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.


Tony Curtis
as Harry Erskine
Michael Ansara
as Singing Rock
Susan Strasberg
as Karen Tandy
Stella Stevens
as Amelia Crusoe
Jon Cedar
as Dr. Jack Hughes
Ann Sothern
as Mrs. Karmann
Burgess Meredith
as Dr. Ernest Snow
Paul Mantee
as Dr. Robert McEvoy
Jeanette Nolan
as Mrs. Winconis
Lurene Tuttle
as Mrs. Hertz
Ann Mantee
as Floor Nurse
Hugh Corcoran
as MacArthur
as Singing Rock's Wife
Carole Hemingway
as Prostitute
Beverly Kushida
as 2nd Floor Nurse
Joe Gieb
as Misquamacas
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Critic Reviews for The Manitou

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

El sleazo profoundo trasho zilch.

Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Visually inventive.

Nov 16, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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

Apr 19, 2007 | Full Review…

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

Apr 22, 2005 | Rating: 0/5

How can anyone resist a movie that involves a 400-year-old medicine man growing as a tumor on Susan Strasberg's back? Yes, that really is the premise. Honest.

Feb 12, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Ack! There's an evil Indian demon growing on my neck!

Jul 26, 2002 | Rating: 1/5

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
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
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
Alexander Wilson

Super Reviewer

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