A bookshop owner finds that an insane and murderous doctor from one of the store's horror novels has come to life.

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Randall William Cook ...
Dr. Alan Kessler / Malcolm Brand
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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 ...
Black Actor
Steven Memel ...
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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7 April 1989 (USA)  »

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$151,203 (USA)
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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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Piano Sonata No. 3, Opus 58
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Stephen Kelly
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Fun horror thriller, watchable, easygoing and likable
8 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I think this film gets a wee bit overrated on these pages, for though it is a well made, enjoyable effort and better put together than many slashers, especially the late period ones, it is hardly some great underrated gem. The plot and general course of events are predictable but compelling, as an avid reader of pulp horror finds herself pursued by a disfigured, murderous writer. The film has a neat Fifties pulp feel to it, though updated with more scares and a bit of bloodshed. Director Tibor Takacs maintains a constant sense of reality bending intrigue and though nothing is especially surprising, the film has such a well oiled, easy flow that its near impossible not to get caught up in it. The acting helps a treat, Jenny Wright is constantly appealing as the heroine, Clayton Rohner is effective in the clichéd unbelieving boyfriend role and Randall William Cook makes for a splendidly creepy villain. The dialogue is occasionally stilted, but it all fits the sorta campy tone. I could definitely have done with more gore, for while the kills are well filmed and have the rare skill of being effective without being graphic, there aren't too many and there are only really three notable grisly moments. The first kill is a cracker and sadly the later ones aren't as good, but they still just about work in the context. It helps that the effects, designed by Randall Willaim Cook, are pretty ace when they do appear. The film is sadly a bit underwritten, I could have done with more background and more explanation for what was going on, as well as perhaps some downtime to develop the characters a bit more. Its good fun while it lasts but it does rather streak by and afterwards I did have a number of questions about various plot and character points. Still, I can't really be too harsh on this one because very simply, I enjoyed it quite a lot. Worth a watch, though best not too expect fireworks.


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