Saturday, February 2, 2008

Madman (1981)

Fear 1/5
Gore 2/5
Entertainment 4/5
Creepiness 1/5

Madman is so by-the-numbers, so generic, that's it's a wonder people still have an interest in it. Like The Burning and countless other slasher films from that era, Madman centers on a group of camp counselors being stalked and picked off one at a time. The originality meter reads 0 on this one.

Maybe it's the fuck-awful dialogue and acting. maybe it's the incomprehensible script. Perhaps the brilliantly choreographed "love" scene that involved synchonized swimming in an enormous hot tub. It could be that the actors and actresses are not simply "unglamorous", but ugly. I'm not sure, but it all added up to a great movie for me to mock and talk back to.

There are some fun slashery kill scenes - beheading by car hood for example. And it ends rather grimly, another plus, but aside from the fact that you can really and truly point your finger at this and laugh about 75% of the time, it doesn't have much to offer. And yet, I was totally and mindlessly entertained. Maybe I've seen too many of these.....

- Complaint Dept


the fucking beard said...

i stumbled across this gem years ago when i wrote a review of summer camp movies. I too was entertained by it, despite the lack of originality. However, said love scene (featuring the character "TP", which we know because his belt buckle tells us so) is one of the most hilarious and fucked up scenes I have ever witnessed. I was so taken with his lazy eye troll face that I kept the DVD and to this day will whip it out to show anyone who will watch this particular scene.

Ironically, I think I witnessed this when I lived with Complaint Dept, but that must be wrong otherwise he would have seen it then instead of now.

CD said...

Maybe I did and just don't remember it. I was doing a lot of meth at that time.