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Maniac (1980)

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A psychopath, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank Zito
... Anna D'Antoni
Abigail Clayton ... Rita (as Gail Lawrence)
... Nurse
... Hooker
... Disco Boy
Hyla Marrow ... Disco Girl
... Beach Boy (as James Brewster)
Linda Lee Walter ... Beach Girl
Tracie Evans ... Street Hooker
... Second Nurse
... Deadbeat
Nelia Bacmeister ... Carmen Zito
Louis Jawitz ... Art Director
Denise Spagnuolo ... Denise
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Storyline

Frank Zito misses his mother, who was killed in a car accident years before. She was abusive to him, and made money selling her body, but Frank still misses her. He tries to keep her from leaving him, and reform her evil ways, by killing young women and putting their scalps on mannequins which he displays around his apartment. Photographer Anna D'Antoni takes a picture of him in the park, and he pursues and befriends her. Is she the one he has been looking for or just another mother wannabe? Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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You can lock your windows and doors...But you can't lock the madman out of your mind. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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6 March 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Maníaco  »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,000,000, 31 December 1981
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Trivia

According to director William Lustig, Italian horror director Dario Argento was supposed to be involved as co-producer because his wife at the time was originally offered the protagonist role but was unavailable. Also Lustig's original request for the music was to have Goblin, Argento's Italian rock metal band to the score the movie Maniac before using Jay Chattaway as a second choice. See more »

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Vaguely reflected from the inside of the subway windows, when the nurse struggles to get into the subway to escape from Zito. See more »

Quotes

Frank Zito: [to the nurse victim]
Frank Zito: Now now now, it'll be alright. Look, it's just a little inconvenient.;I know how upsetting it is! But it's just a little blood. It'll wash out. Look, you have to be more careful. Yes. Getting very careless. Blood in your hair.
[smacks his lips]
Frank Zito: What will people say? What will we do? You want to look pretty, don't you? Pretty for me. You're so pretty.
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Referenced in Fangoria Puppets (2011) See more »

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Non gettarmi la sabbia negli occhi
Written by Matteo Chiosso (as Chiosso)/Gigi Cichellero (as Cichellero)
Performed by Gino Bramieri
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Gory as hell no-holds-barred slasher flick.
30 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

"Maniac" is one of the most visceral examples of the horror genre.Along with Romano Scavolini's "Nightmare"(1981)it is one of the most disturbing horror films ever made.The killings presented here are cold-blooded,extremely brutal and gory."Maniac" in its almost pornographic depiction of violence makes any "Friday the 13th" film look tame.Joe Spinell is perfect as a maniac killer Frank Zito,who graphically murders and scalps his victims.Caroline Munro("Kronos","Slaughter High")is really hot as a young fashion photographer.The gore effects made by Tom Savini are simply spectacular-the head explosion scene has to be one of the most amazing moments in cinematic history.The amount of gore splashed in this sequence is incredible.The direction by William Lustig("Maniac Cop" series,"The Violation of Claudia")is well-handled,the acting is fairly convincing and the atmosphere is really ugly and disturbing.Definitely one to avoid if you're politically correct,but if you like confrontional stuff you can't miss it.10 out of 10.See it now!


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