Psycho a Go-Go (1965)

Psycho a Go-Go (1965)
3.7
  • 285
  • Genre: Crime
  • Release year: 1965 ()
  • Running time: 85 min
  • Original Title: Psycho a Go-Go
  • Voted: 285

Jewel thieves quickly dispose of the loot when the alarm is raised, then track down the family upon whose truck they threw them, meanly interrogating them in the hope of getting them back.

#PersonCharacters
1Roy MortonJoe Corey
2Tacey RobbinsLinda Clarke
3Kirk DuncanDavid Clarke
4Tanya MareeVicky
  • Brilliant for the dough and for its genre! by 10

    I am the son, yes the son of Tacey Robbins. I have to tell you that I thought it was a miracle that Al and Tacey pulled off this movie. They had $2000, and a bunch of contributers who wanted to see Al's movie career and Tacey's singing career blossom. It took months to shoot it, and in my opinion, it was the perfect "C" movie for the cheese/sleeze era. It had a super cheezy plot, and wonderful music to accompany it. Remember, it was supposed to be a spoof on Go-Go girls who drove men crazy. Well, even the songs were meant to be spoofs and the whole idea is to make it fun and "cult-serious". YES, the acting wasn't perfect, and of course the movie was not without potholes, but I am telling you, as far as the movies of the time, Tacey and Al did a great job putting it all together and making it "campy" and goofy like it was intended. If you take this movie serious, you are wasting your time watching it, or you are some moron who just graduated from the New York School of Movie Ratings and need to find a new job.

  • must be judged on a different scale by 7

    here's the thing about this movie, and movies of its kind - they have to be judged on a different scale. there's no way anyone should compare a movie like this to "citizen kane" or, to a greater extent, "gone with the wind" because those are epic films with a lot more money backing the project. this isn't even a "b" studio film, it's an indie flick and, therefore, should be judged accordingly. the soundtrack has very little to do with the ebb and flow of the film, the directing and editing are amateurish, but not horrible, the acting is over-the-top in almost every instance (though roy morton has a good performance as a super-sleazy sex-driven criminal) and the color is garish. but all these things create a certain 60s "b-film" aesthetic that you can choose to like or dislike. if you're willing to go along for the ride then this film can provide some entertainment, if you're not then steer clear. while most aspects of the film are just average and add to the b grade aesthetic, the cinematography is noteworthy. considering the source, the cinematography stands out as rather good. unfortunately the dvd transfer puts the film in full frame, but one still gets the impression that the cinematographer knew what he was doing. who is the cinematographer? vilmos zsigmond, winner of an academy award for cinematography for his work on the deer hunter. he also worked on flesh and blood with verhoven, blow out and bonfire of the vanities with depalma, mccabe and mrs. miller with altman, and close encounters with spielberg. as for the story - it's a typical heist gone wrong tale with a nice touch here and there; not half bad. C.

  • They don't make 'em like this anymore... by 6

    What a blast from the past! Other reviewers have mentioned the plot so I won't repeat it here. What makes the film so fascinating is the '60s styles, the garish colors, the lounge-music soundtrack, Tacey Robbins' singing, the wild go-go dancers...We even see the director, the infamous Al Adamson, playing Travis, the ill-fated robber! Like many of Adamson's films, this one is like a car wreck-- you don't want to stare but you just can't help it. I find it amazing that a director could put this together for a mere $2,000-- alas, those days are gone forever. A real treat for B-movie fans!

  • Pretend you're at a Drive-In by 10

    I'm Tacey Robbins' cousin, but that isn't the reason I'm giving this movie the highest rating I can. It compares very favorably to Drive-In type movies of the same era, and was filmed on about one-tenth the budget. It's fun to watch on a number of levels: A great look at mid-1960's culture, a pretty good thriller-type story line, and Tacey Robbins' great voice. And she's pretty easy on the eyes, too! People interested in seeing this movie should be aware that John Carradine does not appear in it. Bits and pieces of "Psycho-A-Go-Go" were cannibalized over the years and randomly spliced into several other movies. This film was, in fact, lost completely until the company Troma took the trouble to edit it back to what it looked like when originally released in 1965.

  • Not a Very Good Picture by 4

    This film is clearly dated to an interesting time in American history. Notice the hairstyles on both the men and the women and the type of cars everybody drove. You don't see those any more. At any rate, the reason I bring these things up is because I think that in order to understand or enjoy this film a person has to appreciate the time-frame in which it was made. Whether it's the songs by "Linda Clark" (Tacey Robbins) or the nightclub atmosphere, there is something in this movie that probably makes no sense unless you've seen it firsthand. Now, don't get me wrong, this film is not a very good picture. Other than the performance of Roy Morton (as the psycho "Joe Corey") and the presence of the "go-go dancers" at the very beginning, I found most of the film to be quite routine and dull. Even so, this film exemplifies what a B-movie looked like back in the mid-60's and that's the standard by which it should be judged. So, people who see it now might think it's a lousy movie compared to films of today. And it probably is if you compare it today's standards. But I think we need to keep things in perspective. In short, while this movie is probably a bit below average, it isn't as bad as the score most people have given it. Neither is this movie one that will suit everyone's taste. For that reason I recommend it only for those who can understand and appreciate films from this period and are willing to make allowances.

#PersonCrew
1Vilmos Zsigmondcinematographer
2Don McGinniscomposer
3Jimmie Roosacomposer
4Al Adamsondirector
5Chris Martinowriter
6Mark Edenwriter