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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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11 September 1934 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Bill Woods ... Don Maxwell
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)
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:
"Sex Maniac" - USA (video box title)
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51 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:14A | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (DVD) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | USA:Not Rated

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Marian Constance Blackton is sometimes reported, incorrectly, as appearing in male drag as the neighbor who catches and breeds cats. She plays a female neighbor who is questioned by the detective.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the wall is broken down, the actor playing "immured dead body" on the other side can be seen pushing the bricks apart.See more »
Detective:What's with all the cats? What's the trouble? Rats?
Cat Man:Aw, thousands! Right here in my back yard.
Cat Man:Yeah, got a thousand cats too. Wanna see'em?
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
In The Tradition Of Awful Movies..., 8 September 2006
Author: jonathon_naylor from Manitoba, Canada

In the tradition of PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE and THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS, this turkey manages to earn four stars because it's so utterly, completely, bizarrely and amazingly awful. After murdering his boss, a doctor, an aspiring actor uses makeup to take his place. The rest of the movie is pretty much incomprehensible as the fake doc goes berserk. Women catfight with syringes, a topless woman is kidnapped and, most famously, our protagonist, for reasons known only to him, pops out and eagerly consumes a cat's eye.

One presumes that MANIAC, to some degree at least, was supposed to be this bad. It was released in 1934 as a "roadshow" movie, meaning perpetrators of what was then intolerable filth traveled from one town to the next with its reel, showing it in shady burlesque houses. By today's standards, it's probably not even an "R" film; other than the brief nudity, it's extremely tame. MANIAC will appeal to fans of terrible movies. In fact, this may very well be the very first "good bad" flick. It will also interest those curious to see what was deemed as immoral artistic expression all those years ago.

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