The Manitou (1978)


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A psychic's girlfriend finds out that a lump on her back is a growing reincarnation of a 400 year-old demonic Native American spirit.

Rating: PG
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Jon Cedar, William Girdler, Thomas Pope
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2007
AVCO Embassy Pictures



as Harry Erskine

as Singing Rock

as Karen Tandy

as Amelia Crusoe

as Dr. Jack Hughes

as Mrs. Karmann

as Dr. Ernest Snow

as Dr. Robert McEvoy

as Mrs. Winconis

as Mrs. Hertz

as Floor Nurse

as MacArthur

as Singing Rock's Wife

as Prostitute

as 2nd Floor Nurse

as Misquamacas
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Critic Reviews for The Manitou

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Visually inventive.

Full Review… | November 16, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Even if the story becomes totally absurd, it has more in the way of creativity than most modern horror remakes.

Full Review… | April 19, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

Avoid unless you want to hear Tony Curtis yell , "In her neck" as only he can!

April 22, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Audience Reviews for The Manitou

A woman goes into the hospital to have a tumor on her neck looked at, it turns out that the growth is in fact a 400-year-old Indian Shaman. Tony Curtis, Burgess Meredith and a Medicine Man team up to prevent it from from taking over the world.

Strange hokiness ensues...

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


A 400-year old Indian shaman reincarnates himself as a tumor in a woman's back, and a fortune telling charlatan (Tony Curtis) must harness the power of ancient Indian medicine and the modern electric typewriter to stop him from bringing Satan into the world. The movie-star cast mostly plays the ridiculous premise straight-faced, and along with the cheap but colorful sfx (dig that cosmic climax!) they keep this entertaining throughout, something "better" written and directed movies often can't seem to do.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


I always reminise on this film and so I decided to watch it after 20 or so years and well its not so bad. Its a sci fi / horror/ occult film based in San Fransisco. Its kind of funny and not scary but its not bad.

Alexander Wilson

Super Reviewer

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