Joshua Koppel | Chicago, IL United States | 10/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A doctor (Billy Zane) and his family stop in a small town during a festival. This was a mistake. Underneath the charm of small-town living a strange horror is about to burst forth. Tainted meat is going to affect the locals and turn them into zombies (or are they zombies?). Whatever they are, the crazed killers very quickly outnumber the unaffected. Zane quickly becomes the leader of the survivors. As they are besieged by the mad killers they work up a plan of escape and how to stop the menace from spreading. Will they succeed? Who will survive?
This is a tongue-in-cheek movie that works well on the absurd and comedy levels but is not really scary. But then scary was not really the goal of this film. Billy Zane is excellent and at his deadpan best as a doctor trying to deal with family, vacation, zombies, and killer hamburgers. If you thought a killer dessert topping was wild (The Stuff) then you will get a real kick out of marauding cuts of meat. Creative cinematography really helps drive the movie while blood and guts take only a minor role. If you are looking for a horror spoof then check this one out."
Mad About You, Billy Zane!
Karen Shaub | the inner reaches of the outer limits | 09/28/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Maybe I'm being about a half star too generous with the flick, but then again maybe I'm not because after all it does have Billy Zane in it and I do love me some Billy Zane. Here he's the absolute antithesis of the amped up character he played in DEMON KNIGHT but it still works. Zane plays a rather quite, restrained medical doctor who is vacationing with his daughter Amy (Maggie Castle), her boyfried, and his own prospective second wife Monica (Shauna MacDonald) who is very much at odds with teenage Amy. Against his better judgment they stop at a small town where some sort of country fair seems to be taking place, his girlfriend read an article about the town in which it was referred to as "hillbilly nouveau"--very chic apparently, so there's no getting out of it.
What none of them know however, is that the $16.95 hamburger special made from local "free range" cattle is not what it seems and before long everybody who has eaten one is foaming at the mouth and attacking all those who haven't. Naturally this brings up the discussion of whether or not they are really zombies or not--a subject they decide to leave for another time. Ultimately they learn that all the tainted meat came from one area farm and they decide that some course of action should be taken, and all sorts of bloody comic mayhem ensues. There is one especially funny scene involving father/daughter bonding as they casually fight for their lives in a field of zombies that can justifiably be called classic.
Written by Kevin Hennelly and directed by John Kalagis, THE MAD has a few new twists to offer the genre if only in the form of characterization. Haven't you always wanted to see at least ONE person keep their head on straight and think rationally during a zombie attack? Well Zane's your boy. He's virtually unflappable, even going so far as to discuss with Monica what dress she should be buried in as he performs an autopsy on her to see if he can learn more about the disease that's infecting everyone! Sure this flick isn't perfect but when you have scenes like that you have to love it.
Not funny, Not good, Not anything
NightShade | USA | 02/23/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I believe Billy Zane either knew someone involved with this movie, or he was very desperate for money. This movie was not entertaining in the least.. I don't see where anyone found this funny. If your sense of humor is all about people wading through zombies holding monotone conversation and cracking flat jokes, then your ready to split a rib here. But I for one felt like the script was written in about two hours by someone with very, very, very poor writing skills. Billy Zane and company stroll through the story babbling and mumbling, while they split zombie heads and even tango with them. Meanwhile, growth hormones bring beef patties to life and they attack people like the blob. I hope the person who wrote this script never works in Hollywood again.. It is really that bad. Any idiot with a quarter of a brain could probably write something better than this. I actually dozed during this DVD.. and never in my life have I fell asleep during a movie. I think after watching this junk job, it has left me slightly insane."
"They Ate My Foot!"...
Bindy Sue FrÝnkŁnschtein | under the rubble | 05/08/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"THE MAD concerns a family vacation interupted by a hamburger-induced zombie invasion. Billy Zane (Critters, Dead Calm, Memory) plays the dad who must face the hideous horde w/ the help of his daughter, her boyfriend, and a few other survivors. The first half is my favorite, as Zane and company are hilarious. Things drag a bit in the mid-section, but there are enough funny parts to keep things rolling. Besides, how often do you get a chance to see a hamburger patty crawl around, bubble green goo, and fly onto someone's face?..."
Great fun !
R. Ulander | 04/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I got this movie on a whim, loved every minute of it.. it is your basic incredibly corny, tongue in cheek undead movie. Billy Zane is hilarious in his role, the surrounding actors seem to really understand that the movie is supposed to come across as fun and some of the scenes featuring Zane and his "daughter" carrying on a calm father daughter conversation as they walk into and out of numerous attacking zombies is more than worth the price of admission. And popcorn! This movie is fun, has no lessons to be learned, carries no useful message, probably won't change your life.... but aren't those all good reasons to watch it ????"