Maniac (1980)

Maniac, given an X-rating for extreme violence and gore, is the story of a New York psycho (Joe Spinell) who kills females and scalps them for his mannequin collection at home.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: January 1, 1980
DVD Release Date: June 30, 1998
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

the film about Travis Bickle that Travis Bickle would have made

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Fernando F. Croce

A formidable New York grunge-flick through and through

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

An unapologetically twisted study in pathological murderousness.

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Alexandra Cavallo
Boston Phoenix

Today's horror movies barely register once the credits stop rolling, but not so Maniac.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's a surefire memorable horror film with a horrifying glimpse into the mind of a merciless killer.

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Staci Layne Wilson

This old chestnut from 1980 is worth revisiting for fans of the nouveau 'old skool' horror films of today.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews underwhelming, uninvolving product of its time that simply possesses no relevance in 2010.

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Rob Gonsalves

Seen today, the movie has more in common with the grungy Times Square aesthetic of Abel Ferrara than with the multitudes of slasher flicks that followed it.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Distasteful on every level and none to coherent either.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Raw, gritty, depraved and in your face are some of the words that can describe Maniac. This is a powerful and riveting film that when originally released… More
Aj V
A good slasher movie, Spinell is creepy as always, and he really is a maniac in this movie! It's very exciting and intense, I especially loved the… More
Cory Taylor
I would almost rate this as the best horror movie I've watched this season if it wasn't for the shlocky ending that sprinkles both sequel bait and… More
Ariuza koraw
You have your typical early 1980s Slasher flick that's no doubt a very notorious video nasty from England but it works somewhat better and takes it from… More
Keiko Aya
SIKO!!!!!!!!!!! Really bad film i think i can relate to the famous head blowing off scene but still... Good acting put terrible plotting and work. BTW GET… More
Drew Smith
Much like Phantasm, it's filled to the brim with fantastic ideas that aren't really put to the screen too well. The acting is horrendous, the plot an… More