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Director: James F. Hurley / Herschell Gordon Lewis
Label: Something Weird Video
When Something Weird was first released in 1967, its screenwriter and producer, JAMES F. HURLEY, was apparently not impressed, feeling that director HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS had undermined what he considered to be a serious insight into the mysteries of ESP. As a result, Hurley (an associate of minor psychic Peter Hurkos) decided to helm his own exploration of the sixth sense, enlisting Lewis’ services as a cinematographer. However, the resultant film couldn’t be sold so Herschell stepped in again and hastily added a few softcore sex scenes, instantly making the film commercial enough for grindhouse audiences where the film was ultimately released under the odd moniker Copenhagen’s Psychic Loves. (Watch the size of lead actor DICK GENOLA’s sideburns drastically fluctuate between the old footage and the new.)
Not surprisingly, The Psychic borrows a number of central themes from Something Weird. In both, a handsome, arrogant young man suddenly has the powers of ESP thrust upon him. ln this one, Dan Thomas (Genola), a married advertising executive with wandering hands and a young daughter, falls off a ladder while repairing his roof and finds himself able to predict the future and read people’s minds. After leaving his wife and daughter, Dan sleeps with his sister-in-law, then forms a tacky nightclub act with Bobbi (BOBBI SPENCER), a sexy young blonde whom he picks up in a bar. But Dan’s scruples are non-existent, and he drops Bobbi like a hot potato when the offer of establishing a solo career in New York is extended to him.
Arriving in the Big Apple, Dan is immediately set up by his new agent for an important guest spot on the popular Jerry Larson TV show where Dan will appear alongside beautiful film star Valerie Parker (CAROL SAENZ). The appearance turns into a disaster when a simple prediction Dan makes is proven wrong, Valerie ridicules him as a failure, and Dan reacts by reading her mind and publicly exposing her as a lesbian (cut to a timely little insert depicting two naked women -- one white, one black - rolling around on a bed together)! But Dan’s life and career really hit rock bottom when his daughter is kidnapped by a pervert, and he tries to use his powers to solve the case as a cheap publicity stunt...
Loaded with bright colors, The Psychic has a strange look to it - it’s like an episode of some late 1960’s sitcom but filled to the brim with sex and sleaze. That none of the cast members seem to have any idea of what’s going on just adds to its schizophrenic style.
From the mind-corrupting 35mm negative "in Astonishing Color!" - John Harrison, Reel Wild Cinema