After the unexpected success of seminal slasher ‘Halloween’ (1978), and its most iconic imitator ‘Friday the 13th’ (1980), the floodgates opened and over 250 slashers were released throughout the '80s. While most have now been embraced by fans, others like ‘Madman’ continue to be denied the recognition they rightly deserve.
Finishing this gruesome tale Max eyes his captivated audience and leaves one final warning, "Don't dare say his name above a whisper, or Madman Marz will come for you". Of course, no sooner has he finished his story when one of the kids instantly jumps to his feet and shouts the killers name, even brazenly smashing a window of his nearby home. With this thoughtless act he unknowingly incurs the wraith of the unstoppable murderer, sealing all their fates.
There are so many favourite moments in 'Madman' I can hardly keep track of them. I love the shot of Marz hiding in the trees, his black shadow contrasted against the unnaturally blue sky. Or how about the moment Betty (Gaylen Ross) and her love interest T.P, enter a hot tub and before making love somehow manage to slow dance while immersed in the water. The fridge scene, which I won’t spoil here, is another moment of comedic disbelief. It's these elements of trash that make '80s slashers so much fun, and for good or bad you just don’t see in movies anymore. While not as accomplished as the original 'Friday', or its other most notable setting stealer 'The Burning', 'Madman' is still a cheesy blast, and one that should satisfy any '80s slasher fanatic.