Anthologies of Terror 2019

This book includes 86 horror anthology film reviews. The movies are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is established by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting and quality.

Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, pertinent moods, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

Madman

A psychopathic murderer stalks a summer camp.
So Bad It's Good
Horror for Beginners

 

United States
1981
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Character Focus: 
Serial Killer Film
5.04
A double-edged axe
3.04
3.04
6
6
3
2
3
Ambiance
Plot
Effects
Not as tactful and exciting as the most popular slashers of its time, Madman is nevertheless the kind of gem completists are after. You’ve seen The Prowler and the Burning and had a good time? This one comes next. It’s clumsy and imperfect, but that comes with the territory. Some characters are fun; some forgettable. Exposition is thorough. This film takes its time.
Most actors are underplaying, but some are oddballs; women especially. At times, they don’t seem to know what movie they’re in, until some of them end up meeting their maker, at which point gore takes precedence. The killer isn’t wearing a mask, so we see his silhouette, his hair, his axe, and not much else. The film doesn’t have a signature. This isn’t exactly the stuff of sequels...
Madman is unintentionally funny, yet not as campy as you’d think. The body count is reasonable. When it comes to the red stuff, its quality over quantity. This film basically plays out exactly as you’d expect. There are very few surprises ahead. It’s comfort food. It’s low-key. It’s nostalgia. It’s a timestamp. Madman is as quintessential as plausible slashers get.
Alternate Titles: 
The Legend Lives
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