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Maniac - 30th Anniversary Edition(2-Disc) (Bilingual) [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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If you like your scary movies with brutal violence and scitzophrenic tendencies then this one is right up your alley.
William Lustig has not had what you might call a glittering career, with the pretty flaccid 'maniac cop' probably being his directorial highlight. I'm not going to voice off too much about this sleazy little story of insanity and copious scalpings, except to say that it is very nasty and unpleasant, at times intensely so. It's also extremely graphic and the death scenes are so protacted that eventually the blood, screaming and torture just numb you. I decided to put this matter of factly, because for some people these qualities are a major incentive to see a film and for others, who were maybe looking for something a bit more light-hearted like 'Scream' or 'Urban Legend', it's a good indication that you might want to give this one a miss.
I personally didn't enjoy it very much, and I'm a big fan of exploitation and extreme cinema. This was largely due to the fact that the film is badly structured and frequently dull. The main character commits some vile atrocity (nice FX work from Savini, as always, with a particularly impressive gunshot wound to the head a la 'Dawn of the Dead'), weeps a bit then returns to his flat and conducts some kind of internal dialogue with himself. This pattern is repeated OVER and OVER until Lustig is satisfied that the audience understands that he's sincerely trying to get inside the mind of a sick weirdo and make a thought provoking psychological chiller, not cheesily exploit human misery for a quick buck.
Eventually through circumsatnce he ends up in a Graveyard, having some kind of hallucinatory conversation with his dead mother.Read more ›
I'm in the middle toward the latter. If you're gonna make a film about a serial killer and you want to portray a sick madman, then Maniac succeeded. Without viewers realizing it, Hollywood romanticises these characters with these rich and slickly produced tales...
To be honest, Maniac FEELS sleazy, so I guess it's very appropriate on many levels. ...That's because this film has been reviled since it's release. But Joe Spinell is remarkable as this character. I guess you could say even disturbing.
Spinell plays a dirty, sweaty, fat slob named Frank Zito. He looks like a guy you meet see on the subway and try to avoid looking at. But Frank also happens to be an insane serial killer.
See? A serial killer flick. Almost routine now. But this film made Frank a real sicko, and Spinell just LOOKS demented in the film. Nuff said. Frank kills men and women, and he does so violently. Very nice makeup effects by the master Tom Savini. ... Watch for parts of his head flying this way and that.
I don't own this DVD, but I know the film. I understand the DVD is HEAVY on the features, and hey, that's a good thing no matter what the flick. More bang for the buck. I'm debating whether to buy the film and own it though. How many times am I gonna watch this thing? It borders on the ludicrous quite often...it also border on entertainment, too.
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Classic horror film from the 1980's starring the late, great Joe SpinellPublished 16 months ago by W McMaster
Bottom line is this... this is not a great looking blu-ray. All honesty probably a 2.5-3 out of 5 stars, however, it is an upgrade over any previous copy, and the extras. Read morePublished 20 months ago by J.D. Richard
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.
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