Psychos in Love (1987) from Tuna

A strip club owner and a manicurist meet and fall in love. They are united by a passionate hatred of grapes and grape products, and the fact that they are both practicing psychopathic serial killers. He kills women if they like grapes, then cuts them up in little pieces and plays with the pieces. She kills men who like grapes or talk about the weather, then dumps their bodies on the New Jersey turnpike. Both have been at it since High School.

The film explores their tender romance.

After they settle in together, they find some of the joy gone from their slashings, and she is somewhat jealous of the fact that he ogles the exposed tits of most of his victims. There is something of a problem when another serial killer, a cannibal plumber, discovers their secret and wants them to continue killing and give him the body parts.  In case you have some trouble following this minimal plot or my description, there is a catchy theme song that provides an excellent plot review.

You walked into my life one night,

at first I thought youd be like all the rest.

Boring to talk to, and boring in bed,

in general an all-around pest.

I was all set to cut you into little bitty-bits,

chop you, dice you, slash you, slice you,

Drill you with drill-bits.

You turned my life around with your beauty and scent,

and all I did was kiss you once and it was straight to heaven I went,

Said, all I did was kiss you once and it was straight to heaven I went.

 

Cuz Im a psycho in love, I cant help myself,

Psycho in love, Im a psycho in love,

Never felt this way about anyone else,

Im a psycho, psycho in love.

 

Youd be just another victim so,

when you asked me out I said sure.

My motto has always been: "An ounce

of prevention is worth a manicure."

I thought youd end up being just some other guy,

I was set to stick my scissors right into your eye.

You proved to me that life could be fun without the blood,

I love you even though youre pudgy and you look like Elmer Fudd.

I love you even though youre pudgy and you look like Elmer Fudd.

 

Cuz Im a psycho in love, I cant help myself,

Psycho in love, Im a psycho in love,

Never felt this way about anyone else,

Im a psycho, psycho in love.

 

Grapes, we hate em! Grapes, we hate em!

Purple and green.

 

Grapes, we hate em! Grapes, we hate em!

With or without seeds.

 

I never thought I could be so content,

I really kinda glad to know you, Kate.

 

Yknow its all my pleasure, Joe my dear,

I guess that you can call it fate.

 

Im sure Ill kill more girls, be faithful to you.

 

And I will slice up many a man.

 

We love each other so, were just so dog-gone happy,

 

Were sick, were crazy, were lunatics,

Not fit for society.

 

Yes, were sick, were crazy, were lunatics,

Not fit for society.

 

Cuz we are psychos in love, we cant help ourselves,

Psychos in love, we are psychos in love.

Never felt this way about anyone else,

We are psychos, psychos in love.

 

Cuz we are psychos in love, we cant help ourselves,

Psychos in love, we are psychos in love.

Never felt this way about anyone else,

We are psychos, psychos in love.

 (Download the song here)

Some of the dialogue is inspired and laugh out loud funny. The further into the running time, the more the third wall is violated.

Psychos In Love is bad movie heaven!

 

DVD INFO

  • Unfortunately, you will probably not be able to see this on DVD. I ordered a limited edition German DVD so long ago I forgot the details, and and after more than a year of delays, my limited edition copy, "235 of 300," finally arrived.

  • the link to the left goes to VHS information

NUDITY REPORT

Breasts from Angela Nicholas,  Cecelia Wilde, LeeAnne Baker,  Patti Chambers, Ruth Collins, Shawn Light and Tressa Zannino

... and Linda Strouth in a see-through bra

(All as victims.)

The Critics Vote ...

  • No major reviews online

Miscellaneous ...

  • The official page was actually created by the film's writer/director Gorman Bechard.

The People Vote ...

  • IMDB summary. IMDb voters score it 5.2/10, but all of the comments are wildly positive.
  • It was made for $75,000.
The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, this is a C+. The genre is cult horror spoof, and this is the Citizen Kane of the genre.

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