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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 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? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Maniacal For Sure. See more (169 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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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 | 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Daria Nicolodi was originally cast to play Anna D'Antoni, but she was unable to go to New York for filming because she was still filming her scenes for the movie Inferno (1980) in Italy.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The nurse is supposedly alone in the subway station, but during one shot (from inside the subway train as it pulls away) we can see several people walking about on the platform.See more »
Quotes:
Frank Zito:I told you not to go out tonight didn't I? Every time you go out this kind of thing happens.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Non gettarmi la sabbia negli occhiSee more »

FAQ

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Maniacal For Sure., 29 July 2006
Author: violetmoreviolent from Portland, Oregon, USA

"Maniac" is one of the few horror movies that I have seen that actually got under my skin a little. It made me feel uncomfortable while I watched what was happening on screen, and very few movies have ever done that to me. The movie follows a psychotic murderer as he wanders the streets of New York City, in cheap restaurants, rundown apartment complexes, and subway stations, searching for his next victims, each of them savagely murdered.

The plot for this movie may not seem very scary, but the way the movie is crafted is genuinely grisly and really made me feel uncomfortable. Rather than going from the victim's point of view as they are slashed to pieces (like most horror movies tend to do), this movie rather focuses on the actual killer himself. We learn about the abuse that he suffered as a small child at the hands of his domineering mother, which is presumably the reason he's become a murderer, taking out his own personal revenge on other people. The one thing about this movie that was so interesting was how the audience got to enter the mind of the killer, so to speak. Joe Spinell gave an excellent performance as the maniac in this movie, he portrayed a tormented human very well. There are some very grisly murders throughout the movie, all of which are fairly gruesome. But the most disturbing aspect to the film was the sense of psychosis that the killer is experiencing.

"Maniac" is surely similar to "Psycho", which makes me wonder whether or not the writers of this film were basing the plot on the real life serial killer Ed Gein, who also grew up with an abusive mother and suffered psychological problems later on as an adult, which ultimately drove him to grave-robbing and murder. There are some striking similarities between the story of this film and Ed Gein's life.

Overall, "Maniac" is one grisly, nasty movie. It displays the psychological torment that many real-life serial killers suffer from and does a good job at it, leaving it's audience uncomfortable in their seats. And from what I have seen, not many movies do that. 7/10.

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