Directed by William Lustig
A twisted psychopath displays his victims' scalps on mannequins in his apartment in Bill Lustig's iconic 1980's slasher movie. The pretty women who encounter Frank Zito (super creep Joe Spinell) all wind up dead. But when Frank meets a female photographer named Anna (cult-horror star Caroline Munro), his interest in her - and her affection for him - leads to a battle between his good and bad sides. MANIAC's famous tagline read "I WARNED YOU NOT TO GO OUT TONIGHT," but no matter whether you watch it inside or out, you run the risk of being scared to death.
A twisted psychopath displays his victims' scalps on mannequins in his apartment.
Cast: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayton
If this movie had a different name and toned the violence down a bit, Joe Spinell would have won many awards. His performance is outstanding, the narrative of this movie is that the violence is senseless and unwarranted, but there is a reason; Frank Zito is emotionally unstable and psychotic. While this movie is not for the weak at heart, it would garner attention today, not for the killings, but in taking a deeper look at mental health, it is the affect that Joaquin Phoenix had in the Joker. This movie is Psycho with the volume turned way up, there is something special about this movie, and should be discussed and broken down by horror fans who appreciate the genre.
It was fine.
Maniac is a genuinely disturbing and thoughtful slasher.
One of the greats right here!
For a cult serial killer movie, this one is truly special. Spinell’s performance is amazing.