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Maniac -- A raw, visceral cinematic experience unlike any other, 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. This classic exploitation film is actually a Depression-era rendition of Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat injected with catfights (both literal and figurative), nudity, necrophilia (a reanimated corpse ravaged by a madman who thinks he's an orangutan), and the ingestion of one fresh eyeball

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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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one hell of a Disjointed viewing experience! See more (69 total) »

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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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:
Continuity: When Maxwell drags Dr. Meirshultz down the basement stairs, they are both wearing Dr. Meirshultz' glasses, even though they only had one pair of glasses to begin with.See more »
Quotes:
Buckley:Oh! Stealing through my body! Creeping though my veins! Pouring in my blood! Oh, DARTS OF FIRE IN MY BRAIN! STABBING ME! I CAN'T STAND IT! I WON'T!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in American Sexual Revolution (1971)See more »
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La Cooca RochaSee more »

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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
one hell of a Disjointed viewing experience!, 31 October 2000
Author: mark czuba (gspotbuy@hotmail.com) from Edmonton, Ab.

This film has no cohesive story, go figure it's an exploitation film, and as a true exploitation film it provides an abundance of spectacle. Maniac is about a......well a maniac. Throughout the film intertitles appear that define aberrant mental states (dementia, praecox, paranoia, etc..). Spectacle is furnished scenes such as a man popping a cats eye out of it's head and eating it, two women lounge about in their underwear, two women fighting with syringes!! Finally the last two scenes are nudie strip scenes, and are inserted for titillation sake only! Suicide recovery, cat chasing mouses, mad scientists, and a guy ranting "rats eat raw meat--you know, cat carcasses...so the rats eat the cats, the cats eat the rats, and I get the skins", are all part of this disjointed viewing experience everyone should see!!

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