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I, Madman (1989)

 -  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 ...
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Raf Nazario ...
Lyle, Hotel Clerk (as Rafael Nazario)
Bob Frank ...
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Vincent Lucchesi ...
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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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21 October 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"I, Madman" is an inspired, imaginative low budget horror gem, one that may well be overlooked considering it was released in a decade dominated by one slasher film after another. It's worth seeking out, as it has a neat premise, is better acted than a good deal of B movies, features some enjoyable visual effects, and comes up with an effective finish. The sometimes literate script is the work of David Chaskin ("A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge"), and in the directors' chair is Tibor Takacs of "The Gate" fame.

The lovely Jenny Wright ("Near Dark"), an interesting actress who really should have been more of a star, is top billed here as Virginia, a book store employee and acting student who begins reading the pulp writings of an obscure author named Malcolm Brand. What she finds is that reading the lurid but compelling material somehow causes events from the book to be manifested in reality. The demented Brand, played by visual effects specialist Randall William Cook (whose credits in that capacity include "The Thing", "Ghost Busters", "Fright Night" '85, and the "Lord of the Rings" series) is then able to go about his life's work, which results in the deaths of several people.

Any horror fan who gets tired of the "same old, same old" needs to give "I, Madman" a try, especially if they're an avid reader and believe in the power of the written word. It's gory at times, but never gratuitously so, and features an incredible creature creation, a "jackal boy". Wright is appealing in the lead, and Clayton Rohner ("April Fools' Day" '86, "The Relic") is likable as her weary boyfriend, a police detective. Cook is quite good as the antagonist; he really does get under your skin. Steven Memel as Lenny and Stephanie Hodge as Mona provide engaging supporting performances. The pacing is acceptable and the movie does deliver some great shocks. Overall, it deserves to be better known.

It would make a good double feature with John Carpenters' "In the Mouth of Madness".

Eight out of 10.


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