The Legend Lives)
Directed by: Joe Giannone
Back of Box:
On the last night of
summer camp, the story is told of "Madman Marz" - a berserk local farmer who butchered his entire family before disappearing
into the woods forever. You must not say his name above a whisper the legend says, because if he hears you, he will
come for you. But when a cocky young teen ridicules the tale and calls the madman's name out loud, the maniacal evil
is unleashed. Summer may be over, but the ferocious bloodshed has just begun!
A long-time favorite of hardcore horror fans, Madman
stood out from the pack of '80s "body count" films by delivering scares, suspense, gruesome effects and sheer nastiness, including
the infamous "head under the car hood" scene!
Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1)
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Joe Giannone,
Writer/Producer Gary Sales, & Star Tony Fish and Paul Ehlers
Run Time: 88 Minutes
Paul Ehlers...Madman Marz
Filming Location(s): The Fish Cove
Inn: Southampton, Long Island.
Alternate Tagline(s): Deep in the woods,
lurks a hideous evil...Don't even whisper his name.
Based on the upstate New York summer camp legend, The Kropsy
During an open casting call the production caught word that
a film with a similar story was currently filming in upstate New York (The Burning). Preproduction
was immediately stopped so the aforementioned film could be looked into. After reading the script it was determined
that the film could be original on its own, preproduction was renewed.
The shoot started October 21 (Producer Gary Sales birthday),
1980 and finished on December 17, 1980.
Paul Ehlers (Madman Marz), left set one day in full
make-up to rush to the hospital. His wife was in labor and he arrived (Still in full make-up) just in time
for the birth of his son, Jonathan.
Production was always worried about the possibility of snow,
but it held off for the filming. After the film had wrapped and Joe and Gary were packing up for the trip home, it began
Nominated for best low budget picture by the Ninth Annual
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Awards.
Made the Top Ten Variety list the week of its New York