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Madman (30 Year Anniversary Edition) (1982)

Gaylen Ross  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gaylen Ross
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Code Red
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TX8Q6K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,236 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Madman (30 Year Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Cha A** To Marz! February 5, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Over the years I've seen Madman gain momentum and become a much more popular horror film. Not within the mainstream of course(Madman isn't a household name by any means), but in the horror community. Thanks to DVD and the internet. I remember reading about this movie in a horror film review guide in my early teens, and it took a few years until I finally came across a used VHS copy(as a cult/horror film fan, the only thing I miss about the old VHS days is the thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction of finally getting my hands on something "special"). I wasn't blown away, but I enjoyed the movie, and now I have found as the years pass that I like it more with each viewing.
Being part of the early 80s slasher boom, it's dismissed by critics and moviegoers as just another violent Friday the 13th clone. Though Madman and it's brethren owe their existence to Friday the 13th, most slasher films do indeed have their own styles and personalities. Madman, though it follows the typical slasher film slice-and-dice dynamic, has it's own unique touches and it's own character to seperate itself from the pack. Like FT13TH, it takes place at a summer camp, but where FT13TH's mayhem was before the camp's opening, Madman's is on the final night. The spooky campfire tale of Madman Marz and his legendary massacre soon become reality for the campers and counselors as the legend himself makes an appearance(thanks to an arrogant kid disobeying the Madman Marz rule of not speaking his name out loud). So with axe in hand, Marz takes out everyone in his path and stores their bodies in his farmhouse. Only Gaylen Ross seems to have the guts to stand up to the guy. One of the cool things here is that Madman Marz is more of a boogeyman rather than a psycho taking bloody revenge for some tragedy from years before.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madman works! December 2, 2001
I'm not sure what attracted me to this movie, but whatever it was, I'm glad I checked it out. I've always been a fan of slasher flicks (maybe it has something to do with the fact that I was born in 1980, around the time the founding fathers of slasher flicks were releashed -- Halloween and Friday the 13th). The slasher genre is probably my favorite because there are so many films from which to work when reviewing a slasher.
Madman takes place at a camp, complete with kids, teenage camp counselors, and the old guy who's supposed to be making sure the teenagers are watching the kids and not having sex with one another all of the time. The old guy's name is Max (Carl Fredericks) and we start out listening to one of his "campside stories." The story he spins for everybody is that of Madman Marz. A number of years ago, Max tells us, a farmer butchered his entire family and then went to the tavern for a beer. Although the town hanged him for his crimes, Marz escaped into the woods and was never heard from again. Max warns his camp not to say the name Madman Marz above a whisper or else they'll piss Marz off and he'll come to get them. At this point, your classic punk stands up and starts mocking the whole story, screaming out "Madman Marz!"
The Max character is weird because he doesn't act like your typical old guy -- he doesn't mind the teens drinking beer, he doesn't mind scaring the hell out of the little kids, and he always seems to know more than he's letting on. I've wondered whether or not Max was actually Marz. By the end of the movie, I was still not convinced that he wasn't. Max and Marz were played by different actors, but could there be a secret in the storyline that link Max and Marz?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten cult classic March 3, 2001
The first time I saw Madman was on a bad quality VHS release from a South African backdoor video store. It scared me then and it still scares me now, twenty years later. This is a sound horror flick with creative art direction and cinematography. From homage to direct creative theft, this motion picture is a best-of compilation with the most effective cinema tricks beautifully orchestrated to create a truely horrific motion picture. The down side is the "pornographic" acting and very weak dialogue. The characters all seem a little like clubbed seals and by the end of the flick, you are cheering the villain for putting them out of their misery. In parrallel to the cult classics, bad acting never seems to hamper a film's success or bottom line- especially in the Horror genre. This is a DVD any self-respecting horror fan should own. I would have preferred a better remaster and possibly more special features. The sound quality is fair as is the picture. Hopefully the studio can get it together for a more impressive 25th Anniversary edition.. I'll buy both.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Good Early 80's Cheese! October 25, 2005
By Guido
Ah yes, the early 1980's were a glorious time for cheesy unoriginal horror films that seemed to come out every other week, looking to cash in on the huge success of "Friday The 13th"

Enter "Madman". This is a must see for fans of late 70's and early 80's slasher flicks! It's got that lost in the woods camera work that's absent in so many of today's horror movies.

Considered by some to be an unsung slasher classic, Madman Marz follows six counselors at a summer camp for gifted children. After hearing the legend of Madman Marz, the local maniac who slaughtered his family, who will supposedly appear if someone calls his name loudly enough. A young camper, indeed decides to tempt fate by yelling his name. Soon afterward the counselors, one by one, become victim to the Madman!

"Madman" has all the elements of the great early 80's cheese that fans of the genre appreciate. The awful acting, dated clothing and cheesy special effects that is expected from a movie made in 1982. Not an awful movie but one you'll most likely forget afterwards. Worth an evening for the avid early 80's slasher filck fans.

On a side note, the actors and actresses in this movie were the ugliest people I've ever seen in an early 80's slasher flick.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's fun and should not be taken too seriously...
Madman is not an amazing film. It's a low budget experiment in the (then immensely popular) campgrounds "slasher" genre. Read more
Published 4 months ago by what could have been
3.0 out of 5 stars an ok horror film
It is very nice to be able to have this on DVD finally. I was excited to get this when I did, but I found out there are much better horror/slasher films out there from this time... Read more
Published 6 months ago by nolaboy2003
4.0 out of 5 stars A lost slasher classic
I really don't know how I found out about this movie but man I'm glad I did. This is a lost slasher gem from the 80s that's now in my top 10 slasher films of all time. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cward55
4.0 out of 5 stars "Now It's Time For My Story!"...
MADMAN opens w/ someone singing a spooky song, followed by the gruesome story of the vengeful MADMAN MARZ being told around a campfire. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad Man
Great Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Better then Jason!!!!!!!
I first saw it when I was 11 or so and I never forgot it !!!!!!!!
Published 11 months ago by BMC99
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Slashers of the 80s
This is one of my favorite horror films to watch in the summer. The setting is at camp where they are telling ghost stories. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cagneyfan67
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected better!
I went into this expecting better. I thought this was going to be a very exciting, unique slasher but it turns out it was little more than another Friday the 13th. Read more
Published 15 months ago by GSD
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL!
Awhile back, I found a list of "forgotten slasher gems" and I have slowly been working my way through awful movie after godawful movie. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Aaron Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't say his name above a whisper.
Horror movies are like Neil either love 'em or hate 'em. Madman, in my opinion, is one of those great campy movies that slipped through the cracks because it didn't... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars MADMAN
Great movie! Arrived on time. It was just as good as I remember it from childhood!! Great job Amazon! I had a hard time finding this movie elsewhere too.
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New DVD on the way!
As I understand it, the release date for this new DVD is this September 28, 2010

So those of you selling your out of print Anchor Bay copies for outrageous prices, be prepared for DVDs to be worth nothing after September 28. You wont be able to get a nickel for them after this new re-release
Sep 11, 2010 by bmovies |  See all 3 posts
Any Information on this Release?
I know it has a new transfer and a new interview feature. It may have the commentary from the Anchor bay release also.

More info on Code Red releases check out there blog at,
Jul 18, 2010 by D. Holt |  See all 3 posts
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