A psychopath, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree?
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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.
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 »
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.
Frank Zito 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 D'Antoni takes a picture of him in the park, and he pursues and befriends her. Is she the one he has been looking for or just another mother wannabe? Written by
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The film served as an inspiration for the hit song "Maniac", written by Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky. The original lyrics described a maniacal serial killer who would "kill you cat and nail him to the door". The lyrics were ultimately changed to tell the story of a small town girl dancing like she's never danced before, and the song was used in Flashdance (1983). See more »
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 »
I told you not to go out tonight, didn't I? Every time you go out, this kind of thing happens.
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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
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