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The Maddening

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Besides turning an adjective into a noun, this film is mainly notable as Burt Reynolds’ first direct-to-video feature, as well as showcasing his worst toupee since the mid-’80s. Made when Reynolds needed money for his divorce from Loni Anderson, The Maddening is yet another thriller about a crazy backwoods couple locking up some wayfaring city slickers. Directed by Danny Huston — son of John, and at one time a legitimate filmmaker (Mr. North) — perhaps this one should have been titled The Clunkering. C-