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Maniac (1980)

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Starring (View all)
Joe Spinell Joe Spinell
Frank Zito
Caroline Munro Caroline Munro
Anna D'Antoni
Kelly Piper Kelly Piper
Nurse
Rita Montone Rita Montone
Hooker
Tom Savini Tom Savini
Disco Boy
Hyla Marrow Hyla Marrow
Disco Girl
James L. Brewster James L. Brewster
Beach Boy


Written by
Joe Spinell Joe Spinell
(screenplay)


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I Warned You Not To Go Out Tonight...

14 years, 12 months ago at Mar 1 21:29
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Holy Shit. A word that flew through my mind more times then I could count. More than a movie, this piece of work directed by William Lustig felt like a peak into the mind of a maniac; First Hand. Set in the early 80’s in New York, Following the everyday life of a man named Frank Zito; everything from his apartment to the conversations he has with his mirror regarding the violent deaths of people... read more

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9 years, 3 months ago at Nov 19 8:23
1 vote
its ok but nothing to write home about except for some truly grizzly and brutal bloody special effect, some of tom savini best
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A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in NYC, kills young women and takes their scalps as trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in photographer Anna, and end his killing spree?
Release date: 6 March 1981
UPC: 790594198121
Tags: Horror (7), Slasher (6), 1980 (4), Drama (3), 1980s (3), Thriller (2), Gore (2), Grindhouse (2), Splatter (2), Sadism (2), (2), Bathtub (1), Strangulation (1), Shotgun (1), Shot In The Head (1), Throat Slitting (1), 87 Min (1), Rage (1), Stabbed In The Chest (1), Italian Restaurant (1)
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" Frank Zito misses his mother, who was killed in a car accident years before. She was abusive to him, and made money selling her body, but Frank still misses her. He tries to keep her from leaving him, and reform her evil ways, by killing young women and putting their scalps on mannequins which he displays around his apartment. Photographer Anna D'Antoni takes a picture of him in the park, and he pursues and befriends her. Is she the one he has been looking for or just another mother wann"


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"A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in NYC, kills young women and takes their scalps as trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in photographer Anna, and end his killing spree? Grimy, sleazy, gruesome, these were all desired effects, but I just don't know if the filmmakers intended to make an art house film. Maniac is an emotional, contemplative piece that also features an exploding head. Maniac is one of the prettiest and also most repulsive movies on this list, it's "


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"For critics, it was a brutal nasty and bloody film, and unnecessarily violent. My thoughts: The makeup effects for the film, and for me that was about it."


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"Re-watch - Oct. 24th Just a thought: Joe Spinell was never going to be your typical Hollywood leading man, so I'm glad he hooked up with Bill Lustig to make this film (which Spinell also wrote) and got a chance to be the lead in a film tailored to his strengths. "


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" Date: 8/19/2020 Viewed: Blu-Ray Re-Watch Note: This movie recently turned 40 years old and I felt like it was the perfect time to revisit this movie again. I watch the 4K restoration from the recent special edition Blu-Ray, both the picture and sound were wonderful. I know there is a 4K UHD release now, but I don't feel like double-dipping at the moment. After watching this movie again, it gets better with every viewing. Maniac is a great character study movie that people tend to overlook i"


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" Date: 3/15/2019 Viewed: Blu-Ray Re-Watch Note: This movie is still awesome as always. It may have a simple story, but I feel like this movie has a lot to offer. The movie feels very realistic given how graphic the death scenes are. Joe Spinell does an amazing job of playing a creepy and twisted murder. I still get the chills when he is talking to his manikins. This movie is not mindless violence just for the sake of it. This movie deserves a higher rating outside of the horror movie fan commu"



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