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Madman (1981)




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

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Paul Ehlers
as Madman Marz
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Critic Reviews for Madman

All Critics (9)

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.

October 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.

August 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...

January 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.

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

Audience Reviews for Madman


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 roy
Alex roy

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There is a grand total of 1 shot in this movie that I found effective, and that has a lot to do with smoke and back-light. I've seen EVERYTHING in this movie done before and done better. For complete-ists only.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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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!

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Lee ?

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