Maniac (1980)

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




  • Joe Spinell in Maniac (1980)
  • Joe Spinell in Maniac (1980)
  • Joe Spinell in Maniac (1980)
  • Hyla Marrow and Tom Savini in Maniac (1980)
  • Maniac (1980)
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18 January 2008 | PaulyC
| creepy little NY film
Okay, first of all this movie was shot in New York and there's something I find fascinating about the look of films shot in NY in the 70's or 80's. The movie itself is decent but not great. It has a good look and feel to it and I like Joe Spinell in it. Joe plays Frank, a photographer, who misses his dead mother despite being mistreated by her as a child. He begins killing women at night and keeping parts from the bodies. I however didn't find the relationship he had with the model he stalked all too believable. It has some good scenes and is still a good watch for slasher fans and fans like me of gritty New York City in the 70's and 80's.

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Entertainment Weekly ranked this Number 12 on their "Guilty Pleasures: Testosterone Edition" list in their March 30, 2007 issue.


Frank Zito: Now now now, it'll be alright. Look, it's just a little inconvenient. I know how upsetting it is! But it's just a little blood. It'll wash out. Look, you have to be more careful. Yes, getting very careless. Blood in your hair.
Frank Zito: What will people say? ...


The nurse is supposedly alone in the subway station, but during one shot (from inside the subway train as it pulls away) we can see several people walking about on the platform; they all disappear in the next shot.

Alternate Versions

The Finnish and Swedish VHS versions is cut with 3 minutes, it's missing the throat slit in the beginning, several scenes where Joe Spinell cuts the dead womens' forehead, Disco Boy's (Tom Savini) head exploding when Spinell shoots it with a shotgun (along with blood spreading to Disco Boy's date), a knife through the body in the ladies room, and of course the final massacre where the wax dolls butcher Spinell (rips his hands, guts, and finally his head off). The cuts have been made in a substitution technique, that when the "shock" scenes start, the frame stops to a freeze-frame, and we can hear the soundtrack going on (this is that the soundtrack wouldn't have to be cut).


Compliment Your Leading Lady
Written by Don Armando/
Coati Mundi (as Andy Hernandez)
Performed by Don Armando's 2nd Avenue Rhumba Band
Courtesy of ZE Records


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