Madman (1982)

Here we have a pure, simple, and unadulterated 80s Slasher in the woods that meets and exceeds all of the basic prerequisites of the sub-genre during its peak. A group of teen camp councilors are stalked and killed by a legendary madman that lives in the nearby woods. Yep, thats it! The killer in this film is Madman Marz, a hulking farmer that was a womanizer and sadist, and was hung by the townspeople after he slaughtered his family with an axe, only to disappear. Whats greatest about this horror icon is that he bumbles around like a giant ape with an axe while grunting the entire film, but when it comes down to murderizing the teens.. It gets awesome. The film offers some of the most brutal and graphic slayings for the period, with absolutely no sense of self-editing in order to achieve a rating. There are axes to the chest, face, skull, and probably the crotch, along with a decapitation via truck hood and much, much more. The camp setting is all too familiar, but equally welcomed, and makes for plenty more terror in the woods. What makes the film even more fun is the absolutely dreadful / awesome over-acting by the homeliest group of 30yr old "teen" actors youve ever seen. Case in point:

On the technical side, the filming perfectly captures the look and feel of the 80s greats, though the writing is extremely bland and the film could be enjoyed just as much on mute. From start to finish, this is a conventional but awesome and often overlooked Slasher flick, and it is an absolute must-see for any Slasher fans!

Rating: 6/10.
Entertainment: 8/10.
Gore: 8/10.

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PS - I cant rightfully end this review without mentioning the hot tub scene. Honestly, who twirls around in circles slowly along the edge of a hot tub in order to seduce their mate?It looks like the two are in a washing machine.



  2. You liked this a lot more than I did and I love 80s slashers. I just thought it was really stupid and a lot of things in this film frustrated the hell out of me. That girl in the photo, in particular, should have died a lot sooner than she did. She hid in a fridge! What if Marz was hungry??

    Seriously, I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I just couldn't get into it. The hot tub scene was the least of the film's problems. I actually thought that was hilarious.

  3. Awesome review! I love this movie. One of my favorite obscuro slashers from the golden age of sex n' violence. Surprisingly, I've found they play ALL THE FUCKING TIME on I.F.C. (of all channels). They'll have an entire day devoted to pretentious French crap like The Dreamers, then at fuckin' 2 in the morning, all of a sudden, they'll whip out shit like this and The Burning. Crazy. I love it.
    Anyway, I'm glad to hear you dug my review of The Rejuvenator. If you ever see this bad boy stewin' in some flea market pile o' bargain-priced VHS tapes, I definitely recommend you give it a whirl. Not the greatest, but definitely deserves at least one viewing. Kind of an acquired taste, I think, but I guess you could really say that of every freakin' low budget/no budget horror movie released to the rental market during the 1980's Video Boom. One of the thing I think is actually pretty cool about Rejuvenator, actually, is the way that it actually tells a serious story, instead of just lobbing gore and random goofiness at the screen (like with most other movies released during the Video Boom, such as The Video Dead and Death Row Diner). Maybe takes itself a little too seriously, but still worth a watch, no doubt.
    Speaking of The Video Dead, thanks for checking out my review of that, too. Sorry to hear you didn't care for it as much as I did. It's not your fault you suck. Lol.
    Anyway, just droppin' you a line. Always cool to hear from ya. Keep schlockin'.
    Stay sick!

  4. Im all for rewatching it, I did find a lot to like there but overall Video Dead captured the essence of 80s direct to VHS-dome. Will watch it in your honor next time =D