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Maniac - 30th Anniversary Edition(2-Disc) (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]

joe spinell , tom savini , william lustig    Unrated   Blu-ray
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The Notorious Horror Classic Returns In An All-New 30th Anniversary Special Edition!

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.

Directed by William Lustig (MANIAC COP, VIGILANTE) and featuring landmark gore effects by Tom Savini (DAWN OF THE DEAD, FRIDAY THE 13th), this relentlessly shocking and disturbing film was originally censored all over the world due to its graphic violence. Blue Underground is now proud to present MANIAC in a new 2K High Definition transfer from the original uncut and uncensored negative, loaded with hours of brand new Extras!


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4.0 out of 5 stars This Guy's A MANIAC! Feb. 4 2004
Format:DVD
Another all-but-forgotten drive in gem of early 80s trash cinema. Maniac has no redeeming qualities, taste, or message to get across to you......and frankly, I wouldn't have it any other way. The movie's nothing more than a series of gruesome murders committed by our "maniac". Even though this is true, you can't help but think as you watch this that there are many similar "Frank Zito's" prowling the streets in cities all over the world. It may not be a true story, but ironically, it's all too true. The movie was trashed by the media and feminist groups upon it's release(the dvd even has a feature called "Gallery Of Outrage" where you can read all of the negative press clippings of this film. A fantastic bonus feature.)for it's depictions of violence against women(I guess no one cared about the poor schmuck who gets his head blown off, which is clearly the most gruesome image in the film). This always gives me a chuckle, coz it gives the film some major publicity and free advertising that most directors could only dream of. I was too young when this came out, but I remember a similar uproar when Silent Night, Deadly Night hit theaters around Christmas time. And I'll tell ya, all it made me want to do is see it more. Sure, Maniac is gory and violent, but I've seen much worse. And if you're a horror fan, I'm sure you have too. One big reason I enjoyed this was Spinnell's convincing performance. These days, serial killers in film are always sly, sophisticated, almost classy(like Silence Of The Lambs and Seven, etc.). Frank Zito is what I imagine most serial killers to be like: Lonely, scummy, pathetic. Spinnell's performance makes this very believable. Yes, this film is ugly, gruesome, depressing, disturbing.....but how else should a serial killer be portrayed?
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Scalper is no Indian Jan. 6 2004
Format:DVD
This serial killer movie may not be appreciated by most for its amateur film-school type production. The film was shot on 16mm and presented as a 35mm blow-up making the quality somewhere close to what you have seen in The Blair Witch Project. However if you can get past the look and low production values then you will find it is much better than most for its type. Probably the most astonishing thing about this low-budget production is the quality of the visual gore effects brought to life by Tom Savini who even has his very own bloody cameo in this movie. There is a scene at the start of this film involving a shotgun that has to be one the best in the business.
Essentially this is a film that follows a serial killer, Frank Zito (Joe Spinell) around New York as he performs a number of grisly murders and plenty of female stalking. Much of these sequences are over-the-top as heads explode and people are literally ripped apart. However others can be quite flat and not as violent as you would have expected given all the hype about this slaughterhouse motion picture.
Where the film nearly fails is in the actual performance of the lead killer because he does the age old routine of talking to himself, rocking himself and generally overplaying the nut, but after awhile he does manage to improve by simply taking his weirdness to a few other levels. It is hard to imagine that his current condition would allow him to go unnoticed as he piles up the body count but yet again this is New York we are talking about here so the custom of minding your own business may allow for it. At one stage in this movie he manages to actually break out of his shell doing an art-critic routine and you actually feel that there may be some hope left for this urban monster.
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4.0 out of 5 stars TORTURED AND TWISTED Dec 13 2003
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Format:DVD
Maniac is the tortured tale of a man who deals with his inner demons by killing people. Sounds pretty by the book there. This one goes further though. The killer is not simply some invincible hulk behind a mask, this killer is a thinking, feeling and very disturbed man. Almost seems like he could exist and probably does somewhere. Thus, maniac has a chill factor that most slahsers lack. We can almost feel his pain as he struggles with his murderous impulses. Almost. Then we see what he does and any pity we might have had (and it may only be a smidgen) goes down to the same awfull place as the blood of his victims.
The dvd i have is excellent. Its a clean transfer, all the grain on my VHS copy is not evident here. It sounds great. We can hear all the screams and blood flowing..for better or worse. It also came with a second CD in the shape of Joe Spinells head that contains the creepy soundtrack.
Theres plenty of karo syrup here for the gore lovers. The violence is filmed with the kills onscreen in leering detail. For those with a low tolerance for exploding heads, knife impalements and disembowelments, stay clear of this puppy. The blood runs in rivers.
T&A: minimal. some breast shots early. The ladies get joe spinell in a wife-beater shirt. yum.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cream Of The Slasher Crop Dec 7 2003
Format:DVD
In May of 2002, I went to the Dover Mall during a long break between my classes at Delaware Tech and bought a VHS copy of MANIAC, a movie which has piqued my curiosity for a long time. So when I came back to Delaware Tech, I watched MANIAC on one of the TV/VCR machines in the library (with headphones), and I was hooked. Weeks later, I started watching it late at night when nobody was around; it became my new horror movie addiction, with my first being THE EVIL DEAD. About a year later, the Limited Edition DVD became my very first purchase from Amazon.com (and what an exciting Saturday morning it was when I received it in the mail!).
Having studied abnormal psychology during my first two years at Delaware Tech, I found MANIAC to be more intelligent than all the other slasher movies in its time. Joe Spinell did an excellent job at portraying Frank Zito, the title character; the monologues and soliloquies throughout the movie are exactly what goes through the mind of any serial killer out there. Also, the child abuse subtext of the movie (a subtle one, thank God) is perfectly tangible, as any child who experiences any kind of emotional, physical, or worse mistreatment might be shaped into becoming a murderer or criminal. Plus, the gory set-pieces, courtesy of the great Tom Savini (who I met in August at the Horrorfind convention in Maryland), are among his greatest work and they fit perfectly with the tone of the movie (Just check out the scene where his head gets blown off!). The highlight is the subway sequence, which rivals any one of Brian DePalma's constant Hitchcock homages (1980 was the year of DRESSED TO KILL, his greatest Hitchcock homage!), and the scene following it when Frank is dressing another mannequin, which is a great example of black humor.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Horror Movie
It was OK but to low a budget. I preferred the RE-make to the original.
Some gory parts but lacked much of a story.
Published 4 months ago by Gary Stephens
3.0 out of 5 stars Unsettling
I bought this for two reasons. One, special effects master Tom Savini did the gore and has a small part in it. Two, it's set in NYC, back when it was awesome and seedy. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Melissa
3.0 out of 5 stars Crazy
It is ok to watch once but can't see myself watching it again. Guy is a nutcase that kills women, scalps them and puts the hair on his many dolls. Very original and dark.
Published 20 months ago by Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 parts cheese, 1 part horror
The acting sucks, the dialogue is cliche, the characters are expected, but the plot is dynamite! Give this a watch but bear in mind that it's no high-budget hollywood movie. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2010 by Kerrio
2.0 out of 5 stars don't believe the hype
I'm sorry, but this IS just another 80's slasher flick. There is nothing outstanding about Maniac - nothing that elevates it or distinguishes it from all the other films of this... Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by stu
4.0 out of 5 stars a strange movie
Joe Spinell plays a psychotic fruitcake that still hopelessly clings to the memory of his dead mother,a memory that compells him to murder women and remove their scalps,which he... Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by Ben W.
5.0 out of 5 stars the most UNDERRATED!!!horror MASTERPIECE!!! EVER!!!!!!!!
THIS MOVIE SHOULD BE REMEMBERED AND LOOKED AT AS A LANDMARK FILM JUST LIKE "TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE" THIS IS NOT!!!!! Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by creatureart
5.0 out of 5 stars the most UNDERATED!!!horror MASTERPIECE!!! EVER!!!!!!!!
THIS MOVIE SHOULD BE REMEMBERED AND LOOKED AT AS A LANDMARK FILM JUST LIKE "TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE" THIS IS NOT!!!!! Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by creatureart
4.0 out of 5 stars Sickening!
This is one of the most shocking horror films ever made. I've seen quite a few of this genre, but there is something very upsetting and crude about "Maniac". Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by Gabriel Santamaria
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm warning you! Watch this film!
If you're into "mainstream" horror (??) (e.g. Nightmare On Elm Street, Child's Play, today's Mummy, and/or the Ring), then Maniac is not for you! Read more
Published on March 18 2004 by Nate Tsutsumi
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