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The Manitou (1978)

R  |   |  Horror  |  15 April 1978 (Japan)
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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.

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Harry Erskine
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John Singing Rock
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Karen Tandy
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Amelia Crusoe
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Dr. Jack Hughes
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Mrs. Karmann
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Dr. Snow
Paul Mantee ...
Dr. McEvoy
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Mrs. Winconis
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Mrs. Herz
Hugh Corcoran ...
MacArthur
Ann Newman-Mantee ...
10th-Floor Nurse
Jan Heininger ...
Wolf, an orderly
Michael Laren ...
Michael, an orderly
Cindy Stanford ...
Neighbor
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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>

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Evil does not die... It waits to be re-born! See more »

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15 April 1978 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Manitou  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

When this film was premiered in South Africa in 1978, the invitations were printed on vomit bags. See more »

Quotes

Dr. McEvoy: [after seeing the manitou] It's not possible.
John Singing Rock: Possible? Is that your SCIENCE talking, DOCTOR?
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Well, I liked it a lot!!
10 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this when it first came out in the theatres, with my sister---we loved it and were blown away!! I've since owned it on VHS, and now have the wonderful DVD that was just released. Honestly, given the year it was made and such, it's not a bad film at all, and is one I regularly watch!! Sure, it's a preposterous story, and the effects come off a little dated, but I thought the ensemble acting was great---loved seeing Ann Southern, Stella Stevens, Susan Strasburg, Tony Curtis Et Al tackling this unique idea for a horror film. I thought many, many scenes were intense (the séance scene is a highlight!), and loved how William Girdler interpreted the story. I actually rate this very high, and only ding it because of the slightly dated effects. "Hamlet", it ain't , but it's a very enjoyable horror-romp for the evening, perfect popcorn fodder!


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