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Maniac [30th Anniversary Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1980]

  • SKU: 18777771
  • Release Date: 10/26/2010
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (10 out of 11)

    Special Features


    • Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig and Co-Producer Andrew W. Garroni
    • Audio Commentary #2 With Co-Producer/Director William Lustig, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini, Editor Lorenzo Marinelli, and Joe Spinell's Assistant Luke Walter
    • Anna and the Killer - Interview with Star Caroline Munro
    • The Death Dealer - Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini
    • Dark Notes - Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway
    • Maniac Men - Interview with Songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky
    • Theatrical Trailers
    • TV Spots
    • Radio Spots
    • Mr. Robbie: Maniac 2 Promo Reel
    • The Joe Spinell Story
    • Maniac Publicity
    • Maniac Controversy

    Synopsis


    Maniac!
    Joe Spinell, who appeared in Taxi Driver, stars in this unsavory horror film as Frank Zito, a character reminiscent of an even more disturbed Travis Bickle. Frank is an embittered loser who talks to himself and his dead mother, stalks a pretty model (Caroline Munro), and spends his spare time brutally murdering women. He then scalps his victims and puts the trophies on mannequins which he takes to bed with him at night. An unpleasant film with a relentlessly downbeat tone, Maniac! features graphic, bloody special-effects makeup by cult favorite Tom Savini, who meets a gruesome end in a cameo as "Disco Boy." Highlights include a realistic scalping by Exacto knife and an exploding head. The ending takes an interesting twist as Spinell hallucinates his victims returning to life and tearing him limb from limb. Spinell and Munro reteamed in 1982 for The Last Horror Film. Adult film star Sharon Mitchell (whom director William Lustig discovered in The Violation of Claudia) appears briefly as a nurse. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Joe Spinell
      Joe Spinell - Frank Zito
    • Caroline Munro
      Caroline Munro - Ann D'Antoni
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      Gail Lawrence - Rita
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      Kelly Piper - Nurse
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      Rita Montone - Hooker



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 11 reviews

    91%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Decent movie, terrible Bluray transfer!

      Posted
      blurayer

      "Maniac" is a love it or hate it affair. I am a big fan, but the Blu-ray edition is abysmal in the video department. The film does not translate well to the high definition technology and boy does it remind you every single minute of the film. Blotchy, poor definition, pale darks, grain galore and some artifacts that simply shouldn't be present in a decent high definition experience. Culled from a 16 mm print, its about to be expected. Why bother, though? Buying the Bluray is not going to improve over the standard DVD edition. Lots of excellent extras but the video quality of the feature has much to be desired.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A more realistic take on the 80's slasher!!

      Posted
      AgentBoolen

      A more realistic take on the 80's slasher!! Joe Spinell really builds up a sick and twisted killer in this William Lustig directed horror movie. It has a dirty, gritty, real feel to it that really works while staying bloody and violent, the way a 80's slasher movie should be. In my opinion this is a classic 80's slasher that was forgotten just for the fact that Joe Spinell did not live long enough to star in sequel after sequel after it. Horror movie legacy's are kept a live with being given lots of sequels but just because this one didn't get that same treatment doesn't mean this isn't a classic.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Saw years ago I theater

      Posted
      Mikki
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      Tried on DVD 1st in case it wasn't same movie. I admit i was afraid to walk out of theater this time I had to pause DVD and watch during daylight hours. DVD was not bad on my Sony upscaled blu-ray player

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great horror film.

      Posted
      dirtyvegas
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      Completely over the top horror film. This anniversary edition has amazing special features. Very in depth. I would recommend this film on the special features alone. Picture quality is awful but that was the intended look for the film. Sound quality is much better.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      CLASSIC GORY GRITTY NYC SETTING HORRIR PLOT

      Posted
      CATHOLIC2382
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      I PREVIOUSLY OWNED THIS TITLE ON DVD AND HAD TO UPGRADE TO BLURAY. ITS BEEN IN MY COLLECTION FOR YEARS SO I HAD TO GET IT. I LOVE JOE SPINNELI WHO EAS THE STAR IN THIS ROLE HE ALSO PLAYED IN ROCKY AND THE GODFATHER AND TAXI DRIVER. I LOVE THE 70S & 80S.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Spinell!!!

      Posted
      Rush2112

      This is how to make a low budget shocker. Don't expect campiness in this movie. A must see if you like the grindhouse-style of the 70s-early 80s. No doubt partially inspired by the Son of Sam happenings. Spinell is perfectly cast and won't soon be forgotten.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Old School Thriller!

      Posted
      Bumblebee101
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      This film takes you into the mind of a serial killer. This thriller is great to watch for a horror movie night, especially if it is an 80's themed movie night!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      awesome movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Posted
      CyanideTheJudasKissAllNightmareLong101

      great movie i loved it from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love the people who made this movie possible

      I would recommend this to a friend



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