“a heartwarming and heart ripping family classic” – iHorror.com
PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN
By Steven Kostanksi
RLJE Films will release the Horror/Comedy PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN in Theaters, On Demand and Digital on January 22, 2021.
Written and directed by Steven Kostanski (The Void, The Divide, Father’s Day), PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN stars Matthew Ninaber (Transference), Nita-Josee Hanna (Books of Blood, 4teen), Owen Myre (“NOS4A2”, Alternate Ground), Adam Brooks (The Return Father’s Day) and Steven Vlahos (“Alien House”, The Apprentice).
Siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord who was entombed on Earth millions of years ago after a failed attempt to destroy the universe. They nickname the evil creature Psycho Goreman (or PG for short) and use the magical amulet they discovered to force him to obey their childish whims. It isn’t long before PG’s reappearance draws the attention of intergalactic friends and foes from across the cosmos and a rogues’ gallery of alien combatants converges in small-town suburbia to battle for the fate of the galaxy.
“The core concept of ‘PG’ is something I’ve carried with me for as long as I can remember -what would it be like to have your own monster? As a kid, I was mesmerized by the relationship between John Connor and the T-800 in Terminator 2 and the way this relatable kid could suddenly have a badass villain as his pal. I would fantasize about hanging out with the likes of Skeletor, Megatron, Cobra Commander, and every other Saturday morning cartoon villain. These characters always interested me more than the traditional heroes.
I was also fascinated by the dynamic that could be generated between two seemingly opposing characters: one a cosmic creature of immense power and evil, the other a child whose delusional innocence gives her the confidence to go toe-to-toewith such a terrifying fiend. This relationship describes that of PG and Mimi and it really is the heart of the movie.
I particularly love the contrast of operatic space fantasy with suburban banality and I think this is born out of my love for low budgetgenre films from the 80s and 90s like Masters of the Universe and Beastmaster 2 where budget constraints forced the filmmakers to set their epic stories in accessible real-world locations. Finding comedy in such contrasts can be further observed in my efforts to subvert the safe space of the ‘kids movie’ genre with shocking violence and real-world consequences. This is a theme I applied in my ABC’s of Death 2 segment W is for Wish. With PG, I’ve pushed this idea to more imaginative and brutal heights, recreating the deranged scenarios I used to make up while playing in the backyard as a kid.