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Un aceptable intento de slasher psicológico. Pero se vuelve demasiado lenta y previsible, y no dura siquiera una hora y media. La remake la superó.
it was okay for what it was
My favourite horror/slasher film of all time, its just so great.
Everything in this movie works its got gore, death and a great villain (Frank Zito) portrayed by Joe Spinell (may he rest in peace). This movie is never boring to watch it doesn't have one dull moment in it at all so yeah I absolutely love this movie and if i could give this movie a million stars I would! :)
If Taxi Driver was a horror movie
A really sick movie! This flick has ZERO redeeming quality. Most in the movie are deranged individuals pursuing their own deviant self destructive lifestyle. Nothing but blood & gore to satisfy the the perverse sexual desires of 'Frank'. Frank is supposedly weirded out by being raised by his prostitute/nymphomaniac mother (Any male child raised by a single mother is a recipe for disaster). Those that find pleasure in this movie you are mentally ill, emotionally disturbed/perverse, or Spiritually lost. It is not even scary. It is no wonder our younger generation is so prone to violence, perverse sexual desires, with no sense of love for our fellow man. I was left empty after watching this. The 'Horror Movies' I grew up with were scary but without all the blood, gore, intercourse, and profanity. Save an hour and a half of your life that you will not get back and don't watch this movie.
Supremely sleazy and dingy slasher flick. You'll feel like you need a shower after watching it. It turns the tables, by following the point of view of this nutbar, and it feels like an authentic window into the life of a psycho killer. This movie goes for the jugular.
"Maniac" is a gritty, gruesome tale of a deranged man who was abused as a child. It's a movie that has a grim realism to it and has aged far better than other slasher movies of the early 80s due to its "documentary" style of camera work. Sure, it's a gory and violent film, but a very good one at that. Joe Spinell is absolutely convincing in his role as the titular Maniac.
William Lustig's depraved classic was massively controversial when first released. It garnered the ultimate accolades for an exploitation film- it was HATED by Siskel and Ebert (Gene Siskel said he made it to the shotgun murder then had to leave the preview screening as he couldn't stomach anymore!) and it was picketed by feminist groups.
The film centres around serial killer Frank Zito who likes to scalp his victims and place the scalps on top of shop mannequins in his apartment. It's also shown that hes a victim of abuse by his mother who later died in a car accident (did he cause this?) On the walls of his apartment are paintings of deformed children amongst other things.
Tom Savini provides the special effects and does so with gay abandon. He also stars in the film with explosive results!
Maniac isn't just a great piece of sleazy horror cinema but is also a snapshot of a time when New York really was run-down, dangerous and crime-ridden. It feels more like a gritty documentary than a film made for 42nd Street.
The movie also places actor Joe Spinell centre stage in the role of Frank. He gives one of the greatest depictions of psychotic psychopathy ever captured on film. Spinell can also be seen in Taxi Driver (he delivers that 'You talkin' to me' line in Maniac) and William Friedkin's masterpiece Cruising. An amazing actor.
The film also looks gorgeous. Check out the framing of the murder of the couple on the beach that opens the film. It's exquisite. In fact the film seems more like a giallo, an opera of blood, splattered brains and strands of hair.
The first time I learnt of the film was when I saw the poster for the movie in a copy of the French horror magazine Vendredi 13 in the mid-80s- a close up of the killer's midriff and crotch (which leaves nothing to the imagination), the words 'I warned you not to go out tonight!' written in spiky font, a knife in one of the psycho's hands and a severed woman's head in the other. Even this poster wound up in trouble and had to be censored in certain countries.
The film was rejected for cinema release by the BBFC in 1980 and again in 1998 for a potential VHS release. It was then cut for a DVD release in 2002. But worry not- Blue Underground, the director's Blu-ray label are releasing a 4K transfer in December.
A sick, disgusting film that proves itself to be worthy of the hype. Highly recommended.
A movie about a deranged individual whose mother was a hooker that locked him in the closet during her tricks. Now he kidnaps, kills and scalps women, which he then takes home to nail to the heads of one of his massive array of mannequins, which he sleeps with.
Maniac! is not high art nor is it award winning material. It is what it is and merely aims to gross out, disturb its audience, which it mostly succeeds in doing.
One of the best horror films from the 80's. Disturbing, Gory and Terrifying. Awesome.