5.2/10
2,026
68 user 61 critic

The Manitou (1978)

R | | Horror | 15 April 1978 (Japan)
A psychic's girlfriend finds out that a lump on her back is a growing reincarnation of a 400 year-old demonic Native American spirit.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Grizzly (1976)
Adventure | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An eighteen-foot-tall grizzly bear terrorizes a state park, leaving it up to a park ranger to save the day.

Director: William Girdler
Stars: Christopher George, Andrew Prine, Richard Jaeckel
Project: Kill (1976)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A former government assassin flees a mind-control program in the Philippines, pursued by his ex-partner, the local police and Asian gangsters.

Director: William Girdler
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Gary Lockwood, Nancy Kwan
The Get-Man (1974)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A police officer becomes obsessed with a satistic killer called "The Zebra Killer" who has kidnapped his girlfriend and discoveries many murders along the way while tracking him down.

Director: William Girdler
Stars: Juanita Moore, Austin Stoker, Hugh Smith
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Four girls go on a romping weekend at a lake, and have car problems on the way home. A nice local boy takes them back to his farm, where he lives with his father. Something ghastly happens,... See full summary »

Director: William Girdler
Stars: Charles Kissinger, James Carroll Pickett, Sherry Steiner
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Through the reflection in the mirror, a girl witnesses her mother's boyfriend's murder.

Director: Ulli Lommel
Stars: Suzanna Love, John Carradine, Ron James
Abby (1974)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A possession film about a marriage counselor who becomes possessed by a Demon of Sexuality, when her father in law, an Exorcist, freed it while in Africa. He returns home, along with his ... See full summary »

Director: William Girdler
Stars: Carol Speed, William Marshall, Terry Carter
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A young woman is brought to an asylum to receive special treatment from a mysterious doctor. Dr. Spector does more than just run the hospital -- he offers his patients as sacrifices to ... See full summary »

Director: William Girdler
Stars: Charles Kissinger, Nick Jolley, Carla Borelli
Tourist Trap (1979)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A group of young friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by the owner of the place, who has the power to control his collection of mannequins.

Director: David Schmoeller
Stars: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness
Prophecy (1979)
Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A log company's waste mutates the environment, creating a giant killer bear-monster.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Talia Shire, Robert Foxworth, Armand Assante
The Survivor (1981)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A plane crashes just after takeoff and the only survivor, the pilot, walks out of the wreckage. He doesn't remember the crash, but 300 passengers and crew are dead. As the investigation goes on people are wanting answers.

Director: David Hemmings
Stars: Robert Powell, Jenny Agutter, Joseph Cotten
The Sentinel (1977)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Not ready for marriage, a fashion model moves into an unbelievably cheap Brooklyn Heights apartment, where weird occurrences turn into a much more frightening turn of events.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Cristina Raines, Ava Gardner, Chris Sarandon
Nightmares (1983)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Anthology of four horror tales with a supernatural twist based on urban legends.

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Cristina Raines, Joe Lambie, Anthony James
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Harry Erskine
...
John Singing Rock
...
Karen Tandy
...
Amelia Crusoe
...
Dr. Jack Hughes
...
Mrs. Karmann
...
Dr. Snow
...
Dr. McEvoy
...
Mrs. Winconis
...
Mrs. Herz
Hugh Corcoran ...
MacArthur
Anne Newman Bacal ...
10th-Floor Nurse (as Ann Newman-Mantee)
Jan Heininger ...
Wolf, an orderly
...
Michael, an orderly
Cindy Stanford ...
Neighbor
Edit

Storyline

Karen Tandy enters a San Franisco hospital suffering from a tumor growing in her neck. Her surprised doctors think it's a living creature, a fetus being born inside the tumor. Fortune-teller Harry Erskine dismisses it -- until one of his customers begins speaking in tongues and fatally throws herself down a flight of stairs, and Karen's surgeon attempts to cut off his own hand rather than excise her tumor. Erskine finally seeks help from another fortune teller, Amelia Crusoe, and her husband, to try to learn the cause of these supernatural events. When Karen's tumor gets larger, Dr. Snow speculates that within her tumor lives vengeful 400-year-old Indian spirit. Erskine travels to South Dakota to enlist the aid of Indian medicine man John Singing Rock to force the evil spirit out of Karen and back where it came. The Indian spirit is driven from Karen's tumor, but will it take over others before Singing Rock can send him back? Written by <Blythe379@cs.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Time could not stop him. Space could not hold him. Science could not destroy him. The MANITOU...it has awakened! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

15 April 1978 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Manitou  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Didn't receive its first DVD release until 2007. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Snow: What you have to understand is that the magic of ancient Indian tribes was very, very powerful. They were, in fact, one of the great magical societies of modern times, of pure ethnic occult art. And, er, they were,
[wiping bookcase]
Dr. Snow: Ugh, this is a mess! They were, er, undiluted with European conceptions and preconceptions. The whole concept of the Indians, the whole concept of life and death and inner space was rolled up in the Indians demon, the equivalent demon. That demon would be possessed ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Empire of the Censors (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Entertaining but spoilt by the ending
18 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I found The Manitou to be quite an interesting, if not cheesy film. It starts off quite well and the pace moves along nicely as the story draws you in. The first half is dedicated to the story and what happens before the demon is born. The second half deals with what occurs after he is born and climaxes with a cheesy sci-fi ending. The acting is very solid throughout and the characters believable. The highlight of the film is supposedly when the demon is born, as he breaks out of the "fetus" attached to the woman's back. I didn't find it particularly impressive though. I did however enjoy the story about the Indian spirit and how this would be his fourth or fifth incarnation. I've always had a soft spot for mythology and "demon births", probably from watching too many Xena: Warrior Princess episodes.

The film is spoilt mainly by the ultra cheesy ending, that looks like something out of an old Star Trek episode. Up until that point I thought the story worked well as a serious film, but the ending brought it into cheese territory and ruined it for me. It's not that I don't like cheese, but you can't just introduce it in the last 10 minutes of a film and get away with it!


5 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?