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One of the better body-count knockoffs in the wake of Friday the 13th's screaming success, Madman starts out in familiar territory: a summer camp. The legend of berserk farmer "Madman Marz" is told in a campfire prologue. "It is said if you say his name above a whisper in the woods, he will hear you... and he will come for you." Needless to say, some idiot cries his name out and a hulking killer in overalls and a wild fright wig arrives with mayhem on his mind. He hacks his way through the camp counselors, lynching, chopping, beheading, and in general making a meat market of the twentysomethings. Director Joe Giannone executes it all with a little style and creativity, borrowing ideas from better-known productions: the ghost-story spookiness of John Carpenter's The Fog, a minimalist synthesizer score reminiscent of Halloween, a few nods to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and plenty of Friday the 13th-inspired stalk and slash. The film's only real weaknesses are its competent-at-best performances, but the effects are fine and the clichés are tweaked just enough to keep the audience guessing.

The DVD features commentary by director Giannone, producer Gary Sales, and stars Tony Fish and Paul Ehlers, along with TV spots and a trailer. --Sean Axmaker

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  • Actors: Gaylen Ross, Tony Fish, Harriet Bass, Seth Jones, Jan Claire
  • Directors: Joe Giannone
  • Writers: Joe Giannone, Gary Sales
  • Producers: Gary Sales, Sam Marion
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059H79
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,142 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Madman" on IMDb

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By Stanley Runk VINE VOICE on February 5, 2011
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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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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 have the advertising budget of the 80's slasher sequels. I love the look and overall feel of this movie. I won't even get into the purists' argument about the color being different and the restoration not "holding to the original look". This thing ain't up for any academy awards, it's just a good flick for a bowl of popcorn on the couch and getting your creep-out on. The backstory of Madman Marrs is pretty cool and the older gent telling the tale around the campfire delivers it perfectly. If there's one thing I think is a useless waste of film in the movie, it's that stupid hot tub scene. Almost torturous to watch. Fast forward is your friend there. I do love Madman's killing skills, and the old car-hood beheading is still pretty awesome for us gorehounds. The special features are actually pretty cool too. You get a "where are they now" update of the actors and stories and remembrances from those who participated. In addition, the old filming location is revisited. Best of all, you get to know the Madman himself. I still have my VHS copy of this movie, but I was tired of replacing drive bands on my VCR. So pony up and enjoy Madman on DVD.
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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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This is one of my favorite horror films to watch in the summer. The setting is at camp where they are telling ghost stories. The setting is very dark, atmospheric, gloomy and dreadful. It's a cool ghost story about the killer that comes back when you call his name Madman Mars.This movie has suspense and gore. It's perfect for any slasher movie fan. I liked it more than The Burning. I think any horror movie fan will enjoy this film. It's a good popcorn flick. Cheers
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