The boundaries of creativity are as limitless as space itself in sci-fi horror, meaning no shortage of fantastical and monstrous aliens that have terrorized the big screen over the decades. The latest example comes from horror-comedy PG: Psycho Goreman, the latest by Canadian filmmaker Steven Kostanski (Manborg, Leprechaun Returns, The Void).
“Featuring a supporting turn from Kostanski’s Astron-6 collaborator Adam Brooks (and a few other surprise cameos), PG (Psycho Goreman) introduces emerging stars Nita-Josée Hanna and Owen Myre as Mimi and Luke, a perpetually bickering sister/brother duo who unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord (Matt Ninaber) who’s been entombed in their backyard. The kids nickname the malevolent creature Psycho Goreman (or PG for short) who, thanks to their possession of a magical amulet, is forced to obey their childish whims.”
Psycho Goreman’s reawakening on Earth revives a quest for intergalactic dominance, drawing all sorts of allies and foes from across space. They’ll find they’ll have to contend with a feisty little Earthling, too.
PG: Psycho Goreman releases in theaters, On Demand & Digital on January 22. We revisit the most batshit, crazy sci-fi creations in horror in anticipation of the splatter-filled cosmic chaos.
The Giant Claw
The atomic ‘50s brought no shortage of creative monsters, beasts, and mutants, but the eponymous Giant Claw may have topped them all in absurdity. Global panic ensues when a mysterious UFO begins attacking aircraft, but eventually, it becomes clear that the object is a giant bird from another galaxy. Supersonic speed and size might have proven intimidating for the human protagonists, but look at that face. Who can be too upset or terrified by a wild vulture/ostrich thing from another planet?
John Carpenter’s feature directorial debut takes us 20-years deep into a mission to destroy unstable planets. The isolation and ship deterioration leads to hilarious catastrophe, including Sergeant Pinback’s (co-writer Dan O’Bannon) adoption of an adorable alien that resembles a beach ball. The little thing refuses to stay put, though, creating chaos and potential death.
Leprechaun 4: In Space
Even Leprechaun stuck to the sequel trend of sending its iconic monster to outer space. This time, the pint-sized villain aims to woo an intergalactic princess while battling space marines. Among the wacky hijinks that ensue, a deranged scientist sees his DNA spliced and becomes a “Mittenspider.” The Leprechaun (Warwick Davis) gets a massive kaiju upgrade for the climactic showdown.
The Putterman family finally gets satellite television, just in time for a freak blast of energy that sends a trash eating beast from an alien garbage disposal straight into their home via the TV. The Hungry Beast eats everyone that gets in his path, forcing the youngest Putterman to seek help from a local horror host. The Hungry Beast isn’t the type of alien you want in your home, but the friendly creature just can’t help himself.
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
The monster’s background often informs creature design. Its habitat and how it feeds play a role in whether the creature has big eyes or rows of teeth, as an example. In the Chiodo brothers’ cult favorite, their titular space aliens resemble circus clowns from Earth, and their method of prey capture matches. Cotton candy cocoons and attack popcorn feature as just some of the weapons for these colorful predators.
This entire movie is batshit, so of course, its alien creatures would be, too. The insanity kicks off with alien abduction, followed by an alien creature impregnating a woman who gives birth to the man abducted three years ago. That alien-man then looks for his son. There are psychically manifested big cats and toy soldiers, human juice-boxing, and bizarre egg-laying in the bathtub. It’s as outrageous as it sounds.
Stuart Gordon’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft goes hard on the gooey body horror when scientists tamper with reality. The more they lift the veil to an alternate reality, the more they’re altered as creatures invade. All of it is strange, but not as much as Dr. Tillighast’s (Jeffrey Combs) enlarged pineal gland or the massive pink mutation that Dr. Pretorius (Ted Sorel) becomes.
Big Man Japan
Masaru Daisatou transforms into a 100-foot giant and fights oversized monsters to protect Japan. These battles are televised, and ratings fluctuate depending on the creature fight. Despite Masaru Daisatou acting as the country’s hero, he faces ridicule and self-esteem issues that threaten his ability to protect. Big Man Japan goes heavy on the wacky kaiju, mockumentary style. Expect all sorts of weird monster mayhem.
Tokyo Gore Police
In the near future, a mad scientist in Japan created a virus that causes weapons to sprout from bodily injury. A privatized police force is tasked with dealing with this new mutant threat. Directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura, Tokyo Gore Police is a splatter flick that goes just as heavy on the bonkers mutant designs as it does the gore. It’s batshit in every way.
Sean Barker discovers a symbiotic biomechanical device that renders him a superpowered crime fighter. That comes in handy when alien Zoanoids come to retrieve it, putting the Earth in danger. The Guyver, loosely based on the manga, is packed full of sentai-like mayhem that pits the superhero against genetically created monsters. It’s directed by legendary special effects artists Steve Wang and Screaming Mad George, making this the perfect movie to watch in preparation for Psycho Goreman.
Psycho Goreman releases in theaters, On Demand & Digital on January 22