Maniac (1980)

1980 Horror, Thriller, Drama, Crime

User Score: 50/100


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)

Title: Maniac
Year: 1980
Starring: Tom Savini, William Lustig, Caroline Munro, Randy Jurgensen, Frank Pesce, Kelly Piper, Rita Montone, Jeni Paz, Hyla Marrow, Janelle Winston, James L. Brewster, Linda Lee Walter, Jimmy Aurichio, Tracie Evans, Andrew W. Garroni, Sharon Mitchell, Carol Henry, Nelia Bacmeister, Louis Jawitz, Denise Spagnuolo, Billy Spagnuolo, Candace Clements, Diane Spagnuolo, Joe Spinell, Kim Hudson, Abigail Clayton, Terry Gagnon, Joan Baldwin
Director: William Lustig
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.5/5 stars from 6 users. Votes: 6.
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Crime

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