I, Madman (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

I, Madman (1989)




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Movie Info

A bookstore clerk (Jenny Wright) becomes obsessed with a horror novel to the point that she brings the book's fictional world to life.


Jenny Wright
as Virgina
Randall William Cook
as Dr. Alan Kessler / Malcolm Brand
Vance Valencia
as St. Navarro
Bruce Wagner
as Pianist
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Critic Reviews for I, Madman

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Climaxes in thrillers have gotten pretty standard recently, involving chases and shootouts and a lot of blood. I, Madman has some surprises.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A genuinely moody film, and an exercise in imagination enhanced by the paperback nostalgia of a faded era of strange, adult entertainment

October 20, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Nifty and draggy in equal measure, this finally goes off the rails but has a fun time getting there.

August 8, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A passable low-budget horror flick with a winning performance by Jenny Wright (Near Dark).

February 14, 2006 | Rating: 6/10

This quirky and oddly nightmarish film doesn't always make sense but certainly gets points for trying.

January 15, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for I, Madman

Unique storyline with some random deaths. not too bad for a casual horror film marathon

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer


The story is an interesting attempt to change up what is really nothing more than a standard slasher movie. The idea that a killer is brought to life by someone reading a book is different than most other ideas I've seen in the slasher genre. Filmed with brown tones, passages from the book are played out on the screen, and then the two worlds begin to merge with some decent stop-motion model effects thrown in for good measure. One of those films I was worried on whether or not I'd enjoy it as much as I did when it was new, but thankfully, it didn't disappoint. Jenny Wright is fun to watch in this ode to the late night B-movie. Photobucket

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