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A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!

A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!
Recommended for devolved primates only!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

MANIAC (1980)

                                                         "fancy schmancy"

I feel like if you locked someone in a room and just showed them this movie on a loop in about a week you would have created your very own psychopath.  So don't do that you weirdo.  Of course the same thing could probably be said of many slasher flicks but this one I think would be the most thorough in drilling itself deep into the mind.  Maybe it's the sweaty voice-over Joe Spinell narration or the fact that we are just dumped, right from the offset of the movie, deep into the psyche and point of view of a maniacal nutjob.  Of course it is only a movie and a very effective one, at that, dripping with sleaze and gore.  If you're into that sort of thing this is one of the top examples.  I got a chance to see this on the big screen with director Bill Lustig last night and I'm really glad I did.

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