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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
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)
 
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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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Several key cast members in the film are uncredited and their identities remain unknown, most notably the cat-farming neighbor, "Goof", as well as the detective, and Maria Altura, the woman who Dr. Meirschultz brings back to life. The identities of the actress who doubles for Altura for scenes that require nudity has also not been identified.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:
Marvel:It's pretty though. Imagine the poor guy. I'll betcha nobody knows him all his life, and then... Say, wasn't there some guy in history who spent all his life looking for an honest man?
Jo:Sure! In his day, men were men, but now they're too scared to be anything but honest.
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Movie Connections:
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La Cooca RochaSee more »

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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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