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Maniac -- Frank Zito is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific memories begin to scream inside his mind, Frank prowls the seedy streets of New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women.
Maniac -- A schizoid, serial killer randomly stalks and kills various young women in New York which he sees as revenge for the mistreatment he got while being raised by his own abusive mother.

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Director:
Writers:
C.A. Rosenberg (screenplay) and
Joe Spinell (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
6 March 1981 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Run from this man! See more »
Plot:
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? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Classic slice of early 80s gore. See more (176 total) »

Cast

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Joe Spinell ... Frank Zito

Caroline Munro ... Anna D'Antoni
Abigail Clayton ... Rita (as Gail Lawrence)
Kelly Piper ... Nurse
Rita Montone ... Hooker

Tom Savini ... Disco Boy
Hyla Marrow ... Disco Girl

James L. Brewster ... Beach Boy (as James Brewster)
Linda Lee Walter ... Beach Girl
Tracie Evans ... Street Hooker

Sharon Mitchell ... Second Nurse
Carol Henry ... Deadbeat
Nelia Bacmeister ... Carmen Zito
Louis Jawitz ... Art Director
Denise Spagnuolo ... Denise
Billy Spagnuolo ... Billy

Frank Pesce ... T.V. Reporter (voice)
Candace Clements ... First Park Mother
Diane Spagnuolo ... Second Park Mother
Kim Hudson ... Lobby Hooker
Terry Gagnon ... Woman in Alley
Joan Baldwin ... First Model
Jeni Paz ... Second Model
Janelle Winston ... Waitress
Randy Jurgensen ... First Cop
Jimmy Aurichio ... Second Cop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrew W. Garroni ... Jerry (uncredited)
William Lustig ... Al - Hotel Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
William Lustig 
 
Writing credits
C.A. Rosenberg (screenplay) and
Joe Spinell (screenplay)

Joe Spinell (story)

Produced by
Andrew W. Garroni .... producer (as Andrew Garroni)
Judd Hamilton .... executive producer
William Lustig .... producer
John Packard .... associate producer
Joe Spinell .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jay Chattaway 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Lindsay (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Larry Marinelli  (as Lorenzo Marinelli)
 
Makeup Department
Candace Clements .... makeup artist
Tom Savini .... special makeup and effects
Rob Bottin .... makeup effects (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Andrew W. Garroni .... unit production manager (as Andrew Garroni)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Adams III .... second assistant director
Stephen Andrew .... first assistant director
Nelia Bacmeister .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Richard Behrens .... carpenter
Thomas Costabile .... carpenter (as Tom Costabile)
Gary Martin .... property master
Marla Schweppe .... scenic artist
Nick Ward .... property master
 
Sound Department
Rick Dior .... re-recording mixer: Trans Audio
Clinton C. Elliot .... assistant sound editor (as Clint Elliott)
Sanford Rackow .... sound effects (as Sandy Rackow)
Gary Rich .... sound mixer
George Schowerer .... dolby consultant
Erno Sephy .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Canatta .... assistant camera (as James Cannata)
Robert K. Feldmann .... key grip (as Robert Feldman)
Bob Halloran .... best boy
Steven Hirsch .... still photographer (as Steve Hirsch)
Kevin Jones .... gaffer
Robert Lindsay .... camera operator
Luke Walter .... second assistant camera
Bobbi Leigh Zito .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Candace Clements .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
James Proser .... assistant editor
Irving Rathner .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Ron Bacchiocchi .... music engineer
Pete Levin .... electronic music realizations (as Peter Levin)
 
Transportation Department
Ted Moskowitz .... transportation
 
Other crew
Arthur Blum .... production assistant
Jim Harte .... production assistant
Janie Heath .... production assistant
Randy Jurgensen .... production liaison
Deborah Ledendecker .... script supervisor
Laura Little .... production office coordinator
Jason Lustig .... production assistant
Edward Perchaluk .... unit publicist
Janine Stover .... script supervisor
Jerry Sykes .... production assistant
Cecilia Verardi .... production office coordinator (as Cindie Verardi)
Luke Walter .... assistant: Mr. Spinell
Debi Zimmerman .... production coordinator (as Debra Zimmerman)
 

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Runtime:
87 min
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:(Banned) (original rating) | Australia:R (uncut) (2004) | Australia:R (cut) (1982-2004) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (Original rating) | Canada:18A (Alberta) (re-rating) (2013) | Chile:18 (re-rating) | Chile:(Banned) (original rating) (1981-2002) | Finland:(Banned) | Finland:K-18 (DVD rating) (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1989) | France:16 | France:18 | Germany:(Banned) | Italy:VM18 | Italy:VM14 (video rating) | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Sweden:15 | UK:(Banned) (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (cut) | USA:R | West Germany:(Banned) | West Germany:18 (cut)

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Trivia:
The film's distributor had a unique campaign to support its release in New York: mini-screen kiosks were set up in front of theatres that were showing the film in 1980 that had several minutes of un-cut footage, including gory murders. However, the campaign backfired when Gene Siskel condemned it on both his regular TV reporting and "At The Movies", leading to a backlash against the film's violence and the cancellation of plans to have the kiosks used in such major markets as Chicago and Los Angeles.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Frank slits the woman's throat on the beach, the knife makes no contact with the throat, even though blood spurts forth from the wound.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.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Cinemaker (2004) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Goin' to a ShowdownSee more »

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What are the differences between the Director's Cut and the Uncensored Version?
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Classic slice of early 80s gore., 6 July 2006
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Co-written by, and starring Joe Spinell, 'Maniac' is a grim, bloody and horrific journey into the world of a psychotic murderer. Spinell gives a bravura performance as Frank, a deeply disturbed individual haunted by childhood memories of his mistreatment at the hands of his mother.

As a result of his lousy upbringing, Frank is now a first-class loony tune; he slaughters women (although the occasional man gets in his way and ends up dead too) and removes their scalps, taking them home to place upon the mannequins that he keeps in his apartment.

When Frank has his picture taken in a park by photographer Anna (played by the gorgeous Caroline Munro), he tracks her down and almost manages to pass for normal for a while, wining and dining the sexy snapper and being quite charming. But it's not long before the real Frank emerges, and has a go at adding Anna to his long line of victims.

The direction by William Lustig, whilst not exceptional, does the job it was supposed to do; the film never drags and there are one or two edge-of-your-seat moments and a couple of nifty scares.

'Maniac's gory death sequences, by legendary horror make-up legend Tom Savini, are real showstoppers, and include ultra-realistic scalpings, amazing exploding heads and vicious bloody stabbings. The majority of Savini's work on the film is stunning, with only the final decapitation being less than perfect.

'Maniac' is a great example of low-budget 80s splatter and will appeal to all those who enjoy their horror down and dirty with buckets of gore.

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