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Maniac (1980) Horror Movie Review

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Maniac (1980)

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.


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?

About Maniac (1980)

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

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