Maniac Reviews

December 28, 2018
The sleazy embodiment of everything that was wrong with the ultraviolent slasher movies of the early 1980s.
December 20, 2018
Though it's about as grungy as a film can get, it feels like a professional job, with a brisk flow and a hard, gritty, urban look and feel.
August 11, 2018
A loathsome exertion in perverse voyeurism.
April 15, 2011
the film about Travis Bickle that Travis Bickle would have made
February 16, 2011
Today's horror movies barely register once the credits stop rolling, but not so Maniac.
October 20, 2010
...an underwhelming, uninvolving product of its time that simply possesses no relevance in 2010.
March 13, 2010
A formidable New York grunge-flick through and through
April 29, 2009
It's a surefire memorable horror film with a horrifying glimpse into the mind of a merciless killer.
August 3, 2007
Seen today, the movie has more in common with the grungy Times Square aesthetic of Abel Ferrara than with the multitudes of slasher flicks that followed it.
July 8, 2005
An unapologetically twisted study in pathological murderousness.
June 26, 2005
June 23, 2005
This old chestnut from 1980 is worth revisiting for fans of the nouveau 'old skool' horror films of today.
September 9, 2004
Distasteful on every level and none to coherent either.
August 30, 2004
Good sense, if not heaven, should protect anyone who thinks he likes horror films from wasting a price of admission on Maniac.
January 14, 2004
October 25, 2002
December 7, 2001
Best described as the diametric opposite of a refreshing shower, William Lustig's Maniac has long been reviled as one of horror's truly ugly films.
February 27, 2001
too good to be dismissed as simple exploitation, but also too inept in too many ways to be taken seriously