The Mad

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Jason (Billy Zane) should be relaxed and free from stress, since he is on vacation, after all. But his girlfriend Monica (Shauna MacDonald) has him dressed like a teenager from the 80s, his daughter Amy (Maggie Castle) is as rebellious as ever, and Amy’s boyfriend Blake (Evan Charles Flock) seems poised for a chance to bed his young sweetie. When the group arrives in a rural town in the middle of a festival of some kind, Monica likes the area so much, she wants to spend the night. Despite Jason’s desire to get back on the road, he gives in and soon books two rooms in the local bed & breakfast. As the four sit down to dinner, they learn the much praised organic burgers are sold out, but they still enjoy a decent meal. But soon, the other patrons begin to get sick and not long after, they turn into zombies of some kind. Jason and Blake manage to escape, but Monica is killed and since she left to return to the room, Amy survives as well. But what is making these country folk turn into cannibalistic zombies and can Jason somehow salvage his vacation or at least survive it?

I love horror movies, more than any other genre and to be honest, bad horror movies always capture my attention. I mean bad as in laughable however, so bad its good, not just plain bad. The Mad is a movie that even I can’t appreciate, a miserable movie that was torture to endure. The filmmakers tried to blend horror and comedy, but the end result is pathetic, thanks to terrible humor that never finds the mark. The film never takes itself seriously, but there is no charm here, another example of how you can’t produce a camp classic on purpose. Billy Zane tries to have fun, but his performance only serves to deepen the suffering, not to mention the rest of the lackluster cast. I don’t mind humor and horror combined, but it should be done right and sadly, the makers of The Mad had no clue how to make it happen. This was one of the most dull, poorly crafted horror movies I’ve ever seen and that is saying something, so I can’t recommend The Mad in any way, shape, or form.

Video: How does it look?

The Mad is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. This movie was shot on high definition video, so the image is crisp and provides great detail. The visuals come off quite well, with sharp black levels and bright colors. Both of those elements are crucial, since the movie has dark visuals and we need to see the blood splatter. As I said before, detail is impressive and especially in the close ups, where subtle touches really become evident. The downside however, is that artifacts do pop up and in some cases, the entire screen breaks up into blocks, which is bad news. Despite the artifacts issues, I am giving this transfer a good score, as most of the film looks very good.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio track here is about what I expected, given that this is a low rent horror flick, not the best selection for pure audio potential. Although a Dolby Digital 5.1 track is found here, the material is driven by dialogue and low impact audio, so don’t expect a whirlwind of powerful audio elements here. The surrounds are visited to enhance the musical soundtrack, but aside from that, only a handful or so of scenes make use of the rear channels. This seems to satisfy the material however, as it never suffers and the front speakers handle the load rather well. The dialogue is crisp as can be and is never hard to understand, no problems whatsoever.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The main supplement is a behind the scenes piece that runs just under half an hour, loaded with interviews and actual footage from the production. This isn’t as in depth as I would like, but it is better than the normal promotional fluff. This disc also includes a deleted scene, as well as the film’s trailer.

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