Psycho A Go Go! (1965)

psycho_a_go_go_008 PSYCHO A GO GO! (1965) Don’t even consider hitting that play button unless you’ve got an hour to kill. The first thing that will draw you into Al Adamson’s debut cult grindhouse flick is the go-go girls, backed by a house band, The Vendells. The colors alone will make you think some lingering diethylamide is playing tricks with you. By the time it segues into a Tarantino-styled skinny-tied heist, you might as well tell your girl to hold your calls. The jazz score, babes in bubble baths, stripper music and shots of Hollywood landmarks, like Jerry Lewis’ Restaurant, make it all that much more retro-cool. But, when the white suburban family gives their daughter a black “minstrel” doll that sings “Suwannee River,” you know you’re in the presence of genius-for-all-the-wrong-reasons filmmaking. From IMDB: “Gangsters in black zoot suits, dames in beehive hair with lounge voices and a killer who is a cross between a young Jack Nicholson and Michael Ironside, with an ugly butch haircut and an uglier mind. The scene where he sadistically strangles a girl, intercut with the blinking neon blue lights of a seedy motel sign, is unquestionably a work of art, or at least of high imitation.” The Quinn-Martin score music seals the deal. Weirdly, this movie was re-used, with new footage featuring John Carradine, for a 1972 slasher film, Blood Of Ghastly Horror. TAG LINE: Murder To A Wild Watusi Beat!! DIALOG ALERT:I’ll do the thinkin’ around here.” Find Psycho A Go Go! at Amazon, HERE. New Movies, Fridays ‘Round Midnight.

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