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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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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

Gene Siskel was so disgusted by the infamous "shotgun head explosion" scene that he walked out of the movie, saying on his television show with Roger Ebert that the film could not redeem itself after the ultra-violence that he had seen. See more »

Goofs

The photo that Anna is developing - of Frank accidentally running into a little girl on a bike - is not the same as the distance she was from, when she first took it. See more »

Quotes

Frank Zito: I told you not to go out tonight, didn't I? Every time you go out, this kind of thing happens.
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Connections

References Deep Red (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Goin' to a Showdown
Written by Adriana Kaegi (as Kaegi)
Performed by Don Armando's 2nd Avenue Rhumba Band
Courtesy of ZE Records
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One of the greatest Horror Films of All TIME!
27 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

From the amazing performance of Joe Spinell to the Brutal Make-up FX of Tom Savini, this is perhaps the mother of all Horror Slasher Flicks...Written to be "Jaws on Land"...this film captures to wonderful vibe on New York City in the late 70's


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