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I, Madman (1989)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  April 1989 (USA)
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Virginia works at a used book store. She's really into horror novels and discovers a really good book. It's called "I, Madman" and it's about an insane doctor who cuts off people's noses, ... See full summary »

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Randall William Cook ...
Dr. Alan Kessler / Malcolm Brand
Stephanie Hodge ...
Mona
Michelle Jordan ...
Colette
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Sgt. Navarro
Mary Baldwin ...
Librarian
Raf Nazario ...
Lyle, Hotel Clerk (as Rafael Nazario)
Bob Frank ...
Hotel Manager
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Pianist
Kevin Best ...
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Lenny
Vincent Lucchesi ...
Lt. Garber
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Sidney Zeit
Tom Badal ...
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Virginia works at a used book store. She's really into horror novels and discovers a really good book. It's called "I, Madman" and it's about an insane doctor who cuts off people's noses, ears, and hair and puts them on his face to please a girl he likes. Only Virginia discovers that the book is nonfiction, and every time she picks up the book to read it, she sees him. The insane doctor from the book has escaped the book into our reality. Written by Jason Mechalek

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A theater in the background in one scene is supposedly showing Metal Messiah (1978), director 'Tibor Takacs'' feature film debut. See more »

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Brand reaches through a bookcase to grab at Virginia with his left hand, but when the camera cuts to the other side of the bookcase, Brand has his left hand propped against the shelf and is reaching with his right hand. See more »

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The Four Seasons
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
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Conducted by Sigiswald Kuijken
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Creative idea with some great creepy bits
10 September 2013 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

Bookstore worker Virginia (Jenny Wright) finds herself the target of a slashing madman (FX guy Randall William Cook) when she starts reading the horror books of Malcolm Brand. The killer is utilizing pieces of his victims in order to reconstruct his mangled face, so this means anyone around Virginia is fair game. Naturally, no one believes her story including her detective boyfriend Richard (Clayton Rohner). Director Tibor Takacs followed up his surprise hit THE GATE (1987) with this interesting horror tale. While it never fully delivers on its awesome premise, I, MADMAN has enough good bits to make it worth seeing and Takacs gets inventive with the camera at times. Look for an in joke where Wright passes a movie theater showing METAL MESSIAH, Takacs' first film. Cook, who also worked on the FX in THE GATE and would go on to win Oscars for THE LORD OF THE RINGS series, is good as the unusual killer and also provided some stop-motion work here. Lead Wright was a bit of a horror staple back in this time period, having done this and NEAR DARK (1987). She hasn't done anything since the late '90s and, sadly, it appears she has a bad substance abuse problem nowadays.


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