Well the first thing I have to say is kind of a personal pet peeve I have with horror movies that take place out in the countryside or wilderness. I notice in most horror movies where our main protagonists are placed in a very rural setting they also tend to act as if the residents of such places are ignorant hicks with no education and nosey. Madison County also suffers from this a bit when they arrive into the small community of Madison County.
Hey film makers, here is a note to take. Just because people live in non-urban places and don’t have the latest technology doesn’t mean they are dumb or backward. Many people from these types of communities are very hard working, smart and kind people. I think it’s time for people who don’t live in such places to do a little research or at least know a bit about people from such backgrounds instead watching Beverley Hillbilly or Green Acres Episodes as a reference guide.
With that out of the way did Madison County offer anything for the horror fan? Well…there isn’t much offered here that hasn’t been seen before and in some cases the delivery is worse. We start the movie with a woman waking up in the back of truck then running for her life when the truck stops and the driver gets out. Woman yells for help then gets her skull cracked with a shovel.
Next we are offered our main characters of the movie who are going on a trip to Madison County where one of our main guys is going to interview an author about a serial killer the county has been very hush hush about.
What we have unfold is standard by the book horror cliché’s but also some things that didn’t make sense even for a horror movie. There were some scenes where I either blinked or looked away and it was obvious something had transpired that didn’t make sense, or the editing was bad. There was one case where a character was able to get away from the killer and find her friend. The character was in no way injured and she was shaken up. I understand her being distraught, but suddenly it was if she couldn’t walk without help from her friend. This seemed like it was all used just so we could see the killer sneak up behind them.
The film is filled with several of these kind of moments that just didn’t make sense from a common sense perspective and more of a let’s find a way to show what we want instead.
On the plus side, the film’s slasher I found was visually cool looking and could see how he could be terrifying if used right. I was reminded of a skinny version of Piggsy from the Manhunt video game.
I feel Madison County could have been a good movie if it was written better and delved a little more into the story of the killer but ultimately we are left with strange plot holes and decisions from the characters that just lead to more poor writing and vice versa.