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An axe-wielding maniac named 'Madman Marz' comes back to life and terrorizes a summer camp.

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Critic Reviews for Madman

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  • There's nothing remotely enjoyable about the experience of Madman, which misses the opportunity to exploit unlikely punchlines and buries its situations in a compost pile of muck, boredom and insufferably miscalculated technical merits.

    Oct 26, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Anyone compiling a supercut of the slasher genre's greatest hits would be wrong to exclude Madman's super-creepy shot of the shaggy Marz silhouetted up in a tree.

    Aug 4, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Fair enough, the dialogue is a bit cheesy and the characters aren't the most complex bunch of people you'll ever meet, nevertheless Madman has its stylistic accomplishments...

    Jan 31, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • It doesn't reach the iconic highs of "Friday the 13th," but "Madman" has its simple pleasures, including attention to character and an unusual interest in music to help secure its creepy intent.

    May 24, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Deliberately paced and far from frightening, but for slasher aficionados and viewers looking for solid laughs of the unintentional variety, there are few bloodied romps of its type with quite the same level of charm.

    May 21, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • At least the DVD is a worthwhile package, even if the flick is better left to the annals of your vague memory.

    Jan 9, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Madman

  • Oct 13, 2011
    Madman is a much better Slasher film than most people would care to admit. Sure, the film is derivative of other backwoods slashers such as Friday the 13th and The Burning, but this film is still a very entertaining, and fun Slasher with great kill sequences. Madman is an underrated Slasher film and doesn't get the credit it deserves. The film is very entertaining, and is a superb Slasher. The film has everything you'd expect from an effective Slasher, stupid characters, setting in the woods and of course a maniac. The film has plenty to offer a diehard horror fan bent on wanting the ultimate Slasher experience. Madman offers that. This is a well done Slasher film with good kills, a pretty good story and plenty of good chills. Sure the film has some weak moments that could have been improved upon, but for the most part, the film succeeds at having a good mix of tension, cheesiness and awesome kills. Madman is a Slasher film that horror fans should check out, and the film is definitely a satisfying film worth watching. Sure the film copies from other Slasher films. But name one film that doesn't rip-off a film that was previously released in the genre. Every Slasher film has been a clone of the previous one. Madman is good film that will appeal to the diehard horror fans. This is a must see film that shouldn't be dismissed too quickly. There are plenty of good things going on here, and there are lots of great, horrifying elements that make up a good Slasher film, and that should be enough.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2011
    Not a bad Friday the 13th rip-off, with some decent kills, even if they do lack a bit of blood. Beware the cheesy, cringe-worthy hot-tub scene though LOL! If you enjoy killer-in-the-woods slashers than this is well worth seeing. It also has a crazy but catchy theme tune too that'll stay in your head for months!
    Lee ? Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2010
    I really liked Madman even though it is just a repackaged Friday the 13th. The movie does away with Jason and replaces him with an overweight old crazy redneck named Madman Marz. Seriously this guy is scary because of how insane he looks; he has wild grey caveman hair, a crazy beard and a scar over his right eye. No wonder he is so angry. While looking him up on Google I saw that someone compared him to Harry from Harry & The Henderson's. They look almost identical. The movie begins with some camp councilors telling the tale of Madman Marz: a crazy dude that got axed in the face and hung, but he survived and ran into the woods. If you say his name above a dull roar he will come back and kill everyone in the camp. So what happens? Well one of the stupid teenagers decides to yell the name at the top of his lungs and well... you can pretty much guess what happens. Crazed killer kills stupid teens in the woods. The movie is full of your usual slasher movie killings. Axes, nooses, a car hood, his bare hands, pretty much anything he can get his nasty grey bloated hands on. He targets everyone that at the camp from the councilors to a poor cook. The actual killings are extremely low budget and look horrible, aside from one, the hanging. According to the internet the actor actually choked himself during the filming and turned a nice shade of blue and purple. That is dedication. The music is that really creepy synth that people used back in the 80's to make movies scary and aside from the killer, and some of the victims, everything else is just passable for a good horror movie. There is one girl in the movie who screams so much she literally gives her self away each time she hides. It is frustrating to watch. She is hiding in the shadows and it looks like Madman Marz might just walk by without noticing her, then she decides to let out a bloodcurdling scream and he finds her with an axe to the chest. Lets call a spade a spade and just say that this movie is a complete rip-off; it is hardly original and there are numerous things that drag this movie down. The only real thing that I respect about the movie is the dedication the actors put into making this film. This movie would be a fun addition to any slasher marathon; it would fall in great along side movies like Friday the 13th or Sleepaway Camp. Madman from 1982 gets a solid 3 from me. The creepiest thing is the credits at the end, and well if you're creeped out by a crazy redneck then this might be just down your alley. It all started during a campfire at North Sea Cottages, a special retreat for gifted children... S!D
    Brandon S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2009
    Wasnt to bad but wasnt to great either
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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