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The Manitou (1977)

A psychic's girlfriend finds out that a lump on her back is a growing reincarnation of a 400 year-old demonic Native American spirit.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Erskine
... John Singing Rock
... Karen Tandy
... Amelia Crusoe
... Dr. Jack Hughes
... Mrs. Karmann
... Dr. Snow
... Dr. McEvoy
... Mrs. Winconis
... Mrs. Herz
Hugh Corcoran ... MacArthur
Anne Newman Bacal ... 10th-Floor Nurse (as Ann Newman-Mantee)
Jan Heininger ... Wolf, an orderly
... Michael, an orderly
Cindy Stanford ... Neighbor
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Karen Tandy enters a San Franisco hospital suffering from a tumor growing in her neck. Her surprised doctors think it's a living creature, a fetus being born inside the tumor. Fortune-teller Harry Erskine dismisses it -- until one of his customers begins speaking in tongues and fatally throws herself down a flight of stairs, and Karen's surgeon attempts to cut off his own hand rather than excise her tumor. Erskine finally seeks help from another fortune teller, Amelia Crusoe, and her husband, to try to learn the cause of these supernatural events. When Karen's tumor gets larger, Dr. Snow speculates that within her tumor lives vengeful 400-year-old Indian spirit. Erskine travels to South Dakota to enlist the aid of Indian medicine man John Singing Rock to force the evil spirit out of Karen and back where it came. The Indian spirit is driven from Karen's tumor, but will it take over others before Singing Rock can send him back? Written by <Blythe379@cs.com>

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Possession marked The Exorcist. Demonaic Pregenacy arupted Rosemary's Baby. Warnings followed The Omen. And The Manitou has it all combined! See more »

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15 April 1978 (Japan)  »

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Manitou  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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At $3 million, this was director William Girdler's biggest budgeted film. See more »

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Dr. McEvoy: [after seeing the manitou] It's not possible.
John Singing Rock: Possible? Is that your SCIENCE talking, DOCTOR?
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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 2 (1996) See more »

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Entertaining but spoilt by the ending
18 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

I found The Manitou to be quite an interesting, if not cheesy film. It starts off quite well and the pace moves along nicely as the story draws you in. The first half is dedicated to the story and what happens before the demon is born. The second half deals with what occurs after he is born and climaxes with a cheesy sci-fi ending. The acting is very solid throughout and the characters believable. The highlight of the film is supposedly when the demon is born, as he breaks out of the "fetus" attached to the woman's back. I didn't find it particularly impressive though. I did however enjoy the story about the Indian spirit and how this would be his fourth or fifth incarnation. I've always had a soft spot for mythology and "demon births", probably from watching too many Xena: Warrior Princess episodes.

The film is spoilt mainly by the ultra cheesy ending, that looks like something out of an old Star Trek episode. Up until that point I thought the story worked well as a serious film, but the ending brought it into cheese territory and ruined it for me. It's not that I don't like cheese, but you can't just introduce it in the last 10 minutes of a film and get away with it!


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