Frank misses his mother, who was killed in a car accident years before. She was abusive to him, and made money selling her body, but Frank still misses her. He tries to keep her from leaving him, and reform her evil ways, by killing young women and putting their scalps on mannequins which he displays around his apartment. Photographer Anna takes a picture of him in the park, and he pursues and befriends her. Is she the one he’s been looking for or just another mommy wanna be? —IMDb
William Lustig was born on February 1, 1955 in Bronx, New York. During his teenage years, Lustig avidly watched a huge volume of lowdown trashy exploitation fare at numerous 42nd Street grind house theaters in Manhattan and also worked as a movie theater usher in Fort Lee, New Jersey. After graduating from high school, he took a few film classes at New York University.
Lustig began his film career in his mid to late teens, working behind-the-scenes in various minor production capacities on a handful of hardcore X-rated porno pictures as well as a production assistant on both THE SEVEN UPS and DEATH WISH. He made his debut as a director, producer and editor with the hardcore porn features HOT HONEY and THE VIOLATION OF CLAUDIA. Lustig directed both of these movies under the alias Billy Bagg.
In 1980, Lustig found himself at the center of a storm of controversy when he made the grim, gory and disturbing slasher sleaze splatter landmark MANIAC, which boasts an incredibly… read more
Quite a dated, yet decent slasher film. I've not seen many of those, but I like the silence in the film, which is quite rare. Of course, the "maniac" is really a fantastic monster, built from shallow prejudice. Still, it's a ride, if one can take how dated it feels. Still, it's scary at times.