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Maniac -- MANIAC offers a walking tour through the mind of a bonafide lunatic, distorted by fragmented scenes and ugly realities that mimic insanity's own warped perspective.

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Release Date:
11 September 1934 (USA) See more »
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He menaced women with weird desires! See more »
Plot:
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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Cast

  (in credits order)
Bill Woods ... Don Maxwell

Horace B. Carpenter ... Dr. Meirschultz (as Horace Carpenter)
Ted Edwards ... Buckley
Phyllis Diller ... Mrs. Buckley
Thea Ramsey ... Alice Maxwell (as Theo Ramsey)
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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Umberto Guarracino ... Pluto (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bartolomeo Pagano ... Maciste (archive footage) (uncredited)
Satan ... Satan the Cat (uncredited)

Directed by
Dwain Esper 
 
Writing credits
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
 
Art Department
Dan Sonney .... props (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dan Sonney .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Dwain Esper's Maniac" - USA (alternative title)
"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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Trivia:
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: Various times throughout the movie, the "corpses" are visibly breathing.See more »
Quotes:
Alice:If it wasn't for nervy little Alice, you'd all be sinking your weary bones into the soft recesses of some park bench, with light sleepy coverlets made by the great American press.
Jo:Press! That reminds me. I have pressing business.
[she begins to iron her underwear]
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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Not really that bad, 23 May 2000
Author: stuthehistoryguy from Omaha, Ne

I am somewhat embarrassed to say this, but _Maniac_ is simply not that bad of a film. The acting is hammy, but its ineptitude doesn't even approach the Ed Wood level. This is an exploitation film, pure and simple. It was created to show insanity and scantily clad women when such things were prohibited from the mainstream. It is actually quite entertaining, especially when compared to other 1930s B-movies. The plot is certainly loopy, but not beyond following.

_Maniac_ is not a "good" film, but I would not put it anywhere near the running for worst movie of all time. That honor should be reserved for complete disasters like _Manos, The Hands of Fate_, _Robot Monster_ (which is probably the ultimate "so bad it's good" film), _Glen or Glenda_, _Big Jim McLain_, _Ninja Wars_, _The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant_, or _Dracula vs. Frankenstein_. These films were trying to be snappy entertainment and came out horribly wrong. _Maniac_ was trying to be exactly what it is.

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