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Psycho a Go-Go

USA 1965
produced by
Al Adamson for Tal Productions
directed by Al Adamson
starring Roy Morton, Tracey Robbins, Kirk Duncan, Tanya Maree, John Armond, Lyle Felice, K.K. Riddle, John Talbert, Joey Benson, Shary Richards
written by Al Adamson, cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond, production management by Victor Adamson (as Denver Dixon)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A quartet of gangsters rob a jeweller, but the heist goes awfully wrong when the alarm is sounded too soon, one of them is wounded by a cop & then shot by his own accomplice, brutal Joe (Roy Morton), & somehow the the loot lands on the back of the pickup of family man Dave (Kirk Duncan) - which Dave of course fails to realize.

Dave's little daughter Nancy (K.K.Riddle) eventually finds the jewels though & hides them in her doll, not telling anyone else about her find (& not realizing its value). Later that day, Nancy & her mother Linda (Tracey Robbins) make a trip to Lake Tahoe by bus ...

Meanwhile at Dave's place, the gangsters - boss Vito (Lyle Felice), his moll Vicky (Tanya maree), his right-hand man Nick (John Armond), brutal Joe & their mute black driver Curtis (John Talbert) - have finally caught up with him & torture him to learn the whereabouts of the jewels - which he has not the slightest idea of. Eventually the baddies decide it's a good idea to take his wife & daughter hostage to make Dave talk, so  they send Joe & Curtis after them ... & doing that, Joe proves to be every bit the brute one has thought him to be, eventually beating up both mother & daughter ...

Meanwhile back at Dave's place, Dave - tied to a chair - sees his chances improving when Nick throws away his nerves & tries to persuade Vito to give up on the jewels ... much to Vito's dismay, which does create quite some tension - but that is nothing compared to the tension created when Vito finds out nick has an affair with his moll Vicky ... & what's more, Dave's cop friend Frank (Joey Benson) has decided to pick exactly that time to pay Dave a visit ... which culminates in a shoot-out, at the end of which Nick changes sides & shoots Vito ...

Meanwhile Joe & Curtis are holding Linda & Nancy hostage in a hut in the mountains, but when Joe tries to rape Linda, Curtis - tired of being pushed around - changes sides & saves her from the rape, which he has to pay with his life. Linda & Nancy escape into the snow, but Joe is never far behind ... but by now Dave & cop Frank have also caught up with them, & after a final shoot-out, Joe drops down some cliffs, & somehow Nancy's doll, in which the jewels are hidden, falls down the same cliffs & lands besides his dead body.

 

Director Al Adamson's debut picture is a rather unimpressive crime picture, but it already shows the bluntness that would be apparent in almost all of Adamson's films, a bluntness that would sometimes lead to interesting/entertaining results, as it showed Adamson's drive to deliver just what he was asked for. However, occasionally this would on the other hand make his films less interesting, even predictabe & boring, as is the case here.

 

When originally released, the film met with a less than appreciative audience & as such soon faded into obscurity, however much of the footage made it into Adamson's later movies, The Fiend with the Electronic Brain (1968 - with footage starring John Carradine added) & Blood of Ghastly Horror (1971 - which incorporates footage from this movie as well as the Carradine footage from The Fiend with the Electronic Brain, and newly shot footage with Kent Taylor & Regina Carroll), 2 science fiction movies that take Psycho a Go-Go's plot into totally different directions.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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