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


(as Tibor Takacs)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Randall William Cook ...
Dr. Alan Kessler / Malcolm Brand
Michelle Jordan ...
Sgt. Navarro
Mary Baldwin ...
Raf Nazario ...
Lyle, Hotel Clerk (as Rafael Nazario)
Bob Frank ...
Hotel Manager
Kevin Best ...
Black Actor
Steven Memel ...
Vincent Lucchesi ...
Lt. Garber
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)  »

Also Known As:

A Capa do Terror  »

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Was retitled "Hard Cover" for Australia. See more »


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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sinister and scary
30 April 2008 | by (london) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie a year after it came out, it was 1989, i was 14, and i have never been so scared in my life, I've just watched it again, and while its still scary i am now 32.

While a lot of horror films from this time focused on annoying teenagers being slashed up. this deranged killer was far more interesting and sadistic, (it seems they took ideas from jack the ripper with the killer in black with brief case and piercing eyes while walking round misty murky streets)) there is one scene near the beginning, a killing of an actress that is so bloody and gore fested that at 14 i threw up.

some of the acting is deliberately done bad, actors sometimes have to do this to make the movie look more enigmatic this seems the case with the lead actress jenny wright, I've seen her in other movies and she can most definitely act, the movie also has this 50's look about it, as the killer time travels his way out of her book.

The only thing that i found fault with, was the murder scenes were not that gory, (apart from the redhead)but still it was very atmospheric and sinister, and you won't be disappointed if you watch it.

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