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Joe Giannone (screenplay)
Joe Giannone (story)
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Release Date:
1 January 1982 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Don't say his name! See more »
Plot:
At a summer camp for youths, cockey pre-teen calls out the name of mass serial killer "Madman Marz"... See more » | Full synopsis »
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1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Gaylen Ross ... Betsy (as Alexis Dubin)
Tony Fish ... T.P.
Harriet Bass ... Stacy
Seth Jones ... Dave
Jan Claire ... Ellie
Alexander Murphy Jr. ... Bill (as Alex Murphy)
Tom Candela ... Richie (as Jimmy Steele)
Carl Fredericks ... Max
Michael Sullivan ... Dippy
Paul Ehlers ... Madman Marz
Tom Veilleux ... Tommy
Stephen Clark ... Jimmy
Vicki Kenneally ... Mary Ellen
Shelley Mathes ... Shirley
Lori Mathes ... Jeanie
Jane Pappidas ... Marz's Wife
Travis Sawyer ... Marz's Son
Deidre Higgins ... Marz's Daughter

Directed by
Joe Giannone 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joe Giannone  screenplay
Joe Giannone  story
Gary Sales  story

Produced by
Sam Marion .... executive producer
Gary Sales .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stephen Horelick 
 
Cinematography by
James Lemmo  (as James Momel)
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Loewenthal  (as Dan Loewenthal)
 
Art Direction by
Will Scheck  (as William Scheck)
 
Costume Design by
Paulette Aller 
 
Makeup Department
Johanne Hansen .... makeup artist (as Jo Hansen)
 
Production Management
Kevin Dowd .... unit manager
Bruce Sager .... assistant unit manager
Mark Silverman .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martha Mitchell .... second assistant director
Mark Slater .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Paul Kramer .... props assistant
Lee Schattino .... on-set props (as Lee Schettino)
Jorge Toro .... additional art
 
Sound Department
Richard W. Haines .... sound effects editor (as Richard Haines)
Ron Harris .... additional sound
Skip Lievsay .... sound effects consultant
Bill Meredith .... sound (as William Meredith)
Aaron Nathanson .... sound re-recording mixer
Bernard Nobel .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Richard Alonzo .... prosthetics (as Rich Alonzo)
William Depaolo .... special effects
Rob E. Holland .... special effects (as Rob Holland)
John Luckacovic .... special effects (as John Luckavic)
Joseph Rosario .... hemoglobin application
Matt Vogel .... special effects
 
Stunts
Christopher Catt .... stunt coordinator
Arthur Goldweit .... stunt coordinator
Edgard Mourino .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Berner .... grip
Gary Di Toro .... loader
Tony Giarratano .... key grip (as Anthony Giarratano)
Denis Hann .... gaffer (as Dennis Hann)
Denis Hann .... grip (as Dennis Hann)
Claude Kerven .... key grip
Don Muchow .... best boy
Rick Owen .... gaffer
Paul G. Sanderson III .... second assistant camera
Peter Spera .... first assistant camera
Peter Yolles .... grip
 
Editorial Department
Elizabeth Kling .... assistant editor
Darren Kloomok .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Carl Arnold .... music recording engineer
Gary Sales .... musical director
 
Other crew
Elliot Brown .... legal counsel
Michea Caye .... office coordinator
Anthony Cipolla .... spiritual advisor
Larry Confino .... production assistant
Paul Ehlers .... logo designer
Dave Gittelman .... production assistant
David Harris .... script supervisor
Mary A. Kelly .... script supervisor (as Mary Kelly)
Sheila McLaughlin .... production assistant
Stan Rosenzweig .... location chief
Bruce Sager .... assistant to producer
H. Gerald Schiff .... accountant
Dominique Theron .... production assistant
Ken Winber .... production assistant
 
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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Iceland:(Banned) | Norway:18 (cut) | UK:18 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The production originally wanted Vincent Price for the role of Max.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Marz is holding Bill up in the air and is about to kill him, Bill cries out but his mouth doesn't match the words heard.See more »
Quotes:
[first title card]
Title Card:It all started during a campfire at North Sea Cottages, a special retreat for gifted children...
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The ogre and the axe, 6 September 2014
Author: violetmoreviolent from Portland, Oregon, USA

"Madman" is essentially an early '80s retread of the summer camp slasher (done exponentially better by "Friday the 13th" and "The Burning" before it, and "Sleepaway Camp" after it). In the beginning of the film, a group of camp counselors and preteens are around a campfire— it's the week before Thanksgiving (who goes to camp in November?), and since the camp is shutting down, the counselors decide to tell the story of a local farmer named Madman Marz who hacked his family to death with an axe. One of the counselors decides it would be a good idea to call out his name to the surrounding woods, and lo and behold, when they come a'calling, he comes a'killin'.

Hailed as a cult film by many fans, I'm halfway baffled as to why so many consider "Madman" to be as extraordinary as they do. It's not that the film suffers from being routine— that's expected from an '80s slasher epic— but there are a lot of other issues with it that leave something to be desired. The script, for one, is beyond hokey, and the villain himself is about the least scariest maniac I can recall on film— an ogreish redneck in overalls with a clearly prosthetic face? It just ain't scary, folks. Lackluster performances and truly indistinguishable characters don't help much either.

The film does feature some really great photography at times, especially during the nighttime sequences in the woods, which make up the bulk of the film, but incredibly dodgy editing and an abrasive synth score detract from the moodiness of the proceedings. Even the darkness of the upstate New York forest and the musty cabins of the camp fail to establish a solid sense of atmosphere here, and the film suffers for it. There are a couple of gruesome killings, but by and large even the murder sequences are anticlimactic. Perhaps the film's most indubitable sin, however, is that it flashes the murder sequences of each character across the screen in the opening campfire scene. I mean, obviously we know that most of them are going to die anyway, but why strip any potential surprise from a virtually incredulous film?

It's not that I have a bias to the summer camp/backwoods slasher either, nor did I want to dislike this film. There are dozens of films that follow this thread which I am a fan of: "The Burning," "Friday the 13th," "Just Before Dawn," "The Final Terror"— the difference with those films though is that, despite their formalities, they excel in other areas and are able to distinguish themselves because of it. "Madman" doesn't do that; the most it has to offer is some neat nighttime cinematography, a ridiculous hot tub sex scene, and perhaps the most absurd theme song in film history. Highlights: the eerie silhouette of Madman in the tree (as depicted on the 2003 Anchor Bay cover art), and the downbeat ending. 4/10.

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