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449 Ratings


Directed by William Lustig
United States, 1980
Crime, Horror, Thriller


A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in NYC, kills young women and takes their scalps as trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in photographer Anna, and end his killing spree?

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Maniac Directed by William Lustig

Critics reviews

Lustig’s first non-porno feature is also his best. Maniac shares an excess of blood and gore with other American horror films of this time. Yet it’s virtually unique in its pacing. It’s deliberate, it’s slow, and it’s uncomfortable. It has the nervous system of a Euro horror film.
March 01, 2017
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Notoriously violent and defiantly amoral, the film provoked a furious critical backlash upon its initial release. The decades since have shown it to in fact be a prescient and cutting no-holds-barred assault on the ugly wasteland of Reagan’s America.
October 23, 2015
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Part of what makes Maniac a disturbing work is that it connects the trope of the omnipotent slasher-villain with the insecurities of abandoned spaces. A subway station’s restroom, late at night, bereft of transit employees, blurs the line between public and private.
August 27, 2013
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