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After accidentally killing a mad scientist, a man begins to assume the researcher's psychotic persona, including his desire to resurrect the dead. One of the earliest exploitation films, this demented thriller was considered shockingly risque at the time of its release.
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Critic Reviews for Maniac
A truly wretched film that I enjoyed, partly because of and partly in spite of its excessive excrescence.
It's a campy shocker that is so bad that it might just appeal for that very undeniable reason.
It's impressive how every new player brings their own bad acting technique to the picture
Whoa! Even seeing it isn't believing!
Audience Reviews for Maniac
The earliest example of a trashy horror/exploitation flick. This movie, like 'Plan 9 from Outer Space', is so bad that it is rather good. The acting is hilariously over-the-top, the 'educational' slides for mental illness are weirdly phrased, and plenty of entertainingly surreal moments (like a scene where the scientist eats a cat's eye). A truly outrageous schlocky horror flick that is worth seeing because of how consistently laughable it is throughout.
Sometimes I liked this movie, and sometimes I hated this movie. First of all, I love cats! Second, this movie is really outrageous, over the top, and somewhat funny, and that's what I liked about it. Third, this movie feels like an experimental film at times, for example, the superimposed devils. I didn't like the experimental feel it had, it could have been a great horror movie, but it tries too hard to define what the word maniac means, it even quotes experts. It's an interesting movie to watch, but I don't recommend it.
An on-the-lam vaudevillian kills and impersonates his mad scientist employer and is suddenly afflicted by every psychosis in the book, which leads him to accidentally create an orangutan-man rapist, eat cat eyeballs, and lock women in his basement to fight with syringes. 1934 audiences looking for sleaziness had their appetite sated by the shocks and pre-Code nudity, but today it's admired for the deranged performances and the insane inventiveness of the plot; the result is a jaw-dropping oddity that must be seen to be believed.
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