There really isn’t a lot to a slasher flick. Take 1 part iconic killer, 4-5 parts attractive and (at least somewhat) amiable young people, and mix in a remote location – et voila, you’ve got yourself a slasher picture. Whether or not it’s any good usually depends on the quality of those 3 ingredients. Lackluster stars? So-so picture. Not-so-iconic murderer… your film will surely tank.
Which leads me to the 2011 indie Madison County. While it’s not going to start a new franchise anytime soon, it’s still enough to satiate the black little hearts and filthy minds of the sorry slobs who enjoy this kind of garbage.
Like I dunno… me. Whatever. Judge all you want. Grand Gignol theater has been around for eons in one form or another, and that’s all that slashers are – blood-soaked, terror-filled, nudey-fleshed orgies of horror excess. And I eat that shit up with a spoon!
Don’t get me wrong – Madison County isn’t going to revive the lowly slasher pic to its 80′s heyday – but it’s still great to see more filmmakers (especially indie ones) keeping the subgenre alive. And doing so handily, I might add. The actors here are better than 90 % of those whippersnappers in the Friday the 13th films – and the characters are far more likable. With one exception… one dick of an older brother; but never you fear, we all know what happens to douche-canoes in these movies. The writer/director Eric England also provides a few small twists to some well-known slasher cliches – making for some surprisingly clever moments.
Gore fanatics may find the film a little lacking, but I didn’t really miss it – there’s enough implied violence and mayhem. The biggest gripe that I have about the picture is that it takes a little while to really get going. Madison County starts off with a bang, then slowly inches along with scads of character development, and then builds back up to more madness toward the end. It’s only 82 minutes, but it feels like 102.
Madison County is available on many cable provider’s On-Demand channels, as well as the PlayStation Store and Amazon Instant Video: