In an unidentified prison, a madman is executed via the electric chair. This triggers a sort of Mischief Night for a group of serial killers out in the city. There’s Alice (Ashley Bell), an escaped mental patient who thinks she’s living in a 1950s glamour world; Blondie (Angela Trimbur), a beautiful seductress who lures men down into her suburban basement; a strangler (James Landry Hebert) who preys on unsuspecting women; and an enigmatic masked contract killer (Sam Zimmerman) whose next job sends him to seedy nightclub. As the night progresses, the body-count rises and the fate of these deranged murderers is sealed in blood.
Despite being south of 30, prolific writer-director Mickey Keating has already made four starkly different yet equally intriguing horror features (Ritual
, Carnage Park
). With the fiercely demented Psychopaths
, though, Keating has upped the madcap ante in every way possible. Fusing influences ranging from Brian De Palma to Gaspar Noé, Psychopaths
unfolds like a fever dream. Linearity takes a backseat to visual excess and nightmarish imagery, all shot with the verve of a genre fanatic hell-bent on honoring his favorite 70s and 80s sleaze through his own unique point-of-view.