Maniac

1934, Horror, 1h 7m

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A vaudevillian (Bill Woods) poses as a mad doctor (Horace B. Carpenter), injects a patient and eats a black cat's eye.

Cast & Crew

Bill Woods
Don Maxwell
Horace B. Carpenter
Dr. Meirschultz
Phyllis Diller
Mrs. Buckley
Thea Ramsey
Alice Maxwell
Celia McCann
Jo
John P. Wade
Embalmer Mike
William C. Thompson
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William Astin
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All Critics (9) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (1)

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  • Mar 06, 2013
    I hoped this short feature would be "fun," but it's just a creaky, horribly acted "Frankenstein" ripoff with a barely coherent script. Pretty girls wearing lingerie or less (pre-Hays Code nudity is always a kick) turn up for no reason beyond titillation, while stylistic quirks include multiple-image "daydreams" and academic title cards describing a character's evident mental illnesses. Ed Wood films are more entertaining and aren't burdened with unpleasant cruelty to cats. I believe "Maniac" is 51 minutes long, rather than 67 minutes as cited above.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2012
    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.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2011
    Stupid as film that doesn't need to be watched
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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