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I, Madman (1989)

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A bookshop clerk and wannabe actress starts seeing the disfigured killer from her 1950s pulp novels come to life and start killing people around her. She tries to convince her cop boyfriend, but to no avail.

Director:

Tibor Takács (as Tibor Takacs)

Writer:

David Chaskin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Wright ... Virginia
Clayton Rohner ... Richard
Randall William Cook ... Dr. Alan Kessler / Malcolm Brand
Stephanie Hodge ... Mona
Michelle Fozounmayeh ... Colette (as Michelle Jordan)
Vance Valencia ... Sgt. Navarro
Mary Baldwin Mary Baldwin ... Librarian
Raf Nazario ... Lyle, Hotel Clerk (as Rafael Nazario)
Bob Frank Bob Frank ... Hotel Manager
Bruce Wagner ... Pianist
Kevin Best Kevin Best ... Black Actor
Steven Memel Steven Memel ... Lenny
Vincent Lucchesi Vincent Lucchesi ... Lt. Garber
Murray Rubin ... Sidney Zeit
Tom Badal Tom Badal ... Composite Artist
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Storyline

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 terrifying new film from the creators of 'The Gate' See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

The shadows of the crew and equipment can be seen when Virginia enters her apartment carrying her groceries. See more »

Connections

References Metal Messiah (1978) See more »

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The Four Seasons
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by La Petite Bande
Conducted by Sigiswald Kuijken
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Reading violent books causes severe damage to the mind... Watch violent movies instead!
8 January 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

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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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$151,203
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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