The Manitou (1978)
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as Harry Erskine
as Singing Rock
as Karen Tandy
as Amelia Crusoe
as Dr. Jack Hughes
as Mrs. Karmann
as Dr. Ernest Snow
as Dr. Robert McEvoy
as Mrs. Winconis
as Mrs. Hertz
as Floor Nurse
as Singing Rock's Wife
as 2nd Floor Nurse
Critic Reviews for The Manitou
Even if the story becomes totally absurd, it has more in the way of creativity than most modern horror remakes.
Avoid unless you want to hear Tony Curtis yell , "In her neck" as only he can!
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.
Ack! There's an evil Indian demon growing on my neck!
Audience Reviews for The Manitou
"The Manitou" is about an evil 400-year-old Native American medicine man whose reincarnated fetus is rapidly gestating inside the neck skin of Susan Strasberg, a woman whose mystic tarot card reader is played by Tony Curtis (!). Needless to say, unintentional hilarity ensues. Wait 'til you see this creepy little medicine man (no, I'm not kidding - and, unfortunately, neither were they) crawl out from between her shoulder blades, waddle around the hospital floor, grimacing and making stereotypical "Indian" chanting noises. Oh! And marvel at the "Star Wars"-inspired finale (yes, once again, I am not kidding). It's a real gas, this one. "The Manitou" is absolutely, positively one of the worst films I have ever seen, and yet I found some enjoyment in its seemingly endless 104 minutes of ridiculousness. Go figure.
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...
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.
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