Maniac (1980)

I warned you not to go out tonight.

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Podcast Release Date:
Dec 02, 2014

Maniac Series Episode 1

He’s a Maniac, Maniac that’s for sure! And he’ll kill your cat and nail it to the door!

1980 saw the release of several memorable slasher films, including Friday the 13th, Silent Scream, New Year’s Evil, and Prom Night.  Yet of all the 1980s slashers none may be more controversial than Maniac–a low budget splatter film with its unrated violence and Tom Savini’s gore effects.  The film has grown a cult following through home video but maniacal murderer Frank still lacks the name recognition of a Jason or a Michael Myers–yet it did warrant a 2012 remake starring Elijah Wood.  Does Joe Spinell’s psycho killer deserve a place in the pantheon of horror icons?  Listen to find out!

Explicit: This is an uncensored podcast which may contain strong language and adult content that is not appropriate for all ages.

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Movie Details

Series
Maniac
Original Title
Maniac
Title
Maniac
Director
William Lustig
Author
Producer
William Lustig, Andrew W. Garroni
Writer
Actors
Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayton, Kelly Piper, Rita Montone, Tom Savini, Hyla Marrow, James Brewster, Linda Lee Walter, Sharon Mitchell, Frank Pesce, Andrew W. Garroni, William Lustig
Runtime
1 h 27 min
Release Date
7 November 1980
Genres
Horror
Overview
A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in NYC, kills young women and takes their scalps as trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in photographer Anna, and end his killing spree?

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