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Maniacts (2001)

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Two serial killers meet and fall in love in an asylum for the criminally insane. Upon escaping their corrupt captors, they flee to the country to try and lead a happy, normal life. ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Joe Spinelli
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Beth Windsor
John Furlong ...
Prometheus J. Boley
Mel Winkler ...
Mason
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Matron Knull
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Jumpy (as Jeremiah W. Birkett)
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Tapeman
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Dr. Denton Speck
Simon Brooke ...
Carp
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Bull
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Simon Burke (as Chris Maleki)
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Therapist
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Hooker
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Esai (as Dilio)
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D.A. Ben Rogers
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Two serial killers meet and fall in love in an asylum for the criminally insane. Upon escaping their corrupt captors, they flee to the country to try and lead a happy, normal life. Unfortunately, "normal" turns out to be a state of mind...an elusive state of mind. Written by Kraig Smith <kraigy@mail.utexas.edu>

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Rated R for violence/gore and language | See all certifications »
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6 December 2001 (USA)  »

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ManiaX  »

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1.85 : 1
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Gang Girl: I want to hear you scream.
Beth Windsor: [quietly, sarcastically] Ouch.
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Heart and soul, blood and guts
12 August 2004 | by (South Carolina) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of slashers and thrillers, so I grabbed "Maniacts" from the video store thinking it would be right up my alley. Imagine my surprise when it completely went against my expectations and left me stunned -- in a good way.

Joe and Beth are our "heroes" in this offering, convicted serial killers living in a corrupt insane asylum for violent felons. Once the two meet, we are taken on an increasingly gripping ride loaded with fascinating twists and turns. Director Curt Cressler has given us what may be among the finest pair of psychotic murderers/lovers ever presented, complemented that coupling with a well-played secondary protagonist and given us villains we can't help but despise from the get-go.

But what left my jaw hanging (almost literally) was the ending. The bizarre couple's relationship takes an unexpected turn, then leaves you throbbing in the chest and smiling all the way to the credits. I can't remember a finale this good on a budget this low in many years.

Definitely give this one a look-see. It's not high-dollar slick and overly filled with clichés, which should be all the more reason to check it out. I'm a gore monger and a thrill rider, and this film threw me for quite a (pleasant) loop.


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