If you imagine a riff on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) but with the kindly alien botanist swapped out for a bloodthirsty intergalactic warlord who’d look right at home in a GWAR music video, you’re on the right track here. Written and directed by Steven Kostanski, The Void (2016), formerly of cult Canadian film collective Astron-6, Psycho Goreman is a deliberately silly, perverse, OTT, and hyper-violent riff on the old “the kid and the creature” subgenre. It’s like Lassie with gore or a Troma joint with just a skerrick more money and craft. You probably already know if it’s your sort of thing, but let’s try to hit the word count anyway.

Siblings Mimi (Nita-Josee Hanna) and Luke (Owen Myre) accidentally uncover a mystical gem while they’re farting around in their back yard one day. As it turns out, the rock gives the possessor control over an evil space warlord, “the Arch-Duke of Nightmares” (Matthew Ninaber in a rubber suit, with Steven Vlahos on vocal duties) who was entombed on Earth after trying to destroy the whole galaxy. He wants to get back to rampagin’, but Mimi, an evil-minded little kid who dubs the mutant creature Psycho Goreman (PG for short), likes the idea of having a murderous monster on a leash, and so he finds himself confined to suburbia for now.

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