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Monday, October 24, 2011

Psycho a Go-Go (1965)

Hip jazz, girls in shimmering mini skirts, a botched robbery and murder.  That just about sums up Psycho a Go-Go which is often unintentionally funny at times and quite entertaining.  This little thriller is hardly the pinnacle of 1960's cinema but it is decently made and well paced.  The plot is far form original and there are absolutely no surprises.  It begins with a diamond theft where the alarm goes off, the security come to the rescue and two of the three robbers escape.  The last one is first shot by the security guard and then finished off by one of his accomplices.  Furthermore, the bag this particular thief was carrying ends up in someone else's hands.  You know where it goes from there.
My favorite funny moment is when a precocious little girl who lives in a very white suburb opens her birthday present from her Dad.  She squeals with delight when she unwraps an African-American Christy Minstrels doll that begins to croon "Suwannee River" in an Alvin and the Chipmunks voice.  Priceless.
This one could have been a lot better if it upped the camp factor.  Alas, Psycho a Go-go takes itself far too seriously and suffers as a result.  It's a thriller that's not too thrilling.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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