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Writer (WGA):
David Chaskin (written by)
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Release Date:
13 October 1989 (USA) See more »
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Virginia works at a used book store. She's really into horror novels and discovers a really good book... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jenny Wright ... Virginia

Clayton Rohner ... Richard
Randall William Cook ... Dr. Alan Kessler / Malcolm Brand
Stephanie Hodge ... Mona
Michelle Jordan ... Colette

Vance Valencia ... Sgt. Navarro
Mary Baldwin ... Librarian
Raf Nazario ... Lyle, Hotel Clerk (as Rafael Nazario)
Bob Frank ... Hotel Manager

Bruce Wagner ... Pianist
Kevin Best ... Black Actor

Steven Memel ... Lenny
Vincent Lucchesi ... Lt. Garber

Murray Rubin ... Sidney Zeit
Tom Badal ... Composite Artist
Roger La Page ... Acting Teacher
Nelson Welch ... Elderly Customer
James Quincey Hendrick ... Bus Driver
Jeff Yesko ... Patrolman

Mary Pat Gleason ... Policewoman
David P. Lewis ... Officer

Christopher Kriesa ... Sarge
Marty Levy ... Detective Fisk

Stan Roth ... Forensic Expert
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Gundy ... Balding Guy on TV
John Paul Young ... Max The Promotor (uncredited)

Directed by
Tibor Takács  (as Tibor Takacs)
Writing credits
David Chaskin (written by)

Produced by
Rafael Eisenman .... producer
Paul Mason .... executive producer
Patti Meade .... associate producer
Helen Szabo .... executive producer (as Helen Sarlui-Tucker)
Original Music by
Michael Hoenig 
Cinematography by
Bryan England (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Marcus Manton 
Casting by
Robert Litvak 
Ed Mitchell 
Production Design by
Matthew C. Jacobs  (as Matthew Jacobs)
Ron Wilson 
Art Direction by
Tori Nourafchan 
Set Decoration by
David A. Koneff  (as David Koneff)
Makeup Department
Bill Myer .... key makeup artist
Sandra Van Duyne .... assistant hair stylist
Randall William Cook .... special makeup effects (uncredited)
Production Management
Bob Manning .... unit production manager
Fima Noveck .... post-production supervisor
Patti Meade .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Cohen .... second assistant director
Roger La Page .... first assistant director
Art Department
Frank Bertolino .... property master
John Bick .... lead man
Michael D'Imperio .... assistant property master (as Michael Dimperio)
Roger Knight .... assistant property master
Ken Krugman .... swing man
Kathleen M. McKernin .... art department assistant (as Kathleen McKernin)
Sean Miley .... carpenter
William Robertson .... assistant property master (as Bill Robertson)
Alfred B. Taylor .... carpenter
Frank Taylor .... construction coordinator
Nick Thielker .... carpenter
Sound Department
William H. Angarola .... sound editor (as Bill Angarola)
Keith Bilderbeck .... sound editor
Doug Davey .... sound re-recording mixer
Wilson Dyer .... sound editor
Ron Fish .... special sound effects
Chris Haire .... sound re-recording mixer
Barbara Issak .... sound editor (as Barbra Issak)
Robert Janiger .... sound mixer
Jon Johnson .... sound editor
Mace Matiosian .... sound editor
Richard L. Morrison .... sound re-recording mixer (as Richard Morrison)
Miguel Rivera .... sound editor
George W. Scott .... boom operator (as George Scott)
Bill Wistrom .... supervising sound editor (as William Wistrom)
Alfred T. Ferrante .... adr/foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Frank Ceglia .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Jim Aupperle .... visual effects high speed photography
Randall William Cook .... artistic supervisor: special visual effects
Randall William Cook .... special visual effects creator
Randall William Cook .... stop motion animator
Randall B. Bishop .... stunt coordinator (as Randy Bishop)
Wally Crowder .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenny Bonet .... electrician
Kevin 'Rambo' Fitzgerald .... grip (as Kevin Fitzgerald)
Rory Flynn .... still photographer
Geoffrey George .... electrician
Mike Graham .... best boy
Matt Gulbin .... electrician (as Matthew Gulbin)
Mitch Gulbin .... electrician (as Mitchell Gulbin)
Kevin Hardy .... grip
John Harmon .... best boy grip
Gregory Irwin .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Greg Irwin)
Duane Journey .... key grip
Andrzej Kamrowski .... grip (as Andrze Kamrowski)
Kevin Larson .... electrician
Jerod Lazan .... second assistant camera
Caris Palm .... first assistant camera
Stephen Rocha .... gaffer
Ken Williams .... crane operator
Casting Department
Richard Holiday .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emily Kitos .... wardrobe assistant
Sylvia Vega-Vasquez .... wardrobe (as Sylvia Vega Vasquez)
Editorial Department
Dennis Brookins .... negative cutter
Deena Goldstein .... post-production coordinator
Bob Hagans .... color timer
Ariel Nachmann .... first assistant editor
Corinne Villa .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Bob Hunka .... music supervisor
Richard Whitfield .... music editor
John Massari .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Robert Arterburn .... driver
Fal Loa .... driver captain
James 'Obee' Oberman .... transportation coordinator (as Jim 'Obee' Oberman)
Other crew
Christine Bonnem .... location manager
Jim Dunlap .... assistant production auditor
Paulette C. Fine .... production auditor
Leigh French .... adr group coordinator
John Gundy .... assistant to director
Steve Holetz .... assistant location manager
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... production controller (as Avram Butch Kaplan)
Robert Katz .... production assistant
David E. Katzman .... production coordinator
Jon Kopaloff .... production assistant
Judy Saunders .... script supervisor
Bradford Scherick .... production assistant
Victoria A. Veiga .... assistant production coordinator
Jim Danforth .... thanks
The People of Los Angeles .... special thanks
Craig Reardon .... thanks
Bill Taylor .... thanks

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89 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

A theater in the background in one scene is supposedly showing Metal Messiah (1978), director 'Tibor Takacs'' feature film debut.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
References Metal Messiah (1978)See more »
Piano Sonata No. 3, Opus 58See more »


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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Reading violent books causes severe damage to the mind... Watch violent movies instead!, 8 January 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Even though the premise sounds very ordinary and repetitive, this late 80's thriller features an unusually great deal of tension and slick elements. Tibor Tikács' (love the name) "I, Madman" focuses on a young woman – Virginia – obsessed by reading bloody horror novels. She recently discovered the oeuvre of a bizarre but stylish writer named Malcolm Brand. Especially his book "I, Madman" fascinates her as it describes the acts of a horribly deformed doctor who kills people in order to make an actress fall in love with him. But fiction turns into reality when Virginia finds herself chased by the book's eerie doctor and murders are committed all around her. This film contains a few very bloody sequences but it's not at all a gore flick like so many other similar productions from that decade. The power merely lies in the subtly build up suspense-scenes (with excellent depressing images of a nearly pauperized city) and, especially, the presence of an ultra-grim monster! This mad doctor/writer/hurt romanticist is a fine horror creation that'll certainly appeal to every fan of the genre. Jenny Wright gives away a fairly good acting performance as the petrified heroine. Horror fanatics will surely recognize her from the outstanding vampire film "Near Dark" and a few years after this, she stars in "the Lawnmower Man", next to Pierce Brosnan. The hunky guy who plays her boyfriend Richard isn't very convincing as the police detective, though.

Horror in the 80's got marked by a few obvious milestones (The Evil Dead, Day of the Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street…) and an overload of meaningless slashers. Between all those, there are a couple of worthy gems to discover, and "I, Madman" definitely is one of them. Tikács did a professional directing job here and he clearly controls the horror tactics well. This unquestionably is his best work as he later made the overly silly "The Gate" films

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