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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:
Excellent make-up FX and claustrophobic atmosphere. See more (168 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 | 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:
William Lustig and Joe Spinell, say they didn't always have the necessary permits to film on location in New York City. Certain scenes (including the infamous shotgun through the windshield scene) had to have been filmed quickly and afterwards the crew had to run away before the cops arrived.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:
[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:
Referenced in Maniac Men (2010) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Goin' to a ShowdownSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Director's Cut and the Uncensored Version?
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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Excellent make-up FX and claustrophobic atmosphere., 10 July 2002
Author: capkronos (capkronos00@hotmail.com) from Ohio, USA

I'd first like to applaud Tom Savini for his work here; MANIAC contains some of the most realistic and unrestrained gore fx I've seen; possibly THE best up until the time of its release. Anyone who says that horror film make-up men (and women) don't deserve to be called artists is an idiot. Here you get explicitly bloody murders and scalpings, plus a show-stopper head-being-blown-off-with-shotgun murder and a man being ripped apart nightmare and it all looks pretty damn convincing to me.

Aside from the effects, director William Lustig does an OK job with color schemes (especially considering the budget) and the grimy, sleazy underbelly of New York is brilliantly exploited to give this film a truly nihilistic and seedy feel. The film itself, I thought, was scary, disturbing, intense and even suspenseful in parts (the subway sequence was especially well handled), which is how it should be. Reliable character actor Joe Spinell (from TAXI DRIVER, THE GODFATHER, etc.) also offers an effective performance as the sweaty, overweight, emotionally- scarred killer.

On the down side, a plot would have been nice and it's unforgivable to waste British actress Caroline Munro on such a poorly scripted nothing role. Her beauty, charm and smile light up the screen and could have been better harnessed to counteract the ugliness on hand. Anyway, the film at least provokes some kind of reaction from its audience. Seeing a few of my squeamish female friends appalled and horrified by the film made it well worth the watch to me!

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