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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
Audience Reviews for Maniac
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.
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.
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