The next thing that really got me irritated was, as I said, the sheer amount of standing around and talking. This movie fits under the rules of so many other bad movies and follows the rule of “Oh, we want people to jump at this, PLAY A REALLY LOUD NOISE.” I do not like this and you shouldn't either. Was this a conscious move by the filmmaker? I can only assume it was considering it happens about three times and the majority of those times it's nothing the viewer should be scared of - even further than that, we see the thing that's about to “scare us” walking up in the background, albeit out of focus. How are we supposed to be surprised or scared by something when we can see it walking toward our screen?
I will compliment Madison County on it's villain design and gore. The killer, while more like a tiny Leatherface than anything, has a cool look to him and an interesting aesthetic. The kills also get better as the movie goes along - well, some of them do at least, and they're quite good considering the snoozefest that the rest of the movie is.
Madison County is not original, follows a lot of the patterns that we've seen in other cliché horror movies and doesn't do much to distinguish itself from other entries in the genre. It's muddled down by poor performances, unnecessarily long exposition and ludicrous “twists” that are as visible as Godzilla.