FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Madman (brand-new restoration, producer Gary Sales and star Paul Ehlers in person!)

Co-presented by VINEGAR SYNDROME

Producer Gary Sales and star Paul Ehlers in person! “Hangs you up, breaks your neck / Swings the axe, chops your head / Bloody stump, gushing red / Body jerks, till your dead.” So waxes the theme song of Madman Marz, the titular creeper of Joe Giannone’s 1982 deep-cut slasher flick Madman. Originally designed as a film about the East Coast urban legend Cropsey, Giannone was forced to change his script after The Burning (also about the bloody carnage of Cropsey) was released. But the world was better for it, since we now have the legend of Madman Marz — now a total maniac who murdered his family and who will supposedly appear if you call out his name near his old cabin. Of course, a foolish and curious camp counselor does just that, unleashing a gory massacre. Wonky and oddly wonderful, Madman is a must-see to round out your slasher subgenre education. Front-and-center in this film is actress Gaylen Ross, whose only three onscreen roles happened to be in this, Dawn of the Dead and Creepshow.
Dir. Joe Giannone, 1981, DCP, 88 min.

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