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I, Madman (1989)

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

Director:

Tibor Takács (as Tibor Takacs)

Writer:

David Chaskin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Wright ... Virginia
Clayton Rohner ... Richard
Randall William Cook ... Dr. Alan Kessler / Malcolm Brand
Stephanie Hodge ... Mona
Michelle Jordan Michelle Jordan ... Colette
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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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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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Capa do Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$151,203
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

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

Connections

Featured in Ripped from the Pages: The Making of I, Madman (2015) See more »

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Seven Hours Later
Music by John Debney
Performed by John Debney
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sinister and scary
30 April 2008 | by trvwatsonSee 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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