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Just terrible. Bad acting, bad script, pacing was 100% predictable and there was not one cliché left uncopied. The only press this is going to get is from extraneous, irrelevant tabloid schlock. Once the film is seen by more than just the makers of the movie, its going straight to the bargin bin. There were a few redeeming special effects but tossed in but with the nonsensical storyline, it hardly saves the movie. To add a twist convincingly, you have to make us care about the protagonist, there was no one in this movie that didn't look like they just walked out of a spray tan booth and teeth whitening salon. Just aged actors who seem to think by flashing a smile and looking pretty, they can compensate for their plastic personas. Did not enjoy this one bit sad to say. Funny that almost all of the 20 something votes for this film are 10/10, wonder where that came from? I would suggest avoiding.
Just saw this a couple of days ago, and am still wondering why this was
made. First off the plot for this film could barely of filled a 10
minute short, and yet was stretched to fill the duration of this so
called feature. All the layers that the director mentioned he added in
the making of made no sense, didn't go anywhere and added nothing to
the film. Acting was beyond poor, especially by a certain lead man.
Lighting seemed flat. On the upside, some of the special effects seemed
pretty well done (a fake head in particular) but are not enough to save
The only interesting thing on the DVD was the making of, and interview with the cast. Maybe they should have got that guy to direct instead.
Watch at your own risk.
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Psychosis is set in England & starts as some Eco warrior protesters
set-up a campsite in the middle of the countryside just outside London
where a new motorway is going to be built, that night they are all
brutally killed by some local man who goes mad. Jump forward over a
decade & one of the best selling crime novelists in the world Susan
Golden (Charisma Carpenter) & her corporate events organiser husband
David (Paul Sculfor) move into a large country mansion near the fields
where the murders took place, Susan has writer's block after suffering
a nervous breakdown & is feeling the pressure to finish her latest book
& feels the move away from California might be beneficial. Susan starts
to experience terrifying visions, violent hallucinations, disturbing
dreams along with strange unnatural events & believes that her new
house may be haunted. Is Susan's new home haunted? Is she having
another breakdown? Are there perfectly reasonable explanations for what
is happening? Or is there something much more sinister going on...
This British production was written & directed by Reg Traviss & is a feature length remake of the Dreamhouse segment from the British horror anthology film Screamtime (1986) which I have not seen so I cannot compare the two but I have to say that I was reasonably impressed by Psychosis & didn't think it was that bad at all, it's hardly any sort of masterpiece but I felt it had enough going for it to make the 90 minutes I spent watching it worthwhile. The script has me in two minds, while I liked the basic premise & I thought the final twist was particularly good & fairly unexpected it's far from perfect with the chief complaint being that it's so slow & it takes a very long time to get where it's going. The final twist does turn traditional expectation & cliché on it's head quite effectively & at the very least I was interested in where the film was going, there's a supernatural element, a hint of psychological thriller, some straight horror & even a bit of a criminal subplot which all come together reasonably well. Unfortunately I found the two main character's poorly drawn & I was never convinced at any time that they were a loving married couple, Susan is by far the more interesting & developed character of the two. I am not sure what the creepy Peck guy is all about & the scene when he first meets his new boss Susan & flashes his cock at her comes out of nowhere & is quite unsettling!
Set mainly in rural England this looks nice enough with an impressive looking stately home & some attractive scenery. There's some nudity & sex including the aforementioned cock flashing & a strange scene set in a swingers party where a man is seen lying under a clear glass table looking up & then a naked woman sit down on the table which presumably gives the guy a nice view! There are a few flashes of gore but they are few & far between, the opening sequence features several hippies with names like Snake getting killed including an axe to the head & the climax features a gory slit throat. Originally had the working title Vivid which was apparently changed because Vivid was also the name of a porn company & brought about unwanted connections & associations.
With a supposed budget of about $1,200,000 this had a modest budget but nowhere near as low as some films that are being made & getting a wide release, the production values are good & Psychosis is well made. By some strange coincidence Psychosis is actually the second Charisma Carpenter film I have seen in the past couple of days after I saw House of Bones (2011), not that I am a fan or anything but Carpenter is quite cute & doesn't look like she's approaching forty. By the way, Psychosis is far better than House of Bones & Carpenter puts in a much better performance but then there's far more to work with here than she had with the basic House of Bones which only really needed her to turn up on set & not much else.
Psychosis is not a film for everyone, the slow pace & an ending that (judging by the IMDb message board for Psychosis) not everyone seems to understand although I thought it was perfectly simple & made sense within the context of the film up to that point. It comes down to personal opinion I suppose & mine is that I quite liked Psychosis although I doubt I would ever want to see it again.
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Huge Buffy/Angel fan and watched this on the Horror Channel (wow,
actual horror on the Horror Channel, rare these days) largely because
Charisma Carpenter is in it (just as I only watch Gossip Girl when
Michelle Tractenberg is on as Georgina). Not the best film in the world
but glad I watched it. I actually met Charisma at a convention a few
years back (just as beautiful and charming in real life) and seeing her
hairstyle in this I realise now she was in the UK filming this at the
time and had just taken the weekend off to earn herself an easy $20,000
signing 2000 autographs (including my copy of Playboy with her posing
The Good; really did remind me of Hammer House of Horror and a lot of the old horror anthologies you used to get. I later learned that I was spot on, this is a remake of a segment of the 1983 horror anthology 'Screamtime'. It's shocks are very good, the violence suitably nasty and a good performance from Charisma, similar to her scenes in the Angel ep 'To Shanshu in LA' where she's losing her mind. They throw a lot of sex into the mix too, not only with the cheating husband and his scantily clad bimbos but the scene where Charisma gets drug raped by his henchman (or does she? The way she grabs his hand during their sex makes you wonder if she's actually surrendered to her dark desires and become a willing participant in her own ravishment?).
The twist in the tail is a kicker, very clever and probably what attracted everyone to a remake in the first place. I had to rewatch it a couple of times before I realised that she's being tortured not by visions of what HAS taken place as everyone thought but by premonitions of what's GOING to take place. Good news for her as it means she'll no longer be driven crazy by it once it's happened and can get out of the asylum to enjoy spending her royalties, bad news for her cheating rat husband and the poor folks who moved into their house.
The Bad; The cheapness of the production shows through in many scenes. Will we ever have an American film set in the UK where they don't drive past famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament? (Interesting in 'Screamtime' the sub-stories were all set in Britain but framed by a overall story set in New York to give it transatlantic appeal). Some of the acting by the supporting cast is pretty rubbish, I'm not sure what Justin Hawkins of the band The Darkness was doing in this, he's not David Bowie. It's pretty obvious from the start that the husband is trying to 'Gaslight' Charisma, he may as well have 'villain' stamped on his forehead.
So all told, enjoyable film and I'm glad I watched it. 7/10
'Psychosis' is an example of a movie that I'm sure read brilliantly on
page. The story is there, old English house, horror writer retreat;
descent into madness, at times it reminded me of the Demi Moore film
'Half Light' although that's an example of how it should be done. The
setting of 'Psychosis' is spot on creating a country atmosphere similar
to 'Watcher in the woods'. However hampered by wooden acting (save for
its two leads) and stilted dialogue, it's hard to warm to the
characters or become engaged in the story.
Charisma Carpenter and Paul Sculfor are both easy to watch and had they been given a slightly bigger budget, tweaked dialogue and better surrounding actors then this could have been a winner. There is some chilling vision in the film (notably the tent scene at the start with the man licking the feet, cryptic I know but I don't want to spoil anything) but that vision seems to fade into clichés very quickly. There is a twist, it's a small one but unique and again showed potential for something better.
I watched this because I am a Charisma Carpenter fan so to other fans out there I will say its better than Scyfy's awful 'House of Bones', so if it comes down to the two watch this one.
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A serial killer unleashes his blood lust at a remote
environmental-camp. Years later a horror novelist relocates to rural
England and is plagued to the point of madness by horrific haunting of
So I finally got around to watching Charisma Carpenter in "Psychosis". At first as it started out I thought maybe I had the wrong movie because it looked like a tradition psycho slasher flick however I was pleasantly surprised. After the story took off, the way that the film kept me constantly focused on the deceit of her husband, and constantly trying to figure out just what the film was about, it totally threw me for a loop with the ending. Brilliant execution of the story. This was not an easy script to keep cohesive and relatable. At any point the film could have fell apart with all the subtext and micro plots that seemed to flutter about in the telling of this story.
For the most part I felt I was watching a psychological thriller just a bit above Lifetime Movie abilities and constantly wondering what the beginning had to do with f*ckall in this movie. It kept me guessing and confused visually as to the characters that played out in the Macbeth styled dance of twisted tales of betrayal and deception. The cinematography was gritty and yet polished with its total control of the film by jumping from micro plot to micro plot. Is she crazy? Is she psychic? or is some people totally f*cking with her?! I just kept bouncing back. This turned out to be a really great film and you don't realize just how intricate and detailed the plot is until the last 15 minutes of the film and that is got me totally into the story and made me drop my jaw. The ending tied it all up so poignantly and perfectly. A great psychological profile of the depths of human psychosis.
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EDIT- At the time I was writing I was not aware that it was in fact a
"Remake" of the second story in the 1983 film "Screamtime". Therefore
you can understand why I thought that it was a direct rip off of this
particular movie. Being very fond of that particular short, I was a bit
upset because I thought someone was ripping it off! Amusing in
hindsight I suppose. For your enjoyment here is my original review and
feelings written before knowing it was a 'remake'::
I will keep this review short but I'm still in shock after seeing this movie. Not because it was scary, not because it shocked me, not because I was bowled over by its brilliance. No, simply because I've never shook my head in disbelief at such outright plagiarism in a movie.Clearly the Director was really really hoping that no one had ever seen the fantastic little anthology horror film "Scream time" from 1983, more specifically, the second story in this film "Dream house". Now the stories in "Scream time" are relatively short since it's an anthology movie so in order to pad out "Psychosis", the director had at least to attempt to introduce some other little elements to attempt to keep things interesting before the scene for scene stealing begins. Unfortunately these elements are dull, lots of sex which is not thrilling in the least and flat acting. The movie falls flat very quickly overall to be honest and towards the end and dotted throughout, the 'hallucinations' of Charisma Carpenter are about the most interesting thing happening. Her name is the most charismatic thing about the movie, it's never scary due to some dull direction, predictable soundtrack and characters that are never in the least bit likable at any point. It starts off initially with a "slasher film" type prologue which really does nothing for the rest of the film, only serving to confuse and then we watch as Carpenter slowly descends into the "Psychosis" of the title. On my first viewing I already picked up on how much it was stealing from the "Dream house" episode of "Scream time" to the point where I was pointing out things before they even happened. I could not believe it. The director should be rightly ridiculed for such stealing and I'm sure more and more people will pick up on this as they see it. It's a shame because movies like this will get lots of exposure and acclaim from people none the wiser where as "Scream time" remains unreleased on DVD anywhere in the world and is a far more scary and interesting little 80's film. Spoilers------ Charisma's Hallucinations are wholesale lifted from "Dream house". This will make sense if you've seen it. She constantly see's someone in black playing with a football outside in her garden but when she goes out to tell him off she's gone. 'Dream house' -The main actress constantly see's a little boy riding on a bike outside in her garden but when she goes out to tell him off he's gone. In "Psychosis" the husband calls a Psychic to the house to investigate after Charisma has complained about all the visions she's been seeing and the psychic tells Charisma that there is nothing there at all.
Almost exactly the same scene happens in 'Dream house' and the Psychic tells the husband she is possibly mad.
Towards the end, when the murders start to play out more extended, the madman stabs the victims repeatedly and at one point, charisma grabs a telephone and throws it at the vision, (the madman is strangling the victim using the telephone) which promptly vanishes. In "Dream house", the murders are playing out and the actress grabs a telephone and throws it at the vision of the man stabbing and strangling the victim with the telephone wire which promptly vanishes.
At the end, Charisma's husband (Charisma is in a mental hospital after all this) greets the "new owner" and we are introduced to the new people moving in, all of whom we've seen previously in the visions like the kid playing with the football etc. In "Dream House", exactly the same thing happens. The husband welcomes the new owners, says they hope they will be happy there and all around him, the people we have seen being murdered are working around him, like the decorator painting the window and the boy riding the bike.
The husband gets into his car and is attacked from behind, has his throat slashed and goes into a fit, holding his foot down on the accelerator. The radio announces that a crazed murderer has escaped from a mental hospital and is on the loose.
It's quite sad that it's so obvious really. Clearly this director though he would get away with it but I reckon it's going to come back on him at one point or another. Watch "Scream time" and the "dream house" episode if you can get a copy. It's infinitely better than this poor excuse for a copy of a movie.
Reg Traviss and fellow screen writer Micahel Carpenter have crafted a supremely frightening script and the cinema results are extraordinary. Directed as well by Traviss with flair and originality, he creates an atmosphere of almost surrealistic suspense and a unholy, dark environment of overwhelming dread. Charisma Carpenter gives a superb performance in the role of the young woman haunted by visions of what she believes to be remnants of violent episodes that have taken place in the house where she lives. There is incredibly disturbing imagery and horrific scares as she strives to discover the answers to all the terrifying mysteries. No one who sees this superior horror film will ever forget the unendurable suspense, stunning visions, and lightning like intensity that is Psychosis.
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In the intro some hippie kids set up camp somewhere to protest the
expansion of a motorway. Somebody is watching them, then someone else
kills them. The killer acts all wild and crazy as if he's zombified.
Years later a couple moves into a mansion in England. She's a famous crime novel writer, he's an even organizer. She's anxious, every sound she hears makes her nervous. She goes exploring and finds a couple having sex in the middle of her woods, the creepy guy then exposes himself to her. She sees some kid playing with a ball but when she goes after him he vanishes. Later her husband introduces the creepy guy as the new grounds-keeper.
We learn that she's had in her past a massive mental breakdown. Now she's working on her new bestseller and is being pressured by her publisher. The quiet country is supposed to give her peace to work. But she keeps seeing things, namely some rocker she saw on TV, the killings from the intro, and the same killer running around her house. Her husbands distances himself a bit from her spending more time at work. One of the events he goes to is some type of party/orgy where the rocker is in attendance and the husband has fun with some girl who has been promised more than just hook ups.
When the creepy guy cooks her dinner she faints and sees more stuff, namely all sorts of crimes in her house. As a result she kills the creepy guy by accident. Now it all unravels. She ends up in a mental institution. Her husband gets a nice royalty check and sells the mansion that will be turned into a clinic and lots of familiar characters show up that either makes things clear or raise more questions in so far as the story and the woman's madness is concerned.
Movies about the British countryside, country people and madness are almost a subgenre in horror. And they are usually weak. This one is watchable. But it lacks something. Carpenter's character isn't likable enough and I don't think it helps to present her as already a little wacky. Stories like these are usually not entirely satisfactory because they presume a level of superhuman planning and all has to go right for the plans of the villain to work. The violence isn't very good. The villain isn't clear enough, from the main character's perspective, everyone is a villain and that just doesn't work. As with many English movies we get full frontal male nudity and little female nudity. Psychosis manages to create some creepiness and tension, but not enough, and lacks the atmosphere to engage the audience entirely.
I really wanted to love this movie. I just can't though. For all its
good intentions and all the nice ideas, it is too flawed in the end.
While obviously not a big production, it does feel bad from the get go.
Poor editing choices and cinematography do not help the case either.
It's not badly done, but you can see that it was rushed and therefor
not much care has been given to some shots and performances. There are
a few occasions where Charisma seems out of it. And while some may call
it a nice addition to her role it is obvious that this was not meant
Charismas husband (in the movie that is) is even worse than any other player in the film. There is the gardener, but you almost don't care about his performance (especially during a dinner scene). But the husband does a good job at being bad. Which is a bad thing for the movie. The ending might feel like a saving grace (and I don't know the movie another reviewer who's ecstatic about it, raves about), but don't let that fool you.
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