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MADISON COUNTY
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Eric England

Starring:
Ace Marrero
Katie Stegeman
Nick Principe
Colley Bailey
Matt Mercer

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A group of college kids travel to a small, mountain town called Madison County to interview the author of a tell-all book on the accounts of several grisly murders. Of course, when they arrive, they can't find the author and no one's heard anything about him in years, denying anything about the tragedy. Of course, when they start probing for dirt, they stumble upon things they shouldn't have messed with.
Is it good movie?
I'm sorry to say that this movie looks like, acts like and ends up being just another lame-ass backwoods slasher flick with almost nothing going for it. If you've seen the TCM remake or even Wrong Turn, you know that this is the absolute same old song and dance.

The "kids" are young, attractive and too old, and the local townsfolk are mean old hicks who are leading them down the wrong path. I'd like to extend some props to the gals in this one, both Natalie Scheetz and Joanna Sotomura are pulling their weight here, and are fine horror heroines, given the material.The killer in the film is a dork in a pig mask and the dude just doesn't own up to the role very well- he seems tame and a bit dull.

On top of that, the killings aren't even enough to keep you interested. Yeah, there's some blood and guts but there's nothing inventive about the same old hack'n'slash stab/chop stuff. Pretty disappointing. It's not even super bloody, although some moments are admittedly tense. Another frustration comes from the fact that the damn camera goes all earthquake-y when the action picks up.

Why do the kids take so long to draw out the first half of the movie? They chatter incessantly about their dreary lives and take forever to get to the horror. It takes over 45 minutes to even see the killer! And why the hell don't they have cell phones to help themselves out? Weird.

To cap everything off, the movie has a super disappointing, non-ending that doesn't answer the questions you want to hear about. I know I don't want to see a sequel, so a bit of explanation would have been nice.
Video / Audio
Video arrives in 2.35:1 widescreen, and isn't anything special. It's sharp looking, but the whole movie has a dull and drab look to it.

Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and comes through clean, clear and well balanced.
The Extras
If you dare, there's a full audio commentary from writer/producer/director Eric England, co-producer Daniel F. Dunn, and actor/co-producer Ace Marrero. I honestly couldn't get through the whole thing but the guys seem honest and upbeat, which helps.

Also included is a 20 minute Q&A from Screamfest, which does add some depth, a few laughs and some decent stories.

There are also some trailers on the disk for Don't Let Him In, Rabies, Beneath the Darkness, and Little Deaths (two of which I've reviewed!), and one for this film as well.
Last Call
I can't really recommend this one for any reason. It's dull, repetitive, slow to start and doesn't offer any really packed punches. Madison County is destined for the bargain bin.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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