I, Madman

I, Madman

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This commendable horror effort from Tibor Takacs is a stylish and more entertaining follow-up to his directorial debut The Gate. Employing a novel twist to the story-within-a-story convention, the plot involves meek but intense bookstore clerk Virginia (Jenny Wright), who develops an overpowering affection for the works of the late pulp horror author Malcolm Brand. A deranged murderer who removed parts of his body as offerings to his unrequited love, Brand had once claimed to his publisher that the bizarre supernatural tales in his books were purely autobiographical. After plunging into Brand's final novel I, MADMAN, Virginia soon becomes convinced that elements from the book are haunting her in the real world. It turns out that's only the half of it: it seems Brand himself (played by Randall William Cook, who also designed most of the effects for the film) has apparently returned to life to pursue her, believing her to be the woman who once jilted him. Pulp horror elements dominate this atmospheric and clever film, which boasts fine performances from Wright and Clayton Rohner as her detective boyfriend, and features a genuinely creepy villain. There's even a bit of excellent stop-motion animation, depicting one of Brand's ghastly storybook monsters, which tears its way into the real world for the ultra-violent climax.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2003
UPC: 0027616888549
Original Release: 1989
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 1:29:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jenny Wright Virginia/Anna
Clayton Rohner Richard
Randall William Cook Malcolm Brand
Steven Memel Lenny
Stephanie Hodge Mona
Bruce Wagner Pianist
Michelle Jordan Colette
Vance Valencia St. Navarro

Technical Credits
Tibor Takacs Director
David Chaskin Screenwriter
Randall William Cook Special Effects
Rafael Eisenman Producer
Bryan England Cinematographer
Michael Hoenig Score Composer
Matthew Jacobs Production Designer
Marcus Manton Editor
Paul Mason Producer
Helen Sarlui-Tucker Producer
Ron Wilson Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [6:13]
2. Nothing Like a Good Novel [4:24]
3. "A Little Light Reading?" [4:22]
4. Estate Sale [4:30]
5. A Gift at the Door [5:48]
6. Pillow Talk [4:48]
7. A New Hairdo [6:31]
8. Scaredy-Cat [3:18]
9. "I'll Never Love You' [4:47]
10. An Ear for Music [6:51]
11. Going Up? [4:06]
12. A Chat with the Publisher [4:47]
13. Nose Job [6:08]
14. Library Research [6:49]
15. Loose Lips [4:59]
16. Final Chapter/End Credits [10:41]

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