Madman (Horror) [Movie/Review]

4/10

Year: 1981
Genre: Horror
Source: Blu-Ray (Arrow)

THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE ALONE.

Gather around the campfire, and hearthe tale of Madman Marz – an ill-tempered farmer who, one dark night, chopped up his wife and two children into pieces. When the locals learned of his heinous crimes, they exacted revenge – sinking an axe into his head and hanging him from a nearby tree. But the next day, Marz’s body was gone…

Thus the camp counsellor finishes his tale, closing with the warning never to say Marz’s name above a whisper, lest the hideously-deformed farmer comes looking for them. Naturally, the first thing that one of the young campers does is calls out Marz’s name – precipitating a terrifying night of murder, mayhem and sexy Jacuzzi vignettes!

So, I tried this once again. It’s two times within six months. But I still don’t like it at all.

The movie starts with someone who clearly can’t sing, he don’t care and sings for us anyway in what feels like forever. This is soon followed by an endless ”romantic” bading scene.

Then the killing starts, and we get a lot of shitty loud sound effects when there’s a dangerous situation, badly filmed close calls when someone almost gets catched by the madman, Ellie a retarded (she is, right?) camp counselor (how did she get the job) and birdface as an annoying last girl. All this could be forgiven if it wasn’t so awfully one dimensional, one person goes out in the forest to check something out, then killed. Then the next person does the same, and the next, and the next. The only thing that stops me for giving this an even lower rating is that the effects are pretty good.

Arrows new 4k transfer blu-ray edition looks great and there are a lot of extras.

  • Brand new 4K transfer from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director Joe Giannone, Madman stars Paul Ehlers and Tony Fish and producer Gary Sales
  • Audio Commentary by The Hysteria Continues
  • The Legend Still Lives! Thirty Years of Madman – a feature-length retrospective documentary on the slasher classic including interviews with various cast and crew
  • Madman: Alive at 35 – Sales, Ehlers and star Tom Candela look back at the making of Madman, 35 years after it was filmed
  • The Early Career of Gary Sales – the Madman producer discusses his career in the film industry
  • Convention interviews with Sales and Ehlers
  • Music Inspired by Madman – a selection of songs inspired by themovie, including the track ‘Escape From Hellview’ from former CKY frontman Deron Miller
  • In Memoriam – producer Sales pays tribute to the some of the film’s late cast and crew, including director Giannone and actor Tony Fish
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Stills & Artwork Gallery with commentary by Sales
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
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