Cult British undead biker flick Psychomania is headed to UK blu-ray, courtesy of BFI Flipside who have loaded the deluxe edition with special features.
The frankly insane 1971 film depicts hellraising youth motorcycle gang The Living Dead, whose leader Tom discovers that his mother is a devil-worshipper. Using her talents, he makes a pact with The Horned One to achieve immortality. Sharing the secret with his fellow bikers, Tom encourages the gang to commit suicide, only to rise again as badass undead thugs.
Ahead of the September release, Psychomania screened last week at the Starburst International Film Festival, and will receive a launch screening at BFI Southbank on September 14th, with a Q&A with actor Nicky Henson (who plays Tom), hosted by Flipside curators Vic Pratt and William Fowler.
BFI’s blu-ray will hit the streets on September 26th. Read on for the full details and list of extras.
• Newly remastered in 2K from preservation negatives and presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
• Return of the Living Dead (2010, 25 mins): interviews with stars Nicky Henson, Mary Larkin, Denis Gilmore, Roy Holder and Rocky Taylor
• Sound of Psychomania (2010, 9 mins): interview with soundtrack composer John Cameron
• Riding Free (2010, 7 mins): interview with ‘Riding Free’ singer Harvey Andrews
• An interview with Nicky Henson (2016, 14 mins): the star of Psychomania recalls his time on the film
• Hell for Leather (2016, 8 mins): documentary about Lewis Leathers who supplied the film’s costumes
• Remastering Psychomania (2016, 2 mins)
• Discovering Britain with John Betjeman: Avebury, Wiltshire (1955, 3 mins): the celebrated British poet narrates this travelogue about the Avebury stone circle and nearby burial grounds
• Roger Wonders Why (1965, 19 mins): a church-made amateur film which sees two Christian biker youths visit the legendary 59 Club, where they meet its founder, Reverend Bill Shergold
• Original theatrical trailer
• Wilson Bros Trivia Track (2016, onscreen text): a newly-produced subtitle trivia-track by the horror aficionado siblings
• Illustrated booklet with new writing by Vic Pratt, William Fowler and Andrew Roberts; and full film credits
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)