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Maniac (1963)

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Status: In Release

Category: Film

Genre: Thriller / Horror

Language: English

Running time: TBA

Directed by: Michael Carreras

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The rape of his teenage daughter instigated a violent, maniacal retribution on the perpetrator for which Georges was incarcerated in an asylum for the insane. When a stranger enters a quiet, country town and is seduced by a sensuous married woman he unwittingly finds himself at the centre of a storm of sexual guilt and murder for which he has been carefully and surreptitiously groomed to take full responsibility.


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chris gough


07 Mar 2011, 12:04am

I am gradually working my way through the region 1 'Icons of Suspense' DVD collection and was particuarly looking forward to seeing this one as I had never seen it before and it is about the only one in the set that definately falls into the horror category . However , I found it rather disappointing and uninvolving . There are no real visual shock moments despite a few twists in the story and Carreras allows the first half of the film to plod along at a snail's pace ,once the rather nasty opening scene is over . If the ending were exciting then this would be forgivable but I found it all a bit of a yawn up to the very end . There is also rather a lot of intrusive jazzy music which often destroys any sense of suspense or menace by being far too upbeat in tone . The actors do their best with the material on offer but it just is not in the same class as 'Paranoiac' , a much better example of Hammer pychological horror . The set however is well worth getting as you also get 5 other rare films and I have enjoyed the other 2 I have so far watched , 'Stop Me Before I Kill ' and 'The Snorkel'.


29 May 2011, 2:10pm

I've also recently purchased the same DVD set. I found Never Take Sweets From A Stranger to be excellent.