Psychos Aims Revenge Drama, Thriller Delivers Neither DecayMag.com Sandy Chukhadarian, Angel Jimenez Jr. Psychos

Psychos Film Details

Director: Sandy Chukhadarian

Writer: Sandy Chukhadarian, Angel Jimenez Jr.

Release Date: March 17th, 2017

Release Format: Video on Demand

MPAA Rating:

Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror

Running Time: 1h 22min

Synopsis:

Three young women seek revenge against a sadistic predator.

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Overview:

Revenge films are a brutal addition to Horror cinema. The art form was once dominant in U.S. film markets during the seventies. A shift in political correctness placed this visual works on the verge of extinction.

Yet, the French Horror market redefined the revenge sub-genre. Dubbed New French Extremity or French Extremism these films depicted raw brutality. The conflicts to these film shift between the tables between victim and aggressor. Grittiness, goal, and outcome are some of the driving elements to revenge films.

Women are the protagonist in revenge themed horror films. Therein lies a strong social commentary centered on feminism. Of course, these films don’t come without controversy. violence against women.

Sandy Chukhadarian and Angel Jimenez Jr created a storyline centered on revenge. In Psychos, three women serve as the victims turned vigilantes. Does Chukhadarian and Jimenez Jr’s film stand as an adequate candidate in the revenge sub-genre?

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Pros:

The editing was one of the defining qualities of the film. Psychos had a sequence of events projected with good ebb and flow. The cinematography also deserves recognition. Chukhadarian captured the scenes with creative prose.

Cons:

The pitch for Psychos has potential. The story of three women embarking on an act of revenge seems thrilling. Yet, the narrative as it translated on-screen lacked all sense of direction. For Psychos, the approach falls short as an engaging, nail biting visual experience. The problem begins with the set-up of the conflict. This area of the story failed to come across as unconvincing.

After the introduction in Act I Psychos fell apart with the continuing Acts. Although there was action infused in some scenes it didn’t carry any impact. The chemistry between the viewer and the medium becomes lost within the first Act.

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Another problematic area to this production lies with having one-dimensional characters. Neither the set of protagonists or antagonists connects with audiences. There doesn’t seem to be a basis to grant sympathy with the three main characters. Likewise, the villains have nothing that conjures fear. With the latter, the lack of a suitable dogma leaves the antagonists as empty shells.

The portrayals offered to each role were lax. There is an absence of unique qualities that if executed would have made each character come alive. To elaborate, the acting felt underdeveloped and treks on B-movie territory.

Psychos use the “based on true events” ploy to entice viewers. With many random acts of violence intoday’s society this can hold to any given situation.

Click for information on rating metric: 0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40 Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Cinematography
80 %
Performances
30 %
Originality / Redefining
30 %
Plot
30 %
Practical Effects
5 %
Scare Factor
5 %
Special Effects
5 %
Viewing Experience
30 %
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Ken Artuz is Co-Owner of Meca Ex Studios LLC. Artuz is a New York City Based Photographer with proficiency in Photoshop. His digital artwork was featured in exhibitions SOHO, NYC, twice. Artuz is a graduate of The Institute of Audio Research where he earned his degree in Audio Engineering and Record Production. He also earned certification in Television Production and Field Recording at Lehman College. For Horror Artuz Favors French Extremism and Indie productions. He is a novelist, and screenwriter listens to EBM, Industrial & Witch house and is an avid MMA sports fan. Ken Artuz will create a media empire built on the DecayMag Brand.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Ken,
    I’m going to ask if your review included watching Psychos to the end? Because it appears from the review that you didn’t get passed Act I. If this is true that you didn’t finish the movie yet submitted a poor film review, only you know in your heart, then perhaps you should go back to this film and watch it to the end.
    In addition, in the “pros” you notate that the editing was really well done, then why didn’t you give it a rating on your rating card? Oh I see, “practical effects” and “special effects” get slots but editing doesn’t? That makes sense. This has been a big journey and for you not to finish watching as if you know how it will end is utterly inhuman. Of course, this is all speculative that you didn’t finish watching. Apologies if you thought this was horrible even after watching it to the end. It just appears as if you didn’t.
    Peace

    • Hi, am first going to reply by saying yes, I did watch the film. In fact, as with all the films we review Psychos had more than one viewing. Our point rating system does not include editing. It, our score system, neither includes film score or other post-production aspects. You do make a good point I may consider editing as a category in the future. Practical and special effects do make sense. Each has a strong contribution to Horror and Science Fiction cinema. Am aware you’re proud of your production. I commend you for your contribution. If I sounded harsh my apologies. I give direct feedback, good and bad. Each has benefits to foster growth as an artist. Myself included.

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