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Release Date:
11 September 1934 (USA) See more »
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He menaced women with weird desires! See more »
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A former vaudevillian gifted at impersonation assists a mad scientist in reanimating corpses and soon goes mad himself. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Very bad...but still light-years ahead of its time! See more (65 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
William Woods ... Don Maxwell (as Bill Woods)
Horace B. Carpenter ... Dr. Meirschultz (as Horace Carpenter)
Ted Edwards ... Buckley
Phyllis Diller ... Mrs. Buckley
Theo Ramsey ... Alice Maxwell
Jenny Dark ... Maizie
Marvelle Andre ... Marvel (as Marvel Andre)
Celia McCann ... Jo
John P. Wade ... Embalmer Mike (as J.P. Wade)
Marian Constance Blackton ... Neighbor (as Marion Blackton)
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Umberto Guarracino ... Pluto (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bartolomeo Pagano ... Maciste (archive footage) (uncredited)
Satan ... Satan the Cat (uncredited)
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Directed by
Dwain Esper 
 
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Hildegarde Stadie (story and continuity) (as Hildagarde Stadie)

Produced by
Dwain Esper .... producer (uncredited)
Louis Sonney .... producer (uncredited)
Hildegarde Stadie .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William C. Thompson  (as William Thompson)
 
Film Editing by
William Austin 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. Stuart Blackton Jr. .... assistant director
 
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Dan Sonney .... props (uncredited)
 
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Dan Sonney .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Sex Maniac" - USA (video box title)
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Runtime:
51 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:14A | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (DVD) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | USA:Not Rated

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This film is listed among The 100 Most Amusingly Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Maxwell takes the glasses off Dr. Meirshultz' (who is supposed to be dead), his eyes move and twitch.See more »
Quotes:
Maxwell:I think too much of Satan to use cats as experiments.See more »
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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Very bad...but still light-years ahead of its time!, 11 February 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

This film is, in one word, DEMENTED! No matter how you try to look at it – either an early underdeveloped educative docu or an ambitious exploitation pioneer, you can only come to the conclusion that this is a masterpiece of awfulness! How else would you describe a movie that features images of fighting women in a basement (with baseball bats!) or a dude munching a cat's eye (which, by the way, has just been squished out)? The whole point of "Maniac" is giving some sort of anthology about all the possible mental illnesses through the adventures of a science assistant. Maxwell helps his employer with stealing bodies from the morgue and re-animating the dead tissue for the cause of science. When his boss (Dr. Meirschultz) becomes a little too obsessed, Maxwell kills him and replaces him in performing the art of mad science. In order to give the story an Edgar Allen Poe twist, he walls up the corpse and a black cat accidentally gets buried along. "Maniac" is one giant incoherent mess! Amateurish pacing, ridiculous dialogue and downright atrocious acting make it almost impossible to sit through this film even though it only lasts only a good 50 minutes. Bill Woods and Horace B. Carpenter overact terribly and especially their diabolical laughter is pathetic. And yet…I had a great time watching it and I have a great deal of respect for director Dwain Esper's risky and ahead-of-their-time ideas. Being a massive fan of eccentric exploitation and bizarre cult-films, I'm convinced that could have enjoyed a much more positive reputation by now if it only had been made in the period of sleaze-deities like Jess Franco or Jean Rollin. The editing of silent German expressionism highlights into the film is quite eerie definitely well attempted. Maniac also contains a lot of gore and even nudity, which is quite spectacular for a 1934 film. So, if you're not too easily disgusted (either by kitsch or awfulness) I recommend tracking this deranged early horror film down! I sincerely hope everyone involved in this production ended up in a mental asylum and lived happily ever after.

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