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Madman [DVD]

Gaylen Ross , Tony Fish , Joe Giannone    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gaylen Ross, Tony Fish, Harriet Bass, Seth Jones, Jan Claire
  • Directors: Joe Giannone
  • Producers: Gary Sales
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Feb 2002
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UL62
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,124 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Early 1980s slasher classic. A group of counsellers at a summer camp gather around and one of them tells the story of Madman Marz, a farmer from roundabout these parts who one night butchered his wife and kids and disappeared into the woods never to be seen again. Rumour has it that if you say Mr Marz's name out loud, then he will come and get you. So that's exactly what one bright spark does, and sure enough, the young things soon have an axe-wielding maniac on their hands.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good! 24 Dec 2003
Format:DVD
this is a typical slashermovie, which i'm a huge fan of...Ofcourse this movie is based on the succes of "Friday the 13th" but which movie is really original now a days?? The movie begins with a campfire story, about a farmer who graps an axe and murders his wife and children After doing that, he goes to his favorite bar with the bloody axe in his hand and orders a beer...The other locals soon realise that he has murdered his family and they hang him with a rope around his neck...The morning after he is gone! So are the bodies of his wife&children and they have never been found. The legend tells us that if you call his name (MADMAN!), above a whisper, he comes for you and keeps on coming 'till you're dead! One of the campers ofcourse tries to be funny and calls Madman very loud! That's something he will regret...
This is the urban legend behind this movie and sets the tone...This is a kind of slasher that's scary and has inventive deadscenes. The caracters are exactly like they're always are...stupid! they go into the woods alone...go into places that a normal person would never go to...But that's the succes of this kind of films. Ofcourse, like a said earlier, there's a lot of ripoff from "Friday the 13th" but if you liked that one, you will also like "Madman" It's one of my favorite slasherfilms of the early 80's So I suggest you go and see this one. Even for a more than 20year old movie, it's still very welldone, the effects are good and the madman is scary!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't say his name! 19 Aug 2011
By West25
Format:DVD
A group of counselors and kids are sat around the fire at a camp for gifted children, when head counsellor, Max, tells the group the story of Madman Marz. He was a farmer that lived in the old house near the camp who killed his wife and two children years earlier, when the people from the local pub found out what he'd done, they hit him in the face with an axe and hung him from a tree. When they returned to cut him down the morning after, Marz is missing along with the bodies of his family. Max reveals that if the name Madman Marz is spoken above a whisper, then he'll come and kill everybody that disturbs him. One of the kids trying to act tough and show off, shouts Madman at the top of his lungs and throws a stone through a window of the old house. Once they've all returned to the camp, the counselors start getting picked off by Madman Marz in some gruesome death scenes.

The acting is very hit and miss, Gaylen Ross who was credited under the name Alexis Dubin for some reason was pretty good as Betsy. Ross only ever appeared in three movies which were Madman, Creepshow, and her most famous role as Francine, Flyboy's girlfriend in the original Dawn of the Dead. Carl Fredericks was also very good as Max, the head counselor. Most of the other actors are reasonably poor, Tony Fish as T.P is one of the worst but also the funniest. It was writer and director Joe Giannone's first and only movie, he died in 2006 and I'm very surprised he never did anything else as Madman was hugely enjoyable. There's a little bit of nudity and plenty of gore, some of the death scenes are excellent with body parts being hacked off and throats being slit. The make up effects are pretty good when it comes to gore, but the make up on Marz isn't the best, but he's kept in the shadows for the majority of the film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An almost forgotten classic 14 Mar 2009
Format:DVD
Had "Madman" come out before "Friday the 13th" it would be considered one of the great classichs of the slasher genre. So it is just a very entertaining movie. Admittedly, the story, as other reviewers have pointed out, is not that original, maybe even silly, the acting is not great, you will probably laugh at the make-up of Madman Martz, and the music sounds like someone is just trying out the new synthesizer, but there are some great scares and a number of reasonably inventive kills. Don't expect too much gore, though. What "Madman" is lacking in blood, it more than makes up with its chilling atmosphere, courtesy of dense woods and the old Martz house.

Definitely one of the better 80's slasher films and worth to be added to a true horror film fan's collection. Watch it with the commentary track on - it's just hilarious!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Axe-grinding mayhem. 27 Jun 2009
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Madman has some great early 80's atmosphere, average acting (O.K. so it was pretty bad), and a few gore scenes and some great and suspenseful moments. So it might be a ripoff of the Friday the 13th series and other slasher films like Sleepaway camp but it still managed to be a fun and enjoyable time. The camp counselors work in a camp for gifted children, they are not particularly that interesting and the acting was kind of lame especially that guy in the beginning (prologue) who sings The Madman Marz theme tune and yes I'm not kidding there is a theme tune. The story begins at a campfire where one of the counselors tells the tale of Madman Marz who killed his family and then went to the local bar to have a drink while he was covered in blood the local people decide to have their revenge by hanging him only to find out that he escaped and when someone says his name out loud several times he appears, as the tale finishes off one genius at the campfire decides to call out his name as a joke but off course he'll soon regret his decision. The makeup fx on Marz looks terrible and so corny that you just have to laugh however the death scenes were great like the decapitation under the car hood and a ripped out throat, some of the setup and chase sequences were very good and I also like the fact that one of the victims hides in a fridge which hasn't been done before. this was great early 80's slasher flick that's definitely worth watching. If you liked this film then I also recommend Black Christmas, Sleepaway camp, The burning, The hills have eyes (1977 & 2006) and Intruder.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Buy my copy cheap on eBay!
The slasher film sub genre has always been a favourite of mine.For every great slasher there must be ten lousy ones.Here is another lousy one. Read more
Published 5 months ago by G. Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire
Well, what can I say?

Really dated & predictable & I would not rush home from the pub specially to watch it.
Published 10 months ago by Derek John Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars madman
very good 80s horror movie good story to it i enjoy it every time i watch it not much blood but good story to it.
Published 11 months ago by Nigel Akerman
5.0 out of 5 stars micheal beck from the warriors. said.
he did a film before the warriors called madman. sig weaver from aliens is init. this aint it. which one is it.
Published 21 months ago by tango
5.0 out of 5 stars "..QUALITY 80'S HORROR.."
If your a massive fan of 80's slasher gore movies than this one should be in your collection!! A classic by the book horror that follows the rules, people in the woods, a legend... Read more
Published on 5 May 2012 by S. Drury
2.0 out of 5 stars GOOD FILM,BAD DVD TRANSFER!
FIRST OFF,THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY DVD RELEASE FROM CODE RED,THE FILM IS A REALLY GOOD SLASHER FILM FROM THE EARLY 80'S THAT CASHES IN ON THE SUCCESS OF FRIDAY THE... Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2011 by MICHAELM
4.0 out of 5 stars They thought they were alone.....
You know the scene, camp counsellors gather round a campfire telling ghost stories and we get to hear of Madman Marz who killed his wife and children with an axe before he was... Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2008 by I. R. Kerr
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor slasher film. Excellent commentary.
I won't bore you with a synopsis of this movie as it has already been detailed in another review, so I'll go straight in to what I thought of the film. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2008 by Lain
3.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth a Look...
By today's slasher flick standards, Madman is predictable. Yes it is a rip off of Friday the 13th and The Burning but it's still very well done. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best slashers
This movie was made in the early 80's, so that means it is really good. For some reason the slasher/horror movies after that (most of them anyway) started being stupid and over the... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2005 by Vincent Kersey
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