Rain of Madness mockumentary is hilarious

Rain of Madness is a 30 minute mockumentary that can be found on the Tropic Thunder Director’s Cut DVD. It’s just as funny as Tropic Thunder and if you know anything about Francis Ford Coppola or Werner Herzog then you’ll find this mocumentary to be hilarious.

Just as Tropic Thunder borrows heavily from Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979), Rain of Madness parodies the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991) — a film about the extraordinary making of Apocalypse Now.


The entire mockumentary also emulates Werner Herzog’s style of documentary filmmaking and pokes fun at his films (Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Grizzly Man). There’s even a Werner Herzog character that narrates the film.

This is a brilliant film but don’t take my word for it. It has several awards to prove it:

  • Nominee: Best documentary (Pensylvania Dutch Film Festival)
  • Winner: Best documentary (Bangkok Adolescent Film Festival)
  • Winner: Tijuana’s Shrieking Donkey Award
  • Honorable Mention: Everyone’s A Winner Film Festival

I watched the Blu-ray version of the film and the video quality is outstanding. In fact, Tropic Thunder Director’s Cut is a must-have Blu-ray disc. The HD transfer is one of the best that I’ve seen and there are plenty of supplemental features.

Also worth watching on this disc is a feature called Full Mags — Robert Downey Jr. and Ben Stiller improvise a scene for 11 minutes. This was funny and fascinating to watch. Robert Downey Jr. is simply brilliant.

The MTV Movie Awards feature is also very funny and worth a look if you haven’t seen it yet.

Tropic Thunder MTV Movie Awards Digital Short

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