- Actors: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayton, Kelly Piper, Rita Montone
- Directors: William Lustig
- Format: Import, PAL, Special Edition, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Danish
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Studio: another world entertaiment..
- Run Time: 87 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B002MUWMVG
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,877 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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UNCUT 2 DISC SPECIAL EDITION..CUT FOR ITS UK RELEASE.. Frank Zito (a career performance by co-writer/co-executive producer Joe Spinell of ROCKY and THE GODFATHER fame) is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific memories begin to scream inside his mind, Frank prowls the seedy streets of New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women. Now Frank has begun a relationship with a beautiful photographer (Caroline Munro of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME), yet his vile compulsions remain. These are the atrocities of a human monster. This is the story of a MANIAC. Experience MANIAC like you've never seen or heard it before. Directed by William Lustig (MANIAC COP, VIGILANTE) and featuring landmark gore effects by Tom Savini (DAWN OF THE DEAD, FRIDAY THE 13th), this notorious classic was censored all over the world for its graphic violence and remains banned in England and Germany to this day. But MANIAC is more than just one of the most relentlessly depraved films of our time; it is quite possibly one of the most disturbing horror movies ever made. DISC 1: Maniac presented UNCUT in an Anamorphic (16:9) Widescreen Version English DTS, English 5.1, English 2.0 audo options Optional Danish, swedish, finnish, norwegian subtitles Audio Commentary with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini, Editor Lorenzo Marinelli, and Joe Spinell's Assistant Luke Walter DISC 2 Radio Interview with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig and Stars Joe Spinell & Caroline Munro The Joe Spinell Story - documentary Theatrical Trailers TV Spots Radio Spots Poster & Still Gallery Gallery Of Outrage Biographies Filmographies Introduction by Nicolas Winding Refn (Pusher, Fear X)
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Whilst the blood 'n guts in a Romero or Fulcio horror is so OTT as to provide comedy value as well as shocks, the gore in Maniac feels so real (courtesy of Tom Savini in expert form) as to make the viewer feel uncomfortably like a guilty voyeur at the scene of something exceedingly nasty.
As an insight into a profoundly troubled mind and the shocking consequences of horrific childhood abuse (more hinted at than explained), Maniac also works pretty well. It cleverly treds the fine line between the viewer understanding what has made Frank Zito (Spinell) into the monster he became, whilst never sympathising with the appalling acts he commits.
Somewhat surprisingly for a low-budget movie in the gore-fest/video nasty category, Maniac is rather well acted. Spinell himself is scarily believable. The actress (sorry not sure of her name) in the extended toilet scene gives one of the most convincing depictions of utter terror ever seen. Whilst it is perhaps a little far fetched that anyone could fall for the dubious charms of Frank Zito, Caroline Munro plays a blinder as the beautiful, talented (if somewhat naive) photographer.
So, in my humble opinion, it is the sheer realism and honesty of Maniac that makes it work. On the occasions when it descends into more a supernatural horror style (including one scene in the cemetary ripped unashamedly from Carrie, and the final scene with the mannequins) its potency becomes diluted.
Enough quibling though. Fans of the genre will surely acknowledge Maniac as a very effective and truly disturbing horror movie.
The DVD is reasonably well-equipped.Read more ›
The tension that is built is also excellent, In my opinion the subway scene is one of if not the best build up to a murder in any film - cliqued but brilliant none-the-less.
The murderer is characterised well. The film follows his perverse mind, confusion and turmoil in a chilling way.
Brilliant film, be warned - thick-skinned adults only.
a fiver says it will scare the living §&$! outta u!
The dual layer DVD (SSDL, DVD9, 8.4 GByte used), published by Anchor Bay UK in 2002, is excellent: widescreen presentation (1.85:1), enhanced for 16:9 displays (anamorphic widescreen); 3 languages (English, French, Italian) in Dolby Surround; audio commentary; documentation "The Joe Spinell Story" (16:9, 49 min); animated menu transitions (16:9); 7 cinema trailers (USA/F/I/D, 16:9, 14 min; German title: "Der Wahnsinnige"); 9 tv spots (4:3, 3 min); 4 radio spots (3 min); radio discussion (19 min); 2 biographies (17 pages for Joe Spinell, 24 pages for Caroline Munro); 18 film reviews; 128 pictures. There are no subtitles for foreign or hearing impaired viewers.
Apart from that, what's left is some really disturbing, morbid and nightmarish moments, which effectively visualize the killer's mind, but do not add anything to this sub-genre to make it so special and worth watching, unless you really want to feel unconfortable.
Nothing compared to twisted minds in Lynch's or Argento's best films, where intimate horror is much more complex and rich.
This is like Lynch's abstract violence meeting Lucio Fulci's roughness.
Probably someone might like it
Director: William Lustig
Cast: Joe Spinell as Frank Zito, Caroline Munro as Anna D'Antoni, Gail Lawrence as Rita, Tom Savini as
Frank Zito's mother died recently in a car crash. He misses her, although she abused him as a child. Deeply disturbed, he tries to keep her from leaving him by murdering young women and scalping them. He dresses up his mannequins with their scalps and displays them all over his apartment.
He befriends a photographer (Caroline Munro) in the park one day, thinking she will make a perfect mother replica...
THE PROS & CONS
MANIAC is probably one of the most banned movies world-wide. Though not listed as a video nasty officially, the controversial 1980 slasher film was banned by the BBFC in 1981 and it became the first movie ever to be banned in Germany, leading to a flood of movie banning in that country. It was recently released in both countries in censored forms (the UK version is cut by roughly 1 min. and the German version is missing about 6 mins.).
Even by today's standards this movie can still be considered ultra violent and gory. The makeup effects created by Tom Savini look incredible and will disgust most people even today. This is not a FRIDAY THE 13TH kiddie slasher, this is an ultra violent adult movie. But for every serious slasher film fan this is a definite must-own (avoid the abysmal remake however!).
Joe Spinell is the title role is superb. You can actually feel sorry for the man at times despite him being a serial killer who literally butchers women, and that takes a lot of acting skill.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great 80's slasher and has a career best performance from Joe spin ell as a mad serial killer who slices and dices his way through victims, its definitely a classic... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. Joel S. Greenhalgh
Waited 10 weeks for this to arrive from America. The picture quality is awful. I've only given it 2 stars because of the great FX work by The master Tom SaviniPublished 15 months ago by DF
This one bursts out the gates with two pretty graphic murders, and is evenly punctuated with some full-on eye-opening, jaw-dropping gore throughout. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Paul_ABZ
There's not much that needs to be said about Maniac, one of the most notoriously visceral and downright brutal films of the video nasty generation. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Deckard
This gets 5 stars due to the exceptional performance by Jo Spinel. Very dark and twisted and one of the great horror films from the early 80's. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mr R P Smith
A great job by anchor bay with this release , it has tons of extra material to check out and it's an awesome cult horror for any true horror fan.Published 20 months ago by Geraint Edwards