Synopsis: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?
In the midst of the junk-laden slasher movie craze of the late ‘70s/early ‘80s came one of those rare exceptions: "Maniac." Anchored by the brilliantly creepy performance of Joe Spinell and an atmosphere awash in grungy and claustrophobia-inducing locations, "Maniac" succeeds where the vast majority of its contemporaries failed: it’s genuinely disturbing. Yes, the slasher-movie conventions are all here (except for the standard teenage morons, thankfully), but the execution is superb. I could’ve lived without the dopey final shot, but that’s a minor quibble. Throw your "Friday the 13th" DVDs in the wastebasket and replace them with the real thing.
About Maniac (1980)
Total Avg. Votes: 6
Writers: C.A. Rosenberg, Joe Spinell
Director: William Lustig