The Bottom Line
- Cool-looking villain
- Good makeup effects
- Half-baked back story
- Full of genre clichés
- Characters act illogically
- Starring Matt Mercer, Ace Marrero, Joanna Sotomura, Nick Principe, Dayton Knoll, Katie Stegeman
- Directed by Eric England
- Rated NR
- DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012
Guide Review - 'Madison County' DVD Review
Madison County trots out all the backwoods slasher clichés, from the horny teen campers to the old timer warning them not to snoop around to the murderous hillbillies to the masked, silent killer. Despite the unoriginality of the killer (the pig head having been done in the cult classic Motel Hell), he cuts a striking figure -- played by Nick Principe, the towering actor who has most famously played ChromeSkull in the Laid to Rest movies. He's the movie's biggest selling point, although the script concocts a half-baked mythology for him -- something about him being tortured as a child by someone somewhere somehow for some reason. Nothing is clearly spelled out, which is disappointing because the setup of an author uncovering a serial killer and a conspiracy of silence has potential. Unfortunately, that potential is bludgeoned by lazy genre tropes and stupid protagonists who insist on always splitting up, despite the acknowledged possibility of there being a maniac on the loose.
Special features include commentary.