“Maniac” (1980)

Films And Lice

Maniac_(1980)

By Jerome Reuter

On the surface, this film seems like just another exploitation film. It certainly has the appearance of being one many entries in the enormous exploitation/slasher genre of the 1980’s. However, much like so many other horror flick, there happens to be more beneath the surface. In some ways it’s actually a period piece, a film that’s a product of its time. Reflecting a city, and the culture surrounding the infamous ‘grindhouse’ era. Most important of all, it’s not the murder, the violence, or the carnage that makes this film what it is. Here is a portrait of someone’s gradual descent into madness, and their inability to maintain control of themselves.

First off all, lets look at the first aspect; location, location, location. Lustig sets his narrative in New York at the end of the 1970’s. At a time when the public was still reeling from the shocking…

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