Susan is a successful crime fiction writer who moves to England with her less than faithful husband (why would anyone cheat on someone that looked like Charisma Carpenter? I have no idea). Once there she starts seeing people who arenâ€™t there and strange things that no one else can see. Is it all in her mind (she is recovering from a nervous breakdown), is someone trying to driver her insane, or is there something more sinister going on here?
Psychosisâ€ť is not one of the most original movies Iâ€™ve ever seen and at times it is a confusing mess. The opening scene where the crazy guy slaughters a bunch of campers is just pointless and has nothing to do with the rest of the movie (until the very end, and even then if it very forced). Nothing exciting really happens for the entire movie and some parts of it are just plain boring.
Off the top of my head I can think of many movies that share a similar plot (such as â€śLetâ€™s Scare Jessica to Death, â€ť â€śBlood Lock,â€ť and â€śDominique is Deadâ€ť just to name a few). Think for a moment about all the films youâ€™ve seen where someone recovering from a nervous breakdown goes somewhere to relax (usually somewhere creepy) and starts seeing things that no one else can see (or hear)? If youâ€™ve seen any other movie with this plot then youâ€™ve pretty much already seen â€śPsychosisâ€ť as its biggest problem is that it suffers from a serious lack of originality.
Iâ€™m not really sure what â€śPsychosisâ€ť wants to be. If itâ€™s a horror film it isnâ€™t scary and if itâ€™s supposed to be a suspense/thriller if isnâ€™t suspenseful (or thrilling, for that matter). I thought that it was pretty boring for the most part and had forgotten about most of it a couple of hours after I watched it. There is really no action, very little gore, and I thought that it moved along at a snailâ€™s pace.
Some people who watch it may say that the explanation for why Susan is seeing things is original but I disagree. It was done before (and a lot better) a little known British horror film called â€śScream Time.â€ť One of the segments from that film is very similar and I wonder if the filmmakers werenâ€™t influenced by it when they decided to do â€śPsychosis.â€ť I myself wasnâ€™t that impressed by the revelation (mainly because Iâ€™ve seen it before) but some viewers may dig it (Iâ€™ll admit that I didnâ€™t see it coming).
I think that the only thing that really saves this movie is the fact that Charisma Carpenter is in it. I have been a fan since she was on â€śBuffy the Vampire Slayerâ€ť and â€śAngelâ€ť and I think she is a very underrated actress. In addition to being easy on the eyes she is also talented and I think she does a wonderful job playing the part of Susan. Even if the character isnâ€™t the most original or well-written in the history of film Carpenter still does a kick ass job with what she has to work with. She should be proud of the fact that she is the best thing about this film and if she hadnâ€™t been in it I donâ€™t think I would have had anything positive to say about it.
â€śPsychosisâ€ť just wasnâ€™t for me. I thought that it was unoriginal, boring, and confusing as hell at times (can someone explain to me why Susan was hanging out with the creepy, oddball hunter guy after he flashed her? She was terrified when she first saw him and then they are having dinner together like they are good buddies a few moments later!). I thought that the ending was very rushed and as about as cooking cutter as you can get. I really wasnâ€™t into the movie at all but there may be some people out there who will enjoy it. Check it out if you are a Charisma Carpenter fan but keep in mind that if you are wanting to see something you havenâ€™t seen before you may want to look elsewhere. Iâ€™m not saying that it is a terrible movie as it is at least watchable, but I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ll be in a hurry to revisit it anytime soon.