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

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Tibor Takács (as Tibor Takacs)

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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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Country:

USA

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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$151,203
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Ultra Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The script for this movie draws heavily from a short story by Julio Cortázar called "La continuidad de los parques." 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 »


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The Four Seasons
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by La Petite Bande
Conducted by Sigiswald Kuijken
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Creative idea with some great creepy bits
10 September 2013 | by udar55See all my reviews

Bookstore worker Virginia (Jenny Wright) finds herself the target of a slashing madman (FX guy Randall William Cook) when she starts reading the horror books of Malcolm Brand. The killer is utilizing pieces of his victims in order to reconstruct his mangled face, so this means anyone around Virginia is fair game. Naturally, no one believes her story including her detective boyfriend Richard (Clayton Rohner). Director Tibor Takacs followed up his surprise hit THE GATE (1987) with this interesting horror tale. While it never fully delivers on its awesome premise, I, MADMAN has enough good bits to make it worth seeing and Takacs gets inventive with the camera at times. Look for an in joke where Wright passes a movie theater showing METAL MESSIAH, Takacs' first film. Cook, who also worked on the FX in THE GATE and would go on to win Oscars for THE LORD OF THE RINGS series, is good as the unusual killer and also provided some stop-motion work here. Lead Wright was a bit of a horror staple back in this time period, having done this and NEAR DARK (1987). She hasn't done anything since the late '90s and, sadly, it appears she has a bad substance abuse problem nowadays.


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