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Writer (WGA):
David Chaskin (written by)
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Release Date:
April 1989 (USA) See more »
Lose Yourself in a Good Book See more »
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)
Ray Quintana .... commentary re-recordist (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
Brad Wood .... key grip
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
David Strand .... post-production assistant
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | South Korea:12 (theatrical rating) (cut) (1990) | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:16

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 »
Crew or equipment visible: The shadows of the crew and equipment can be seen when Virginia enters her apartment carrying her groceries.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Metal Messiah (1978)See more »
The Four SeasonsSee more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Is It Fact Or Fiction!, 21 October 2010

Well back in the day when I was an impressionable teenager, I couldn't even tell the difference between such things as fact or fiction. That being said I always knew a pretty decent horror movie when I saw one.

This little gem first caught my attention when I caught the trailer prior to it's initial release, and much like many a movie with a decent trailer I just knew that I had to see it.

The trailer I saw courtesy of Entertainment in Video announced the title as 'Hardcover' Of course I never realised that the movie was actually called 'I Madman' which was the better title, and which currently graces my MGM retail release which is sitting right by my side as I write these very words.

The 1980's were a good time for horror movies, and they were also a good time for me when it came time for me discovering the many gems that sprawled themselves across the videostore shelves, I still remember hiring the likes of 'Pumpkinhead' 'Killer Klowns From Outer Space' 'Retribution'.

As with most movies that I liked and revered down through the years there have been some that haven't quite stood the test of time, 'Society' springs to mind, that being said, certain elements of 'I Madman' have always remained within my memory.

Having just watched the movie prior to writing these words, it struck me just how visually stunning the movie was and more importantly just how good the script written by David Chaskin was.

Filled with many a wonderful set piece, director Tibor Takacs really knew what to do with the camera, and aided superbly by the acting talent he had to work with, Jenny Wright as Virginia the bookstore clerk who begins to find herself immersed within the hideous world of the mad scribe Malcolm Brand, always had a very distinct acting style, very distant but always alluring, a prime example of this was her star turn in Eric Red's ultra cool 'Near Dark'.

Also on hand and acquitting himself admirably was Clayton Rohner, (who I'll always remember from Nigel Dick's 'P.I. Private Investigation')as Virginia's detective boyfriend, who can't quite bring himself to believe anything that Virginia's tells him, as he attributes her flights of fancy to her taste in reading material written by the villain of the piece Malcolm Brand.

If truth be told one of the best performances in the movie comes from Murray Rubin as Brand's publisher Sidney Zeit, the way he talks, his mannerisms and the interior of his office just encapsulate that closed in world of the low rent publisher.

Kudos also must go to Randall William Cook, who not only does he appear as the titular on screen villain, but he also doubled as the special effects creator, truly rocks as the lovesick Brand, who'd do just about anything for the love of his life(and if you haven't seen the movie, just wait and see and wait for your jaw to drop when you see what he's done to his facial features).

Director Takacs might not have directed anything of note in the last decade of so, but this movie along with the original 'The Gate' stand as a testament to his directing talents and as for scriptwriter David Chaskin, yes he might have been lambasted for his scripting of 'Nightmare On Elm Street 2' but through this movie he truly showed that he really had an ear for good dialogue and attention to detail when it came to setting a good gore laden set piece.

It really is too bad that the MGM release doesn't have a director's commentary attached to it, as it would have been nice to hear how the movie was financed and put together.

This movie would make a good companion piece with John Carpenter's 'In The Mouth Of Madness' and as a stand alone feature, this horror movie really delivers upon the promise of it's trailer and it's artwork cover, plus it's a true testament to it's abilities to chill and entertain twenty plus years later.

Loose yourself in this great little horror curio tonight, you'll be awful glad you did! Without hesitation, 10/10

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