||This article includes a list of references, but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. (November 2012)|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Don Sharp|
|Produced by||Andrew Donally|
|Written by||Arnaud d'Usseau
|Music by||John Cameron|
|Edited by||Richard Best|
|Running time||95 min.|
Frequently revisited by nostalgic modern audiences for scenes filmed in the (now demolished and rebuilt) Hepworth Way shopping centre and Wellington Close housing block in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, it is also more obscurely known as Death Wheelers Are... Psycho Maniacs in Australia and The Death Wheelers in the United States.
Tom Latham enjoys riding his motorcycle with his girlfriend and loves his mother, but he is no ordinary fellow. He is an amiable teen psychopath, clearly modeled on Alex of A Clockwork Orange fame. Like Alex, he has an unusual pet (a toad) and a distinctive catch phrase, "hello, little green friend."
Tom is the leader of a violent teen gang, who ride motorcycles, dabble in black magic and call themselves "The Living Dead". In a similar vein, his mother and her sinister butler get their kicks out of holding séances in their home. With her help (and following in his father's footsteps), Tom makes a pact with the devil to return from the dead. One by one, he and his fellow bikers commit suicide with the goal of returning as one of the "undead". They failed, but the ones who do return gather together at a secret place called "The Seven Witches" (a circle of standing stones), after which they continue to terrorize the locals.
Two of Cameron's pieces from the score—"Witch Hunt (Title Theme from the Film Psychomania)" and "Living Dead (Theme from the Film Psychomania)"— were released in 1973 as a 7" single on the Jam label, using the artist name "Frog." This Frog record was reissued in 2011 by Spoke Records as a limited edition vinyl 7".
- George Sanders as Shadwell
- Nicky Henson as Tom Latham
- Mary Larkin as Abby Holman
- Ann Michelle as Jane
- Roy Holder as Bertram
- Denis Gilmore as Hatchet
- Miles Greenwood as Chopped Meat
- Peter Whitting as Gash
- Rocky Taylor as Hinky
- Robert Hardy as Chief Inspector Hesseltine
- Patrick Holt as Sergeant
- Alan Bennion as Constable
- John Levene as Constable
- Beryl Reid as Mrs. Latham
- Jacki Webb as Mother
- David Millett as Father
- Linda Gray as Grandmother
- Andrew Laurence as Grandfather
- Roy Evans as Motorist
- Bill Pertwee as Publican
- Seretta Wilson as Stella
- Denis Carey as Coroner's Assistant
- Stanley Stewart as Petrol Pump Attendant
- Lane Meddick as Mr. Pettibone
- June Brown as Mrs. Pettibone
- Ann Murray as Motorist
- Fiona Kendall as Monica
- Ernest C. Jennings as Blind Man
- Martin Boddey as Coroner
- Heather Wright as Girl with Parcels
- Penny Leatherbarrow as Woman in Police Station
- Larry Taylor as Lorry driver (uncredited)
- "Psychomania Locations". Psychomania.bondle.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
- "Psychomania: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
- "Psychomania". Trunkrecords.com. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
- "Spoke Releases: Home Page". Spokerecords.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
- Psychomania at the Internet Movie Database
- Psychomania at AllMovie
- Psychomania at Rotten Tomatoes