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Frank Zito (a career performance by co-writer/co-executive producer Joe Spinell of ROCKY and THE GODFATHER fame) is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific memories begin to scream inside his mind, Frank prowls the seedy streets of New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women. Now Frank has begun a relationship with a beautiful photographer (Caroline Munro of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME), yet his vile compulsions remain. These are the atrocities of a human monster. This is the story of a MANIAC.
Directed by William Lustig (MANIAC COP, VIGILANTE) and featuring landmark gore effects by Tom Savini (DAWN OF THE DEAD, FRIDAY THE 13th), this notorious classic was censored all over the world for its graphic violence. But MANIAC is more than just one of the most relentlessly depraved films of our time; it is quite possibly one of the most disturbing horror movies ever made. Now experience MANIAC like you've never seen or heard it before!Extras:
Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig and Co-Producer Andrew W. Garroni
Audio Commentary #2 with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini, Editor Lorenzo Marinelli, and Joe Spinell's Assistant Luke Walter
Anna and the Killer - Interview with Star Caroline Munro
The Death Dealer - Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini
Dark Notes - Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway
Maniac Men - Interview with Songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky
Mr. Robbie: Maniac 2 Promo Reel
'Some Of The Most Unprecedented, Graphically Detailed Depictions Of Violence Ever Put Before A Viewing Audience!' --Rue Morgue
'One Of The Darkest Films Of All Time... Required Viewing For Any Horror Fan!' --HorrorDVDs.com
'An Undiluted Expression Of Urban Horror... A Formidable New York Grunge Flick Through And Through!' --Cinepassion
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Well I watched the film again for the 1st time in a long time. It has grown on me somewhat. I was going to give it a 3 star rating from first glance. But after a 2nd viewing, I started to realize how creepy those Mannequins are. The ending scene in the apartment is what really creeps me out. Very contorted and morbid. I'd probably watch this more on a cold dark overcast dreary day. While some parts are not at times well put together as far as acting goes, it still made its mark in the cult film genre. If it wasn't for the infamous Graphic 12 Gauge Shot-gun murder scene (Thanks to good ol' Tom Savini) and for the ending it would not have gotten a 4th star from me. So, for those two reasons, it's worth the purchase after all.
Joe Spinell plays the main character, The Maniac, in the film.
He wanders the streets and underground for victims to kill using knives and other sharp weapons and then systematically scalps them and keeps their hair to dress manikins that he keeps in his bedroom.
Joe's performance as a deranged killer is believable and helps the viewer in connecting with his horrible acts of murder and mutilation on his female victims.
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A mentally disturbed man goes on a killing spree and tries
to stop. The late, Spinell (Rocky) was great in this because
he was not only creepy, but you felt a little sympathy for
his character. He & Munro (The Spy Who Loved Me) also
had good chemistry and Tom Savini did great with the
make-up effects as usual. This Blu-ray has good picture
and sound plus some neat extras. I recommend this
great slasher/horror flick.
This limited edition DVD set is beautifully packaged! It contains the standard DVD release and as a bonus, the set includes the original Score CD which is shaped as the killer's head.
The animated menus, extras on the DVD are perfect. As a plus, Anchor Bay's edition contains an all-new Joe Spinell featurette. It is worth watching.