Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Gail Lawrence, Tom Savini, Kelly Piper
Director: William Lustig
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Frank Zito (a career performance by co-writer/co-executive producer Joe Spinell of ROCKY and THE GODFATHER fame) is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific ... more »
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Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 4/7/2014...
In William Lustig's semi classic grindhouse sickie, hulking character actor Joe Spinell plays Frank Zito - a New York City loser with big-time Mommy issues, who deals with his pain by carving up unlucky nurses, prostitutes and disco queens and displaying their scalps on a collection of mannequins in his apartment. Yyyyep, that's pretty much the entire plot. British scream queen and Bond girl Caroline Munro shows up about halfway through and unwittingly befriends the psycho, lending a beauty-and-the-beast feel to the finale.
Sleazy, disturbing, gritty and EXTREMELY gory, this is the kind of movie that makes you want to shower when you're done watching it. Be advised, the violence in this movie is extremely brutal & graphic, not for the faint of heart!!
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Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 3/24/2011...
A dark and disturbing film that's almost more of a psychological horror movie with slasher elements. This film creates and maintains a sense of dread and is very brutal. Tom Savini EFX.
4 Stars For Shocking Me
Amy Lynn | Pennsylvania United States | 10/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Im not easily shocked or impressed with most horror films. Very few come to mind where it disturbs me or has a realistic feeling to it. This is definetly a film that will leave you thinking/- The main reason being the main character Frank Zito aka Joe Spinell plays the most realistic psycho/deranged person ive ever seen on film. The whole time i was thinking is this guy really insane? Either this guy is a genius actor or hes really nuts. Thats how real he is in this role. His presance will creep you out. Hes the biggest weirdo Ive ever seen on film. Hes worse than any monster, supernatural being, horror villain because hes so real and gritty. You dont want to think about it but you know that somewhere out there- people like this exist...
The story focuses on frank the serial killer and his killings and insanity. He calmly stalks his pray through the streets of NYC. I dont know how he manages to fool some of the people in this film but he does. They treat him like a normal guy until he trys to kill them when they least expect it.
Some of the scenes are grusome, but they will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will be able to put yourself in both franks shoes and feel the victims terror as she is stalked and hides from Frank... Especially the subway bathroom scene. Thats an intense scene. Frank keeps on killing till the end when his own demons finally come back to haunt him.
Any horror fan should have this in their collection. I can see why it was banned in germany and england. They were probably scared of it, considering how realistic it was.
As for this film shocking me- it did somewhat- for the realism. and the acting did impress me."
Great original storyline and special effects
Amy Lynn | 11/09/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If unrelenting scenes of carnage, compliments of a psychotic sexual deviant is your cup of tea, then this movie is for you. The late Joe Spinell does an excellent job as our deeply disturbed title character, and the special FX are convincing even by today's standards. The shotgun scene left me speechless and is a MUST for all lovers of blood & gore. The ending was kind of strange, But unlike Jason or Freddie, there are actually people like this out there. This movie ranks in the top 5 most gorriest films I've seen. And as with all movies I recommend, Make sure you have the widescreen, unedited director's cut or you will miss some scenes."
Just sick or a horror masterpiece?
Amy Lynn | 11/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are a number of people who find this film to be nothing more than a pointless and unnecessarily gruesome study in pathological and psychotic behaviour. I cannot agree with this opinion.Although a very tough experience, the viewing of this film reveals in some depth the tortured mind of a pathetic Vietnam veteran (also a victim of child abuse) who is driven by his inner demons to slaughter various women in NYC in a psychotic attempt to revive the spirit of his dead mother.It is a profoundly disturbing film.Joe Spinell gives a remarkable performance as the demented killer. His verbal ramblings are profoundly unnerving. (Not to mention the hideous murders.) He manages to demonstrate the de-personalized actions of an insane "maniac" all too convincingly.The direction is very good as well. Some very fine camera work.It is interesting to note the incorporation of some themes of Mario Bava's "giallo" thrillers in this film. For example, consider the "dollhouse" effect of the main protaganist's grotesque apartment and compare this to the secret "bridal room" in Bava's HATCHET FOR A HONEYMOON. (Lustig and Spinell apparently enjoyed watching "banned" foreign horror movies in the old "grindhouse" cinemas on 42nd.)The print offered by the new ANCHOR BAY DVD is an improvement over that of the old ELITE version. The colours are sharper and the night exterior scenes (notably that concerning the gruesome murder of the Tom Savani character and his "date") are not as murky.Some good extras as well.As a horror film, MANIAC comes close to being a masterpiece."