As a movie that holds no barrel in being disgusting and showing a person that is completely deranged than maniac sure is the thing. Jun 27, 2011 203 videos play all b movie trailer dricc bbc top 5 best assassins creed cinematic trailers 20072017 new duration. It is a film that is good and shocking and it made its mark in the early 80s horror genre. Were your movie poster source for new releases and vintage movie posters.
Directed by william lustig who also made the adult film the violation of claudia under a pseudonym and would later go on to direct maniac cop 1988, among others and starring the late great character actor joe spinell who also wrote and coproduced the film, maniac was for many people the poster child for everything that was wrong, vile, and dangerous with the horror film genre. Maniac is one of those films whose characters are few, and in some cases lacking. It stars joe spinell as frank zito, an italianamerican serial killer residing in new york city who murders and scalps young women. Maniac official trailer 2 2012 elijah wood horror movie hd. A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in new york city, offs young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. The movie itself is a favorite of mine and i revisit it time to time from my collection. Michael sembello recorded a version of maniac as the title track for a soundtrack for this film that was never released. Maniac is the first horror movie i ever bought with my own money. Jul 28, 2019 maniac movie trailer 1980 plot synopsis. Maniac simply exists as a wretched yet unforgettable succession of scenes meant to corrupt even the purest of minds, if you can help yourself from laughing uncontrollably at its overwhelming. The story follows a serial killer who stalks young women and scalps them. Joe spinell is completely believable as sicko sleazy perv with a passion for scalping and knifing prostitutes.
Maniac is about a schizophrenic guy who is tormented by the memory of his domineering loveless mom. It was directed by william lustig maniac cop, uncle sam and stars joe spinell in the title role. Released 1980, maniac stars joe spinell, caroline munro, abigail clayton, kelly piper the r movie has a runtime of about 1 hr 27 min, and received a score of 22 out of 100 on metacritic, which. Maniac is a slasher told from the perspective of the killer. When not stalking times square or ranting insanely. Blue underground is releasing this 1980 classic on bluray, and i will be. Joe spinell was working in between the filming of maniac 1980 with other movie projects, one of them being nighthawks 1981 which began filming before production on maniac ended, in which spinell cut his hair short and shaved off his mustache to play a clean. Gorgeous caroline munro is a possible murder victim playing a photographer.
Maniac is the purest expression of the dominant 80s violence as pornography horror film aesthetic. However, when siskel had been asked if he had ever walked out of a movie, he did not mention the film, responding he left the 1996 film black. His outlet for this torment is stalking and scalping women, using their hair to create mannequin effigies of them. I still dont think any other films capture such a horrifying. Upon its release in 1980 this film was accused by critics of taking the slasher film and its accompanying gore effects to new, unpleasantly. Maniac is a 2012 slasher film directed by franck khalfoun, written by alexandre aja and gregory levasseur, and starring elijah wood and nora arnezeder. She then turns and lowers herself into the bath, showing her breasts and bush before she gets into the water and is mostly covered by bubbles. So which film accels at having few characters who are good.
Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree. Maniac 1980 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Often remembered for tom savinis amazingly realistic depictions of violence, the film should also be rightly remembered for its genuinely creepy story and joe. A gritty, lowbudget slasher, maniac is a rather pointless film thats only focused on gore. Also sign me up for fanmail to get updates on all things movies. Gory extended trailer from this awesome 80s slasher movie. Autoplay when autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will.
Many critics pass it like a lot of horror over as being just a nasty movie about nasty people or a generic slasher film an odd comparison as it bears little resemblance to. Maniac, given an xrating for extreme violence and gore, is the story of a new york psycho joe spinell who kills females and scalps them for his mannequin collection at home. Many critics pass it like a lot of horror over as being just a nasty movie about nasty people or a generic slasher film an odd comparison as it. A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in new york city, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. There are so many great slashers of the 1980s and maniac is definitely one of several. Starcrash, the last horror film isnt like most of our 19741980 era slashers. Maniac is a 1980 american psychological slasher film directed by william lustig and written by joe spinell and c. Maniac was the slasher flick i picked out to watch on this ravishing day of friday the th as ive been intrigued to see how maniac is as a whole and i have to admit this was far more unsettling than i expected it to be for an obscure slasher that was released in 1980. The plot focuses on a disturbed and traumatized serial killer who scalps his victims. Elijah wood stars in the brutal slasher film maniac, a daring and imaginative remake of the 1980 cult classic. Spinell also developed the story and stars as the lead character.
A psychopath, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in new york city, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Maniac appears during an early scene in flashdance and is used as the backing track of a montage sequence showing alex jennifer beals training strenuously in her converted warehouse sembello had originally written the song as a horror theme after watching a slasher film possibly 1980s. It has a good look and feel to it and i like joe spinell in it. Maniac 3disc limited edition 4k restoration coming in december brian b. Nov 14, 2018 notorious horror classic maniac 1980 is getting and exclusive. Todays horror movies barely register once the credits stop rolling, but not so maniac. Financial analysis of maniac 1980 including budget, domestic and international box office gross, dvd and bluray sales reports, total earnings and profitability. It is fully revealed here that frank was abused and neglected by his own mother, leading him to go on this killing spree. If you have any questions, or need the bot to ignore the links, or the page altogether, please visit this simple faq for additional information. Suspiria 1977 some of the scenes in maniac have suspirialike bright colors which is an homage to that film. Abigail clayton credited as gail lawrence taking off a blue robe in a bathroom to reveal most of her bare butt as she stands naked by a bath. Lacking in story, the film really just breaks down into a series of random kill scenes. Get your swag on with discounted movies to stream at home, exclusive movie gear, access to advanced screenings and discounts galore. It is a remake of the 1980 film of the same name, and follows the violent exploits of a brutal serial killer.
Maniac is a 1980 american exploitation slasher film directed by william lustig and cowritten by known character actor joe spinell. Man, i must have watched that movie 3 times the first night i had it. It follows the exploits of the womanhating and mommy issuesridden psychopath frank zito, who wanders the streets of the big rotten apple from one brutal kill to the next, breathing heavily and babbling incoherently all the while. A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in new york city, offs young women and. By aidan ross one horror film of the 80s that is often missed in discussions of the era is bill lustigs gemmaniac. Maniac, given an xrating for extreme violence and gore, is the story of a. While the lyrics are lurid and violent as reflections of what the movie was like, the song later caught the attention of producers who got sembello to record a new version that matched the film they were working on. Joe spinell was working in between the filming of maniac 1980 with other movie projects, one of them being nighthawks 1981 which began filming before production on maniac ended, in which spinell cut his hair short and shaved off his mustache to play a cleancut, highranking new york police official for nighthawks.
Grittiness and unsettling tone is this movies calling card paired with the legendary gore effects by tom savini. Joe plays frank, a photographer, who misses his dead mother. The movie that caused a wave of controversy when it was released in 1980, william lustigs maniac, is now talked about as a great slasher flick at the height of the genres popularity. Maniac is a grungy and very depraved slasher flick. Starring joe spinell, caroline munro, abigail clayton, kelly piper, and tom savini. Bye bye monkey 1978 abigail clayton appeared as a model in maniac 1980 and one of her modelling photos shows her on a beach. The late, great character actor joe spinell dominates the movie as frank zito, a lonely new york psycho with a habit of stabbing, killing, and scalping women. Maniac 1980 39% joe spinell starred in, financed, and cowrote maniac, suggesting he was a man with a lot to get off his chest. Which probably means he called in a lot of neighborhood favors to get the movie in the can. Maniac is a 1980 american psychological slasher film directed by william lustig and written by c. Maniac is a 1980 american psychological slasher film directed by william lustig and written by. Maniac internet movie firearms database guns in movies. It delivers extremely strong levels of brutal violence early, to set up audience expectations, and continues to bring the gore throughout its running time.
Nov 14, 2018 notorious horror classic maniac 1980 is getting and exclusive limited collectors edition which includes 2. At the height of the slasher craze, maniac 1980 was condemned by critics as one of the sleaziest, most irredeemable examples of the genreand thats why mr. The data is only saved locally on your computer and never transferred to us. I have just modified one external link on maniac 1980 film. Enter your location to see which movie theaters are playing maniac 1980 near you. An unhinged man on the streets of new york city kills and. The godfather actor stars as serial killer frank zito, whose singlemothercumhooker warped his childhood development, and who now spends nights scalping women to complete his mannequin dolls. Critics didnt like maniac a whole lot gene siskel couldnt. This old chestnut from 1980 is worth revisiting for fans of the nouveau old skool horror films of today. Joe spinell caroline munro abigail clayton kelly piper rita montone tom savini hyla marrow james l. Frank returns to his mothers grave and kneels at the headstone crying again until suddenly the rotting corpse of his mother bursts out of the ground and grabs him shades of the movie carrie. With joe spinell, caroline munro, abigail clayton, kelly piper. This movie isnt just another awesome showcase of the great tom sex machine savinis brilliant gore effects but a well thought out masterpiece. It is mostly notable for spinells portrayal of a psychotic serial killer frank zito as well as incredible special makeup effects by genre guru tom savini and neonoir dark romantic depiction of new york, all these while not being stripped of social content and sense.178 159 39 1189 1539 1324 166 1028 171 1204 575 981 1450 844 1444 1520 1323 210 1364 801 1082 470 310 1437 1186 1478 943 53 110 360 753 1489 1487