Horror Remake Watch: Madman

It really doesn’t matter what you think of all these horror remakes, ’cause they’re here to stay, and there will be more – many, many more. Here’s the latest “re-imagined” scarefest from the Hollywood nightmare machine.


“Madman Marz!” Say his name above a whisper and he’ll grab that ol’ axe of his and come calling, looking to chop up the fornicators and anyone else who happens to be in the damn woods.

Madman was a quaint and rather charming little horror movie from 1982 that couldn’t care less that it was almost exactly like Friday the 13th. In fact, the poster seemed to suggest Madman Marz was actually challenging Jason Voorhees (or his mother, whatever) to a duel. The movie had heart and enthusiasm despite having a budget of about 20 bucks, and Anchor Bay did a bang-up job (as they always do) on the DVD back in 2001. It’s since gone out of print, but word hath it Code Red (who also do bang-up DVD jobs) will be re-releasing Madman on DVD later this year.

Just in time, too, as the legend of Madman Marz will be getting something of a big-screen reboot. At first it looked like Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures was going to pick up the project for a direct-to-DVD quickie, but apparently that fell through. It was later rumored that Michael Bay was eyeing a Madman remake to be produced under his Platinum Dunes banner, but the endless reshoots on A Nightmare on Elm Street has left Mr. Bay distracted and bleary-eyed.

Now an unnamed third interested party has swooped in and grabbed the rights to the big man with the axe (we think it’s Dimension), and shooting is to begin this summer, just in time for camp season! It’s about time someone took advantage of this potential goldmine – attractive camp counselors, “gifted children” campers and a giant dude swinging a mighty blade? Duh.

Vincent D'Onofrio

And who will be our brave new Madman Marz for the 21st century? Someone spotted Vincent D’Onofrio at a Starbucks on Melrose reading the script last week. We have a feeling he’s not reading for one of the campers, counselors or concerned dads. Or for one of the trees, at that.

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