An Italian production, written directed & produced by an Egyptian filmmaker, with american actors. How many films are like that? Madhouse was made in the golden age of slasher cinema. It's underrated and pretty much forgotten.
Story: Julia is a teacher for hearing impaired kids, with a boyfriend, and an awful secret. Julia has a maniacal twin sister, who is suffering from a disease, which causes her deformity. Mary is her name and she wants to make Julia suffer. Soon Mary escapes, with the help of her trusty canine companion, mayhem ensues, just in time for Mary and Julia's birthday.
Strengths: Decent story, good acting, decent characters, good effects, terrific score/soundtrack, foreboding atmosphere, great eerie sets, and a good cast.
Weaknesses: At times a few scenes drag, but the film remains an overall decent pace.
Fun Facts: Had a spot on the video nasties list. Had other titles, there was a little girl, and when she was bad. The film was released about the same time as Happy Birthday To Me, and just like it, features a macabre dinner party.
Final Thoughts: Its definitely better than some of its other slasher siblings, like, The Slayer (1981). I love the antagonists, they're wicked and twisted, especially our actual lead killer, not Mary or her dog, but rather a surprise maniac. I really adore the film's score and soundtrack. The film throws several aspects from other films into its plot, Halloween, Happy Birthday To Me, etc. Overall I like Madhouse it's not that bad.
My rating: DVD 3/5 Film 3.9/5