MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 482 this week

Maniac (1980)

 -  Crime | Drama | Horror  -  6 March 1981 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 8,574 users  
Reviews: 170 user | 124 critic

A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in NYC, kills young women and takes their scalps as trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in photographer Anna, and end his killing spree?

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 05 Oct 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 22 Jan 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 27 Jul 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 22 Aug 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Maniac" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Maniac (1980)

Maniac (1980) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Maniac.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Maniac (2012)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface.

Director: Franck Khalfoun
Stars: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, America Olivo
Maniac Cop (1988)
Action | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In New York City, a man in a cop's uniform starts killing people for no apparent reason.

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon
The Prowler (1981)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A masked killer, wearing World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35-year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Vicky Dawson, Christopher Goutman, Lawrence Tierney
The Burning (1981)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.

Director: Tony Maylam
Stars: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer
Vigilante (1983)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Eddie Marino is a factory worker in New York City. He has a wife named Vickie and a son named Scott. Eddie's friend and co-worker Nick and some of the factory's other workers have formed a ... See full summary »

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, Richard Bright
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A decades old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day, turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead.

Director: George Mihalka
Stars: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck
Hit List (1989)
Thriller | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A family man and a mob witness hunt for a hit-man who has mistakenly kidnapped the family man's son.

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Leo Rossi, Lance Henriksen
Maniac Cop 2 (1990)
Crime | Horror | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A supernatural, maniac killer cop teams up with a Times Square serial killer.

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Robert Davi, Claudia Christian, Michael Lerner
Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A female cop is gunned down and wrongly accused of using excessive force in a hostage rescue attempt. Maniac cop returns from the dead once more to seek revenge, destroying everthing and ... See full summary »

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Robert Davi, Robert Z'Dar, Caitlin Dulany
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A burned-out New York police detective teams up with a college psychoanalyst to track down a vicious serial killer randomly stalking and killing various young women around the city.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska, Howard Ross
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Slightly traumatized and painfully shy Angela Baker is sent away to summer camp with her cousin. Not long after Angela's arrival, things start to go horribly wrong for anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions.

Director: Robert Hiltzik
Stars: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields
Horror | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A children's television host plots murderous revenge against child abusers.

Director: Buddy Giovinazzo
Stars: Joe Spinell
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Spinell ...
...
Abigail Clayton ...
Rita (as Gail Lawrence)
Kelly Piper ...
Nurse
Rita Montone ...
Hooker
...
Disco Boy
Hyla Marrow ...
Disco Girl
...
Beach Boy (as James Brewster)
Linda Lee Walter ...
Beach Girl
Tracie Evans ...
Street Hooker
...
Second Nurse
Carol Henry ...
Nelia Bacmeister ...
Louis Jawitz ...
Art Director
Denise Spagnuolo ...
Denise
Edit

Storyline

Frank misses his mother, who was killed in a car accident years before. She was abusive to him, and made money selling her body, but Frank still misses her. He tries to keep her from leaving him, and reform her evil ways, by killing young women and putting their scalps on mannequins which he displays around his apartment. Photographer Anna takes a picture of him in the park, and he pursues and befriends her. Is she the one he's been looking for or just another mommy wanna be? Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You can lock your windows and doors...But you can't lock the madman out of your mind. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 March 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Maníaco  »

Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In order to keep costs down, several porn actresses, such as Abigail Clayton, were hired to play the victims and other minor female roles. See more »

Goofs

When the prostitute is describing her services to Frank, she says "For 75, I'll take you around the world." But her mouth don't match what she's saying. See more »

Quotes

[looks down at his latest victim]
Frank Zito: Now you tell me what I should do. I heard about it, I always do. I can't go out for a minute. It's impossible. Fancy girls, in their fancy dresses and lipstick, laughing and dancing. Should you stop them? I can't stop them. But you do, don't you? And they can't laugh and they can't dance anymore. You've got to stop, or they'll take you away from me. I will never, ever, let them take you away from me. You're mine now forever. And, I'm so happy.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Winter Love
Written by Don Armando
Performed by Don Armando's 2nd Avenue Rhumba Band
Courtesy of ZE Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Excellent Exploit/Slasher...
27 September 2003 | by (St. John's Abortion Clinic) – See all my reviews

Gave this one a watch after not having seen it in a few years - and it still remains probably my favorite psycho/slasher-style film. There's a good balance of "atmosphere" with the brutal violence that makes MANIAC a twisted "classic"...

Frank is a messed-up guy that has a big mommy-fetish. He goes around stabbing and scalping local New York girls to provide "wigs" for the mannequins that he lays around his apartment and talks to. He handles himself pretty well socially when he's not stabbing people and even goes on a few dates with one broad, that is...until he tries to choke her. Finally, Frank's delusions get the better of him...

MANIAC is a rare film amongst the typical 80's slasher trash, as you actually get a look into his (warped) mind. Some of the scenes of him talking to his mannequins are straight-up creepy, and the way that he is shown to sometimes be a very pleasant guy is in strong conflict with his twisted tendencies, which is a refreshing way to write his character. There's a good bit of the red stuff for the gore-heads out there, including: several stabbings, a couple of scalpings, a gory dream sequence where Franks arm is chopped off and his head is pulled off, and of course, the "infamous" shotgun-head-blast. The level of violence plus a little nudity (including a bit of brief full-frontal) makes MANIAC an excellent choice for sleaze, gore, and exploit fans. Definitely Recommended - 9/10


14 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Any Movies Similliar to this?? xxmikeymashxx
Violence and Gore dominik_275
Ed Gein MRTRAMP
Maniac song rytsy
What horror film is this? Please help. cadeis-1
Maniac 2 mailcarlton
Discuss Maniac (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?