Maniac (1934)

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.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1934
DVD Release Date: March 19, 2002
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
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A truly wretched film that I enjoyed, partly because of and partly in spite of its excessive excrescence.

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Dennis Schwartz
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It's a campy shocker that is so bad that it might just appeal for that very undeniable reason.

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Rob Gonsalves

A true trash masterpiece.

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Shane Burridge

It's impressive how every new player brings their own bad acting technique to the picture

Fernando F. Croce

Dwain Esper's stupefying parody

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Whoa! Even seeing it isn't believing!

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
The earliest example of a trashy horror/exploitation flick. This movie, like 'Plan 9 from Outer Space', is so bad that it is rather good. The acting… More
Eric Broome
I hoped this short feature would be "fun," but it's just a creaky, horribly acted "Frankenstein" ripoff with a barely coherent script.… More
Aj V
Sometimes I liked this movie, and sometimes I hated this movie. First of all, I love cats! Second, this movie is really outrageous, over the top, and somewhat… More
Brandon Siddall
Maniac or Sex Maniac from 1934 is a pre-code movie that really pushes the boundaries of decency in the early days of film. This movie has some of the worst… More
Greg S
An on-the-lam vaudevillian kills and impersonates his mad scientist employer and is suddenly afflicted by every psychosis in the book, which leads him to… More
Sylvester Kuo
Stupid as film that doesn't need to be watched