As a movie that holds no barrel in being disgusting and showing a person that is completely deranged than "Maniac" sure is the thing. Joe Spinell is completely believable as sicko sleazy perv with a passion for scalping and knifing prostitutes. Gorgeous Caroline Munro is a possible murder victim playing a photographer. It is atmospheric as the dark night with good music and gruesome blood effects by Tom Savini.
The first 49 minutes of Maniac is often overlooked as an avant-garde film, mainly because general audiences fail to see the horror genre-- let alone slashers-- as experimental, unless it's obvious about its intention or meaning, akin to most dramas. Yet, the bulk of this film is truly an avant-garde slasher that exchanges narrative for a gritty and lurid atmosphere that sucks you into its world and works you over.
Awful. Painfully boring, with every sequence dragged out to it's extreme it's about an hour longer than it needs to be. Occasionally veers towards "so bad it's good territory". Despite the films attempt to have "THEMES" there is nothing of any interest to be found here.
La idea de plantear esa doble personalidad, además de los traumas maternales es lo mejor de la película. Las escenas alucinatorias del cementerio y el final son logradas. "Maniac" es también una de las pocas películas que por entonces contemplaba al asesino desde primera persona.
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.
Extremely disturbing exploitation film. From a technical point of view the remake with Elijah Wood improves on this in several ways but nevertheless I much prefer Lustig's film partly due to Spinell's creepy performance which in my opinion Wood does not match in the new version