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Title:   Psycho from Texas
Director:   Jack Collins, Jim Feazell
Year:   1982
Genre:   Hicksploitation
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   04.19.06

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Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
04.19.06Weird Wednesday Ending the night with Weird Wednesday, this is the first real replay in the WW series. It's a movie about... a psycho from Maine. Maine? Yeah, the MAIN part of Texas.

This is such a great great movie with so many great great moments... but the problem is right now two overriding scenes are bullying out the rest of those great moments from coming to mind. The first is a chase scene that lasts, not kidding you here, a half an hour. Like three days pass and they still cut back to this one guy chasing another guy through the woods and swamp. At one point, the chasee gives up and lays on the ground catching his breath. The chaser collapses and sort of takes a nap on the chasee's boots... until the chasee resumes the action by crawling away. The Chaser crawls after him. In every shot of this chase, they guys are like five feet apart... like he's just BARELY out of reach to the chaser... for a half an hour. I'd say it's the centerpiece of the film but it's totally not. There are easily five or six things just as absurd, but the other big one that's burned into my mind forever is toward the end when the titular psycho from texas goes into a bar to eat his KFC. One thing leads to another and he's got the bartender (played by Linnea Quigley) full-frontally nude yelling "DANCE! DANCE! FASTER! DANCE! LIVLIER! FASTER! DANCE!" for like five minutes. He pours a pitcher of beer over her and slaps her ass while continuing to order her to dance. She's basically jogging in place and that seems to count. The scene is so uncomfortable and grating and repetitious and horrible that I don't think I'll ever be able to forget it.

So those two scenes are like attention-craving alpha puppies in my head right now, pushing out all of the other reasons why this movie is so fun. In a thematic connection to the movie I saw before this, there are also several flashbacks to a kid getting kicked and slapped by his sexually active mother. Captivating pathos!

There's also the hysterical maid named Bertha, the black kid who treats a pair of glasses like radioactive poison, the diabolical fiancee-cum-kidnapping mastermind, and let's not forget Slick, the psycho's matchstick-chewing accomplice.

I don't think I'm even scratching the surface at any sort of comprehensible description of what this movie is. Maybe it can't be done, maybe it shouldn't be done. Let's just leave it at that.

Oh... According to IMDb, an alternate title to this movie is "Evil + Hate = Killer" That's a great title. Someone should make a new horror movie and call it that.
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