Friday, October 10, 2014

Milwaukee Film Festival 2014: PsychoPath

When you tell people you are going to see a movie called Psychopath they think it is going to be a scary horror movie not an inspirational movie.  But this is a documentary about a man that follows his dream and it's hard not to get inspired by that.

The story starts in 2005 when a garbage man Victor Marquez buys a piece of land in Oklahoma. With this property he sets out to build not your typical haunted hayride. He has a vision of elaborate set pieces based on popular horror movies. There is a stop based on Camp Crystal Lake from Friday the 13th, a guy with a chainsaw reminiscent of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and a puppet anaconda. His vision is grand and faces lots of problems. Besides the amount of money he is putting into the enterprise his neighbors are determined to stop it. As it gets closer to the planned opening the stress level goes up astronomically. The staff starts breaking down and Victor looks like he is going to lose his dream. But his wife Suzette stays by his side and is the rock that will do anything for Victor to see his dream come true. And after many setbacks it finally opens and every year grows. 

The movie is a great document of the American Dream. Like Field of Dreams it turns out if you build a haunted attraction they will come. The movie is inspiring and it's always great to see someone making his dream come true. But the movie is also about family. We learn about Victor's and Suzette's relationship and while it isn't always perfect they stay by each other and shows how important family is. 

Someone recently told me if a documentary leaves you wanting to know more then it did it's job. And this movie does that. There is so much more you want to know. You could just keep watching this family. 

Overall: 5/5 great movie that inspires us to follow our dreams and the power of family. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for that great review! I'm Manny's mama and am so very proud of this film! It's been such a roller coaster ride for both Manny and Victor with their respective projects but I couldn't be happier for them both!