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      R 1980 1h 27m Horror List
      40% Tomatometer 20 Reviews 58% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Childhood abuse triggers a man (Joe Spinell) to kill women and use their scalps to dress his mannequins. Read More Read Less

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      Nick Schager Lessons of Darkness An unapologetically twisted study in pathological murderousness. Rated: B+ Jul 8, 2005 Full Review Vincent Canby New York Times Good sense, if not heaven, should protect anyone who thinks he likes horror films from wasting a price of admission on Maniac. Aug 30, 2004 Full Review D.M. Palmer Vague Visages also offers a more troubling variant of male rage; this time, the rage is empowered by the symbolism of the state, it wears the vestments of respectability... Nov 8, 2023 Full Review Nicholas Bell Spinell's performance and uncomfortable screen presence is what really makes Maniac memorable, not to mention some excellent make-up effects from Tom Savini. Rated: 3/5 Jul 30, 2020 Full Review Larry Vitacco Philadelphia Gay News Maniac doesn't deserve the paper and ink it takes to print this review. Rated: 1.5/4 May 27, 2020 Full Review TV Guide Staff TV Guide The sleazy embodiment of everything that was wrong with the ultraviolent slasher movies of the early 1980s. Rated: 1/5 Dec 28, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Jay H Garbage in every sense of the word. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 04/07/24 Full Review Justin T There is plenty of violence in this serial killer flick. There are also two very good shock sequences. The ending is a bit odd but very good for it. The only problem is that you don't feel much empathy for the victims as the film focuses on the serial killer too much. Still this is a highly entertaining scary film and has aged surprisingly well. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/22/24 Full Review Ian damn what a good ass movie. such a realistic take on serial killers, they don't try to fictionalize anything by giving a stupid motive or explaining too much. the killer is a maniac and that's that. what really makes this movie succeed in the long the long run is how it takes it's sweet time and there are very few cuts during intense scenes. it is very very slow when ever it needs to be and it does a fantastic job at that and makes the movie feel even more realistic. this movie does such a good job at making you, the viewer, feel like you're killing with him. such an eerie and fantastic experience that i can't recommend more. and don't even get me started on Joe Spinell's performance as Frank Zito. HE KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE FUCKING PARK!!! three thumbs up from me 👍👍👍 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/07/23 Full Review Jason B Truly worth watching for any cinephile horror fan because Spinell's central performance is incredibly well-rounded and gripping. It is every bit as complex, if not moreso than Anthony Perkins' in psycho. Without the magnetic work of Joe's acting, this would be a run of the mill slasher flick but you genuinely feel that Frank is conflicted and almost hates himself for what he does. A far better character study than the similarly plotted Joker was almost 40 years later. I can see how the violence would have been incredibly shocking at the time but while the practical effects work by the great Tom Savini is fantastic, this is a tame film compared to things like Saw or Terrifier or even The Walking Dead. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/16/23 Full Review Ben D For a movie I've never even heard of, it was damn good. This movie is gruesome and with Tom Savini's effects this is a must see horror film. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/24 Full Review Ricardo d A idéia é até interessante, mas muito mal desenvolvida. Acredito que pontuar melhor o drama do personagem e uma edição mais ágil tornaria o filme melhor. A cena do tiro no carro é a melhor. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Childhood abuse triggers a man (Joe Spinell) to kill women and use their scalps to dress his mannequins.
      William Lustig
      Andrew W. Garroni, William Lustig
      Joe Spinell, C.A. Rosenberg, Joe Spinell
      Production Co
      Magnum Motion Pictures Inc.
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 10, 2016
      1h 27m
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