director Joe Giannone
1982’s Madman might be a fringe slasher but it’s got such a quintessential poster/video box image that it belongs on the top shelf by the big boys of the genre.
Actually, I quite enjoyed it. Independently produced in NY, the story of Madman Marz, an urban legend invoked into murderous return, features some creative FX and a few gruesome dispatches, but most of all it’s got Madman Marz himself, a sort of demonic backwoods grandpappy back from the grave, missing part of his nose, and wielding a ax. He’s also got outsized monster hands and feet for good measure.
Eminently enjoyable, an indie period slasher doesn’t actually have to be a great movie, it just has to be fun.