One of the most notorious grindhouse horror films ever, William Lustig’s 1980 shocker Maniac has been given a 4K Restoration by cult cinema distributors Blue Underground – and on October 19 and 20 at 11pm, we’re giving audiences a chance to experience it on the big screen at The Frida!
In an unhinged performance that would define his career, Joe Spinell (The Godfather, Forbidden Zone) plays Frank Zito, a deeply disturbed man who is haunted by a traumatic childhood plagued by unspeakable abuse. When these horrific memories begin to overwhelm him, Frank begins prowling the seedy streets of New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women. As his lust for violence intensifies, Frank finds himself conflicted when we begins a relationship with a beautiful photographer (Caroline Munro, The Spy Who Loved Me), and struggles to slow down the mayhem as his vile compulsions remain.
Featuring landmark gore effects by the legendary Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th), this relentlessly shocking and disturbing film from the director of Maniac Cop and Vigilante was originally censored all over the world due to its graphic violence. Thanks to Blue Underground, we are now able to not only present Maniac on the big screen, but in a new 2K High Definition transfer from the original uncut and uncensored negative!
Friday, October 19 – 11pm
Saturday, October 20 – 11pm
“★★★★. 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.” – Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
“It’s a surefire memorable horror film with a horrifying glimpse into the mind of a merciless killer.” – Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
“Today’s horror movies barely register once the credits stop rolling. But not so Maniac.” – Alexandra Cavallo, Boston Phoenix