gordon – The Amazing Colossal Man, Earth vs the Spider, Empire of the Ants, and The Food of the Gods.

Normally I would complain about the director’s resume being included in the synopsis of a movie, but it’s a notable item in this circumstance.  Bert I. Gordon who is one of the best know B-movie directors of the 50s to 70s returned to directing after a 26 year gap.  Most people my age would be familiar with his work from Mystery Science Theater 3000.  They covered a ton of his output in the original series.  They made good fodder for it, because for the most part they were all at least passable movies.  That seems like a low bar, but not every bad movie can still manage to feel like an actual movie.  Seeing his name on the cover is the only thing that made me curious enough to actually purchase it.  However, this movie didn’t quite work for me.  It’s an odd blend of the type of style you would see in the B-movies of his heyday and modern low-budget.  There’s Kari Wuhrer and a welfare version of Dennis from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia doing incest and dressing up as creepy puppets.  That might sound better to you than it actually is depending on your personal tastes, but I would recommend skipping it.

I’ll be back with another review tomorrow.  In the meantime, check out the Motion Picture Meltdown episode on Deep Blue Sea and Shark Lake.  It has nothing to do with this movie.  I just like it.

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