Maniac (Sex Maniac)
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Produced and directed by exploitation specialist Dwain Esper and written by Mrs. Esper, Hildegarde Stade, this ultra low-budget "educational" melodrama not only defied logic but broke virtually every rule of narrative film-making. That would not necessarily be a detriment to a film ostensibly warning about the dangers of untreated insanity, but Maniac is so badly handled in an obvious attempt to both horrify and titillate that it defies description. Vaguely based on Poe's The Black Cat and referring in several scenes to the same author's Murders in the Rue Morgue, Maniac told… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A truly wretched film that I enjoyed, partly because of and partly in spite of its excessive excrescence."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"It's a campy shocker that is so bad that it might just appeal for that very undeniable reason."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A true trash masterpiece."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"It's impressive how every new player brings their own bad acting technique to the picture"
‑ Shane Burridge,
"Dwain Esper's stupefying parody"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Whoa! Even seeing it isn't believing!"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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