Movie Review – Mad Cow (2010)

Mad Cow
Directed by Michael Wright & Michael J. Rix
Courtesy of Troma Entertainment & CAV Distribution
Year of Production: 2010
DVD Release Date: September 8, 2015

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If you’ve ever wondered what a horror movie about a half-man/half-cow lunatic wielding a chainsaw would look like, then MAD COW is the film for you. Seriously, though, the fine (and demented) folks at Troma once again display their brilliance with this film. Oh, it won’t be for everyone, that’s for sure…but if you’re a fan of Troma (and you know who you are), then you’ll love this movie. I enjoyed it immensely, and I plan on watching it again soon.

If you are not familiar with MAD COW, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Troma Entertainment:

They slaughtered his family, cut off his head, attached it to a human body, wired electrodes to his testicles and pumped him full of 50,000 volts… and now he wants REVENGE! After a Frankenstein-like experiment goes horribly wrong, a chainsaw wielding Mad Cow goes on the rampage around the Boerewors Game lodge, leaving a trail of bad special effects in his wake. Enter undercover cop Vince Chopper, who together with vegetarian waitress-turned-weapon-expert Charlize, does battle with Mad Cow in a series of off-the-wall set pieces. But prepare yourselves for a series of increasingly bizarre twists as it’s never over when you think it’s over… Mad Cow is the fast-paced, totally crazy comedy/horror movie that dares to go where Naked Gun, Scary Movie and Shaun of the Dead feared to tread.

I think Troma has topped themselves with this film. Over-the-top doesn’t even begin to describe the experience you get here…and that’s a good thing! Aside from the bizarre premise, the execution of this film is a slapstick lover’s dream, and I found myself laughing quite a bit throughout the whole thing.

MAD COW is not shot very well, but it doesn’t need to be. The production value looks low, but again, that’s ok. You’re not watching this film to see high-budget special effects or top-notch acting. And if you are, then you are obviously not familiar with how Troma operates.

The acting is atrociously good, and I love the performance given by Gregg Viljoen, who portrays Vince Chopper. Viljoen delivers one-liners like a pro, and his straight-face expression through everything is a huge part of what makes his character so much fun.

The special effects in MAD COW are decent enough to pass off as entertaining. The mad cow costume cracks me up every time I see it, and the gore is plentiful and fun as well.

MAD COW is a big win for me, and fans of Troma’s work will love it. This is the first Troma film to come from South Africa, so I guess you could say it’s “beefing” up Troma’s international library (sorry for the pun). Check this out if you like Troma…otherwise, you probably won’t care for it. The film is available now.


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