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Madman (1981)

A legendary psychopathic murderer stalks a summer camp.

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Joe Giannone

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gaylen Ross ... Betsy (as Alexis Dubin)
Tony Fish ... TP
Harriet Bass ... Stacy
Seth Jones ... Dave
Jan Claire ... Ellie
Alex Murphy ... Bill
Tom Candela ... Richie (as Jimmy Steele)
Frederick Neumann Frederick Neumann ... Max (as Carl Fredericks)
Michael Sullivan Michael Sullivan ... Dippy
Paul Ehlers ... Madman Marz
Tom Veilleux Tom Veilleux ... Tommy
Stephen Clark Stephen Clark ... Jimmy
Vicki Kenneally Vicki Kenneally ... Mary Ellen
Shelley Mathes Shelley Mathes ... Shirley
Lori Mathes Lori Mathes ... Jeanie
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Storyline

At a summer camp for youths, cockey pre-teen calls out the name of mass serial killer "Madman Marz". Suddenly, counselors are being maimed and slaughtered in various ways by the backwoodsman who has returned when his name was called. Written by Humberto Amador

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They thought they were alone. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madman Marz See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The crew had to paint the leaves of trees and bushes green on location, because the film was being shot in winter, but was supposed to be set in warmer weather. See more »

Goofs

When Marz is holding Bill up in the air and is about to kill him, Bill cries out but his mouth doesn't match the words heard. See more »

Quotes

Max: Losing, winning - what's the difference? Play the game with a fair heart, and you'll always be able to look yourself in the mirror. Play too hard to win, and you might not like what you become.
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Featured in The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs: Madman (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the Fifth Wind
Sung by Tony Fish (as Tony Nunziata)
Written, Produced and Arranged by Gary Sales
© 1980 Gary Sales
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Slow, creepy atmosphere
7 May 2006 | by TikkinSee all my reviews

Madman is nowhere near as good as some would have you believe, but it does have a slow, creepy atmosphere. The one bit that I will always remember is when you see Madman's silhouette in the trees. That one shot of him alone saves this from being just a regular boring slasher film. It creeps you out enough so that the rest of the film seems ever more creepier as he stalks around the woods killing everyone off. There are plenty of dull moments including a love scene used for padding, and a lot of the time you will be waiting for something to happen. There is a hilarious scene where one of the girls hides herself inside a refrigerator. The ending somewhat spoils the creepiness that had been built up throughout, as we get to see Madman in full light and he just looks like a regular person in a rubber mask. It just goes to show how it's better to leave such things to the imagination.

This is an essential film for any slasher fan, but beware, it's only for those able to tolerate a slower paced slasher.


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