Film Screening: Video Store Day screening of “Psychos In Love” with Gorman Bechard, Carmine Capobianco Sat., Oct. 21, 8 PM

Best Video Film & Cultural Center is pleased to present a International Independent Video Store Day screening of the 1986 cult classic horror comedy “Psychos In Love” on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at 8 PM. Writer/director Gorman Bechard and lead actor and co-writer Carmine Capobianco will be on hand to discuss the film and take questions. Tickets are $10.

The movie was filmed in Waterbury and other locations in Connecticut. Bloody and hilarious, Gorman Bechard’s “Psychos In Love” is an absurd, home grown horror-comedy, which alternates between gratuitous killing scenes and self-aware parody of romantic comedies.

Bridgeport-based Vinegar Syndrome presents this lurid classic in a fresh 2k restoration from its 16mm original camera negative. Vinegar Syndrome specializes in the masterful restoration and distribution of cult, horror, and erotic films from the 1960s-90s.

Joe (Carmine Capobianco) runs a strip club and Kate (Debi Thibeault) is an attractive young manicurist. After bonding over their mutual dislike of grapes, they discover another commonality: both of them are bloodthirsty serial killers. As they begin to balance their obsession with murder and each other, they meet Herman (Frank Stewart), a cannibal who, upon discovering their bloodlust, attempts to lure them into killing as a means to satisfy his craving for human flesh!

From Brian Orndorf’s review on Blu-Ray.com:

1986’s “Psychos in Love” certainly has the external appearance of a horror extravaganza, with an eye-catching title and marketing materials that emphasize a ghoulish viewing experience to come. But the feature isn’t a nightmare machine, it merely wants to tell a plethora of corny jokes and showcase freshly chopped limbs. And if you happen to hate grapes, here’s a cinematic experience tailored directly to that phobia. Co-writer/director Gorman Bechard arranges a massacre with ‘Psychos in Love,’ but his heart belongs to comedy, pinching from the Marx Brothers and Monty Python as he sets up shop in Tromaville for this unexpectedly goofball take on “Annie Hall,” diluting the direct Woody Allen lifts with bloodshed and multiple maniacs. It’s a strange picture, but that’s the point.

“Psychos in Love” is a film obsessed with bad jokes. There are a lot of visceral things that happen in the movie, but Bechard always returns to his love of comedy, and not even the dark stuff, keeping the feature fairly silly for most of its run time. Sure, the effort opens with a montage of Joe’s daily habit, watching the creep chop and strangle his victims, and Kate eventually gets in on the action, displaying her abilities to murder doofy guys. But Bechard is more concerned with his tributes, setting up the tale as an ‘Annie Hall’-style riff on relationships, offering Joe and Kate interviews where they share their thoughts on the craziness of fate. Their meet cute is a mutual disdain for grapes, which part of the feature’s charm, going to extreme hatred of a fruit to help secure everlasting love, albeit warmth that’s challenged by daily cohabitational pressures and a dimming love for causing bodily harm. Their temporary replacement? The thrill of renting VHS tapes.

The AVC encoded image (1.33:1 aspect ratio) presentation is “Newly scanned and restored in 2K from the 16mm original camera negative.” It’s a BD upgrade for a crudely shot movie, but it works superbly, coming through with a bright, filmic handle on the feature’s limited visual needs. Clarity is strong during the viewing experience, delivering textures on skin and sets, and the picture’s appetite for violence is vivid, offering squishy gore zone visits that add to the gross-out factor. Colors are vibrant and secure, with more aggressive reds on blood balanced well with pink and blue costuming. Greenery is also appealing. Delineation is satisfactory. Source is in fine shape, lacking any major issues with damage.

Gorman Bechard, who lives in Hamden, is a director, screenwriter and novelist. Besides “Psychos In Love,” Bechard has directed other narrative films such as “Friends (With Benefits)” and a host of documentary films, including “A Dog Named Gucci,” “Color Me Obsessed” (about the rock band The Replacements), and “Every Everything” (about the late Husker Du drummer Grant Hart). In 2014, Bechard co-founded NHDocs: The New Haven Documentary Film Festival.

Carmine Capobianco’s film career began upon meeting Gorman Bechard and they raised money to shoot their first low-budget feature, “Disconnected” (1983). Shortly after making a video feature, Carmine and Gorman co-wrote the script and filmed “Psychos in Love” (1987). Charles Band, now of Full Moon Entertainment, purchased the rights and signed their film production company, Generic Films, to a four picture deal. They made two more before Charlie’s company went under and Generic Films disbanded: “Galactic Gigolo” (1987) and “Cemetery High” (1988). Carmine went off on his own and dabbled for the next few years with small parts working on or in One Life to Live, an MTV video, a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie, commercials (ESPN), award-winning host of his own cable show and some small independent films such as “Everything Moves Alone” (2001) and “The White Car.”

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see a beautifully restored cult classic and glean insights into the making of a B-movie classic from two of the principals.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Wednesday, Oct. 18. ANNIE LISA: PSYCH-K

• Thursday, Oct. 19. AFRO-FUNK FUSION: THE LOST TRIBE

• Friday, Oct. 20, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Saturday, Oct. 21, 8 PM. VIDEO STORE DAY SCREENING OF “PSYCHOS IN LOVE” WITH WRITER/DIRECTOR GORMAN BECHARD & WRITER/LEAD ACTOR CARMINE CAPOBIANCO

• Monday, Oct. 23, 7:15 PM. FILM SCREENING: “THE VISITOR” (PART OF “WHITHER THOU GOEST—GREAT FILMS ON IMMIGRATION & REFUGEES” FILM SERIES)

• Wednesday, Oct. 25. NEW ORLEANS-STYLE FUNK: BAND OF DRUTHERS

• Thursday, Oct. 26. INDIE ROCK: SEAN HENRY, RYXNO

• Friday, Oct. 27. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: THE BOSSA NOVA PROJECT

• Saturday, Oct. 28. LIGHT UPON BLIGHT HALLOWEEN SHOW: “CARNIVAL OF SOULS” with LIVE IMPROVISED MUSICAL SCORE

• Monday, Oct. 30, 7:15 PM. FILM SCREENING: “A BETTER LIFE” (PART OF “WHITHER THOU GOEST—GREAT FILMS ON IMMIGRATION & REFUGEES” FILM SERIES)

• Wednesday, Nov. 1. OLD-TIMEY/BLUES: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Nov. 2. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: JOE MILLER

• Friday, Nov. 3. AMERICANA: FYFE AND STONE

• Saturday, Nov. 4. SOLO MODERN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Sunday, Nov. 5, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Monday, Nov. 6, 7:15 PM. FILM SCREENING: “INTO THE ARMS OF STRANGERS” (PART OF “WHITHER THOU GOEST—GREAT FILMS ON IMMIGRATION & REFUGEES” FILM SERIES)

• Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Nov. 9. GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: RICH MORAN

• Friday, Nov. 10. MODERN ROCK: NALANI & SARINA, CHASER EIGHT NAKED (PRESENTED BY AIM PRODUCTIONS)

• Saturday, Nov. 11, 7-10 PM (at ORDINARY tavern in New Haven): ART OPENING: “CREEPSHOW”—A BENEFIT FOR BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER with art by AUDREY NEFORES & NICK HURWITZ-GOODMAN

• Sunday, Nov. 12, 7 PM. FOLK: MINK, SOCK & LUTIE

• Monday, Nov. 13, 7:15 PM. FILM SCREENING: “WHAT’S COOKING” (PART OF “WHITHER THOU GOEST—GREAT FILMS ON IMMIGRATION & REFUGEES” FILM SERIES)

• Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN (SOLD OUT!)

• Friday, Nov. 17. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Saturday, Nov. 18. BVFCC ANNIVERSARY GALA AT THE BALLROOM AT THE OUTER SPACE: 5 IN THE CHAMBER, OLIVE TIGER, NU HAVEN KAPELYE, THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 PM. JAZZ: TRIO 149

• Monday, Nov. 20, 7 PM. FILM SCREENING: “SON OF SAUL” (WITH TALK BY PROF. CHRISTOPHER SHARRETT)

• Thursday, Nov. 30. BLUEGRASS: EAST ROCK RAMBLERS

• Friday, Dec. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY PURRONE

• Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Thursday, Dec. 7.ART SONG/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: OLIVE TIGER (SOLO), AN HISTORIC

• Friday, Dec. 8. BLUEGRASS: TWISTED PINE (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 PM. JAZZ: PAUL SHANLEY

• Friday, Dec. 22. HOLIDAY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SHOW: DUST HAT, BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, Jan. 12, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: BEPPE GAMBETTA (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Friday, Feb. 9. BLUEGRASS: JOE WALSH & SWEET LOAM

• Friday, Mar. 16. BLUEGRASS: ZOE & CLOYD (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

 

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