" I Warned You Not To Go Out Tonight
Frank Zito (a career performance by co-writer/co-executive
producer Joe Spinell
and The Godfather
fame) is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of
unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific memories
begin to scream inside his mind, Frank prowls the seedy streets
of New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women.
Now Frank has begun a relationship with a beautiful photographer
of The Spy Who Loved Me),
yet his vile compulsions remain. These are the atrocities
of a human monster. This is the story of a Maniac."
- from DVD
Maniac brought out some mixed feelings
for me.. The plot is very thin, and is a bit unbelievable
sometimes. Especially the affair with the photographer was
difficult to swallow. Their conversation suggests they've
known each other for quite some time, not only just met..
Not to mention the way they met!? The acting by Joe Spinell
is very believable though! Another great thing about Maniac
is the violent and gory scenes, which are very cool. Especially
the "shotgun at close range" scene is brilliant!
The Anchor Bay uncut DVD has got some interesting extras,
including a 51 minute documentary about the life (and death,
RIP) of Joe Spinell,
and several TV-spots, radio-spots, radio interview, commentary
track, and some very funny comments by critics of the movie,
In conclusion, if you're a fan of the slasher genre, I'm sure
you'll like Maniac, but if you're not (like me), it's worth
a few bucks because of the interesting stuff on the DVD!
Want more info on this movie?:
Buy "Maniac" uncut at: DVD
Pacific or play.com
(not direct link)