Madman (1983)

R | 89 mins | Horror | 1983

Director:

Joe Giannone

Producer:

Gary Sales

Cinematographer:

James Momel

Production Designer:

William Scheck

Production Company:

The Legend Lives, Ltd.
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HISTORY

       Madman opened in Los Angeles, CA, early in 1983 to mixed reviews. While the 17 Feb 1982 Var considered it “a well-made, low-budget horror film,” the 23 Feb 1983 LAT dismissed it as “truly terrible and ludicrous.”
      Opening credits conclude with the following statement: "It all started during a campfire at North Sea Cottages, a special retreat for gifted children...." End credits include "filmed on location at Fish Cove Inn, Southampton, New York" and conclude with the following statement: "The producers wish to express their personal thanks to the following individuals and businesses for their support and assistance: Edward and Charlotte Sales, Mark Shantzis, Mitchell Gross, Bob Eastright, Joe Rodriguez, Ira J. Meistrich, Elizabeth Main, Keith Robinson, Joseph and Frances Giannone, Jim and Susie Lodato, Joy Lodato, Lance Lodato, Bernadette King, Merryl Feldman, Diane Geandomenico, Douglas and Paula Randall, Leslie Johnson, Bill Clark, Paul Von Schreiber, West Glen Communications, Foto Style Inc., Jim and Gloria Grillo, O. A. and Connie Nunziata, Jane Pappidas, Richard Wagner, Paul Finney, Tony Tamberelli, George Nice, Marsha Kesselman, Jane Ehlers, Jonathan Sebastian Ehlers, Bagel Nosh-Seventh Avenue, Baltic Linen Company, Ba-Tempte Pickle Products, Carvel Ice Cream, Cascade Linen Services, The Cookie Man Company, Dunkin' Donuts, Fromageries Bel Inc., Nissin Foods, A. Orwasher Bakery, Pennsylvania-Dutch Meggs, Inc., Piasio Provisions, Queens Farm Dairy, The Saratoga Springs Company, Savarin Coffee, Schaefer Brewing Company, H. J. Heinz Company, Hostess Products Corporation, Hotel Bar Butter, Jersey Coast Egg Producers Inc., Kirsh Beverages, Mandau Products Inc., Mazzella's Market, Season Products Corporation, Solo Cup Company, Table Talk Pie Company, Tetley Inc., Tropicana Products, Inc., Ward Candy Company, Wrangler Jeans and ... More Less

       Madman opened in Los Angeles, CA, early in 1983 to mixed reviews. While the 17 Feb 1982 Var considered it “a well-made, low-budget horror film,” the 23 Feb 1983 LAT dismissed it as “truly terrible and ludicrous.”
      Opening credits conclude with the following statement: "It all started during a campfire at North Sea Cottages, a special retreat for gifted children...." End credits include "filmed on location at Fish Cove Inn, Southampton, New York" and conclude with the following statement: "The producers wish to express their personal thanks to the following individuals and businesses for their support and assistance: Edward and Charlotte Sales, Mark Shantzis, Mitchell Gross, Bob Eastright, Joe Rodriguez, Ira J. Meistrich, Elizabeth Main, Keith Robinson, Joseph and Frances Giannone, Jim and Susie Lodato, Joy Lodato, Lance Lodato, Bernadette King, Merryl Feldman, Diane Geandomenico, Douglas and Paula Randall, Leslie Johnson, Bill Clark, Paul Von Schreiber, West Glen Communications, Foto Style Inc., Jim and Gloria Grillo, O. A. and Connie Nunziata, Jane Pappidas, Richard Wagner, Paul Finney, Tony Tamberelli, George Nice, Marsha Kesselman, Jane Ehlers, Jonathan Sebastian Ehlers, Bagel Nosh-Seventh Avenue, Baltic Linen Company, Ba-Tempte Pickle Products, Carvel Ice Cream, Cascade Linen Services, The Cookie Man Company, Dunkin' Donuts, Fromageries Bel Inc., Nissin Foods, A. Orwasher Bakery, Pennsylvania-Dutch Meggs, Inc., Piasio Provisions, Queens Farm Dairy, The Saratoga Springs Company, Savarin Coffee, Schaefer Brewing Company, H. J. Heinz Company, Hostess Products Corporation, Hotel Bar Butter, Jersey Coast Egg Producers Inc., Kirsh Beverages, Mandau Products Inc., Mazzella's Market, Season Products Corporation, Solo Cup Company, Table Talk Pie Company, Tetley Inc., Tropicana Products, Inc., Ward Candy Company, Wrangler Jeans and Sportswear."
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jan 1983
p. 18.
Los Angeles Times
23 Feb 1983
p. 2.
Variety
17 Feb 1982
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
The Legend Lives Company Presents
A Gary Sales/Joe Giannone Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
Asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Loader
Gaffer
Best boy
Key grip
Gaffer/Grip
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Addl art
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
Asst ed
Negative matching
SET DECORATORS
On set props
Props asst
COSTUMES
Ward des
MUSIC
Mus dir
Electronic mus by
Mus rec eng
Songs rec at
NYC
Electronic mus rec at
NYC
SOUND
Sd eff consultant
Sd eff ed
Addl sd
Boom op
Sd transfers
NYC
Sd mixing
NYC
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Prosthetics
Hemoglobin application
Logo graphics
MAKEUP
Makeup
Spec eff makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Asst unit mgr
Scr supv
Scr supv
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Asst to the prod
Office coord
Loc chef
Product promotion
Accountant
Legal counsel
NYC
Spiritual advisor
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt coord
Stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
SOURCES
SONGS
"Song Of The Fifth Wind," sung by Tony Nunziata, written, produced and arranged by Gary Sales, ©1980 G. Sales
"I Don't Need Words" sung by Tony Nunziata, written, produced and arranged by Gary Sales, ©1980 G. Sales
"Destructofunk," written, produced and arranged by Gary Sales, ©1980 G. Sales
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SONGS
"Song Of The Fifth Wind," sung by Tony Nunziata, written, produced and arranged by Gary Sales, ©1980 G. Sales
"I Don't Need Words" sung by Tony Nunziata, written, produced and arranged by Gary Sales, ©1980 G. Sales
"Destructofunk," written, produced and arranged by Gary Sales, ©1980 G. Sales
"I Don't Ask Why," sung, written, produced and arranged by Gary Sales, ©1980 G. Sales
"Song Of Madman Marz," written, produced and arranged by Gary Sales, ©1980 G. Sales.
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PERFORMER
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Legend Lives
Release Date:
1983
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 18 February 1983
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
89
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At a youth camp, Max, the proprietor, tells a group of children and counselors the story of Madman Marz, a local farmer who slaughtered his family with an axe. Though he was hanged by a lynch mob, Marz escaped death and still haunts the forest. Max then warns the children not to speak the farmer’s name or he may respond with another killing spree. Believing the story to be nothing more than legend, a boy named Richie calls out to Marz. After admonishing the boy, Max admits that the story was meant as a farewell joke on the eve of the children’s departure. The counselors lead the children back to their cabins, but Richie stays behind to explore a seemingly abandoned farmhouse. Once the children are in bed, counselors Betsy and Stacy discuss the former’s stormy romance with fellow counselor T. P., unaware that Madman Marz has discovered the camp and killed Dippy, the cook. As Marz enters the farmhouse, Richie senses danger and leaves, but is unable to find his way back to camp. Max gathers the counselors for dinner and commends them for their hard work, then leaves to join a poker game. Following dinner, Betsy and T. P. make love in a hot tub, while Stacy jokes with fellow counselors Dave, Ellie, and Bill about the supposedly fictitious axe murderer. Later, T. P. realizes that Richie is missing and ventures alone into the woods to find him. The search is cut short by Marz, who attacks T. P. from behind and hangs him from a tree. Ellie and Bill make love in a pup ... +


At a youth camp, Max, the proprietor, tells a group of children and counselors the story of Madman Marz, a local farmer who slaughtered his family with an axe. Though he was hanged by a lynch mob, Marz escaped death and still haunts the forest. Max then warns the children not to speak the farmer’s name or he may respond with another killing spree. Believing the story to be nothing more than legend, a boy named Richie calls out to Marz. After admonishing the boy, Max admits that the story was meant as a farewell joke on the eve of the children’s departure. The counselors lead the children back to their cabins, but Richie stays behind to explore a seemingly abandoned farmhouse. Once the children are in bed, counselors Betsy and Stacy discuss the former’s stormy romance with fellow counselor T. P., unaware that Madman Marz has discovered the camp and killed Dippy, the cook. As Marz enters the farmhouse, Richie senses danger and leaves, but is unable to find his way back to camp. Max gathers the counselors for dinner and commends them for their hard work, then leaves to join a poker game. Following dinner, Betsy and T. P. make love in a hot tub, while Stacy jokes with fellow counselors Dave, Ellie, and Bill about the supposedly fictitious axe murderer. Later, T. P. realizes that Richie is missing and ventures alone into the woods to find him. The search is cut short by Marz, who attacks T. P. from behind and hangs him from a tree. Ellie and Bill make love in a pup tent, blissfully unaware of their friend’s brutal murder. When T. P. fails to return, Dave continues the search, but is interrupted when his co-worker’s body falls from the tree and knocks him to the ground. Dave tries in vain to flee, but is beheaded by Marz. Back at camp, Betsy and Stacy become increasingly concerned and alert Ellie and Bill to the disappearances. Stacy drives a pickup truck into the woods, where she finds Dave’s headless body. She returns to the truck hoping to make a fast escape, but when it fails to start, she lifts the hood and is beheaded as Marz slams it shut on her neck. Ellie and Bill join the search and come upon the blood-soaked truck. After removing Stacy’s head from under the hood, Bill attempts to drive himself and Ellie to safety, but he is pulled from the truck by Marz, who crushes his spine. Ellie returns to the camp with Marz in pursuit, and hides inside a refrigerator. As the sound of the killer’s footsteps grow distant, Ellie emerges from the refrigerator and walks cautiously toward the door, where Marz lacerates her with his axe. Betsy discovers the carnage, telephones Max for help, then returns to the scene with a shotgun. When Ellie gets to her feet, Betsy mistakes her for the intruder and fires. Betsy herds the children onto a bus and attempts an escape, but Marz forces his hand through the door, intent on entering the vehicle. Betsy beats the hand with a club until he lets go, then instructs one of the older boys to drive the other children to safety. She stays behind to search for survivors and enters the farmhouse. Alarmed by a sudden noise, Betsy fires her remaining shotgun shell and alerts Marz to her presence. As she struggles to reload the gun, Marz slashes her face with his axe and drags her into the cellar, where he impales her on a meat hook. Betsy stabs Marz with her hunting knife and he reels backward, knocking over a candle that ignites the straw-covered floor. As flames engulf the farmhouse, Max returns to the camp and finds Richie in a state of shock, saying, “Madman Marz…he’s real!” +

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