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Maniac (1963)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 30 October 1963 (USA)
An American painter has an affair with a bar owner in a French village and agrees to help her murderer husband escape from a prison for the criminally insane.

Director:

Michael Carreras

Writer:

Jimmy Sangster
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Cast overview:
Kerwin Mathews ... Jeff Farrell
Nadia Gray ... Eve Beynat
Donald Houston ... Henri
Liliane Brousse ... Annette Beynat
George Pastell ... Inspector Etienne
Arnold Diamond ... Janiello
Norman Bird ... Salon
Justine Lord Justine Lord ... Grace
Jerold Wells ... Giles
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Kerwin Matthews, playing a dissolute drifter down on his luck, Jeff Farrell, is stranded in a cheap bar in France where he falls for Annette, the proprietor's pretty stepdaughter, played by Liliane Brousse. Annette's stepmother Eve, played by Nadia Gray, gradually shifts the young man's attentions to herself, rather than her stepdaughter, and together Eve and Jeff concoct a plot to help free Eve's estranged husband from the institution in which he's been confined as a homicidal maniac these past four years after committing the so-called "Acetylene Murder", when he killed with a blowtorch the man who raped Annette. The idea is that Georges, the husband, will leave the country, but, unknown to Jeff, it's not Georges who escapes but Henri, the guard who has become Eve's lover . . . Written by Wheeler Winston Dixon

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stalks his wife ... his daughter ... their lover! See more »


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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 October 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Maniac See more »

Filming Locations:

Carmarque, France See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Inspector Etienne: Why do you Americans always answer questions with questions of their own?
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Proficient little chiller
7 July 2003 | by lorenellroySee all my reviews

Hammer Studios will always best be remembered for the horror movies they made but their ventures into other styles were by no means negligible and this neat little mystery is a good example of the thrillers they embarked upon now and again. Kerwin Matthews is Paul Farrell ,an American stranded in a small French village in the Camargue ,where some four years earlier a young girl had been raped and her attacker murdered by her father ,who is languishing in prison for the crime.The girl works at the hotel/bar where Farrell is staying and she falls in love with the personable young American who in turn is attracted to her mother ,Eve ,played by Nadia Gray.Together Farrell and Eve plot to help her husband escape and flee the country so they can be free to pursue a relationship. The plot goes awry and soon they are coping with a body in the trunk of their car and mysterious activity in their garage .The twist ending is neat and unexpected . The acting is a little under powered but the whole thing is a neat little piece of double bill fodder that will keep an audience diverted till the main feature arrives.


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