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MANIAC (1981) 85Min.

Director: William Lustig

Cast: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Tom Savini

Special FX: Tom Savini

This is truly one of the most unforgettable slasher movies of all-time, once you see it, you wonít forget it. Frank Zito (the late Spinell) is a New York serial killer with your ordinary mother fixation. Some of the greatest shock value gore I have ever seen. The two scalping scenes will guarantee a dropping of the jaw in a lot of gorehounds.

At night, Frank goes on the prowl, searching for victims so he can take their scalps and nail them to a couple of mannequins which keep him company in his room. This movie boasts Tom Saviniís best and most graphic non-zombie gore. Also appearing in a small part as a sleazy disco dude, Savini saves the goriest scene all for himself, one in which he gets his head blown to bits from a shotgun blast courtesy of our psycho Frank. I bet you that you will want to watch this scene over and over in slow motion for atleast five minutes.

Along the way Frank meets up with a gorgeous photographer, Anna (Munro), and they have a short relationship together, all turning sour when Frank flips and tries to kill her when they are visiting his mothers grave. DONíT miss the end mutilation scene. Blood flows in gallons.

Blood and Guts: A+
Doug Brotherton