Maniac/Narcotic [DVD]

Two exploitation classics are packaged together in this twin set from Kino Video. Maniac, a supposed hard-hitting examination of mental illness, and Narcotic, an anti-drug film that owes more than a little to the camp classic Reefer Madness, are both presented in their original aspect ratios of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary by film historian Bret Wood, the original theatrical trailer for and screenplay excerpt from Maniac, a photo gallery, and a history of the censorship faced by these films produced outside the Hollywood system. This is a very entertaining DVD.
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Special Features

  • Original theatrical trailer for Maniac
  • Audio commentary by Bret Wood
  • Censorship records
  • Photo gallery
  • Excerpt from the screenplay of Maniac
  • Video excerpt of Maciste in Hell


The Narcotic
Exploitation auteur Dwain Esper directed this hare-brained exposé on the perils of drug addiction. William Davis (Harry Cording) is a young doctor eager to establish his practice when he makes the mistake of striking up a friendship with wily Asian Gee Wu (J. Stuart Blackton Jr.). Gee Wu introduces William to one of his favorite pastimes, opium, and it isn't long before William is a hopeless addict. As his habit grows, William's wife (Joan Dix) becomes increasingly alarmed and persuades him to get medical help. However, quacks foolishly swap William's opium habit for a prescribed dependence on heroin, leading the hapless medico back where he started. Like most of Esper's films, The Narcotic was scripted by Hildegarde Stadie, who happened to be Esper's wife; she supposedly based the story on her uncle's own unfortunate experience with opiates. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Marcel André
    Marcel André
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    Horace B. Carpenter - Dr. Meirschultz
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    Jennie Dark - Maizie
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    Ted Edwards - Buckley
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    Celia McGann - Jo

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