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.
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AVCO Embassy Pictures


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
Michael Laren
as Michael
Joe Gieb
as Misquamacas
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Critic Reviews for The Manitou

All Critics (7)

Visually inventive.

Full Review… | November 16, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | April 19, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

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

April 22, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

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.

Full Review… | February 11, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

July 25, 2002

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September 8, 2005

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.

Christopher Lozier
Christopher Lozier

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

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