Summer is practically here horrorfiends! and for many horror fans that means summertime horror films. and what can be more of a summer time horror film then that of the summer camp slasher film, particularly ones from the 1980s. Now i know i covered “The Burning” last summer and since this blog is all about HIDDEN HORRORS i will of course never cover the friday the 13th movies because those are surely not Hidden Horrors, no this time i will be covering another summer camp slasher film that is well loved by horror fans but normal movie goers never heard of it, it is MADMAN!
At a summer camp for youths, cockey pre-teen calls out the name of mass serial killer “Madman Marz”. Suddenly, counselors are being maimed and slaughtered in various ways by the backwoodsman who has returned when his name was called.
Now it may seem “Madman” is your run of the mil 1980s summer camp slasher movie and in a way your right but DAMN is it a fun movie. though many of the characters are not very interesting the kills in the film are pretty damn fun with multiple axe murders, slashings and even a decapitation via car hood. Not only are the death scenes fun but the film oozes with atmosphere as well, the whole film is at night so there is this moody blue tone and chilling windy vibe to everything not to mention a scene with a very creepy dilapitated farm house, one can almost say that Madman is a summercamp slasher movie that can be viewed in October! given its atmosphere. and Finally the killer himself Madman Marz is a good one, this hulking beared mongoloid of a farmer is almost the epitome of the term “mongoloid slasher” among horror fans.
So pop this slasher classic in and see what slasher movie fans have been talking about – James J. Coker