Psychomania is a remarkable little film. Defying easy categorization, it lingers in the memory. Truly creepy and disturbing, with genuinely evil characters who do some really awful things, it still has a poignant quality to it. Viewers today go to a movie knowing what to expect, and generally get it. That's not a good thing.
The premise is simple, and the kind of unbelievable thing that we all know isn't true, but we certainly cannot test for ourselves. If you kill yourself, firmly believing that you will return - you will. That's it. And once you come back, nothing can harm you. The bikers live out their counterculture fantasies, which are revealed (though not in a heavy-handed manner) to really be more about selfishness and arrogance than true "hippy" beliefs.
It sounds campy and maybe it is, but it is played absolutely straight, and it does deliver real chills. There are points where the viewer just can't belive that the violence will escalate - and it does.
In this film, there are no "good guys." The conservative, old money evil beings (are they immortal? We are never sure) are just more realistic than the youth gang evil. They know that the kids just can't be allowed to run amuck. Even the "good girl" is more than wlling to be an accessory to murder. She just has her limits, that's all.
I love this film because it genuinely surprised me. Its fantasy plot was made to seem almost credible - at least for an hour and a half. It took itself seriously, a quality which has almost disappeared in today's climate of horror/fantasy films making fun of themselves before the audience has a chance to. And it's quirky: the music, including a cool original song, the actors, the surreal alternation between fog-shrouded stonehenge imagery and modern biker stuff, all of it combines to create one of the oddest and most satisfying horror films of its decade. Check it out and don't prejudge!