Late To The Party: ‘Maniac’ (1980)


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Maniac  is a film that has a special place in my heart. This film is memorable to me, as I have never been able to finish it. I have attempted to watch it multiple times: once as a teen and another time as a young adult. I am writing this introduction, before this viewing attempt, in order to give you an insight as to why I have not finished watching this film. From what I recall this film is very disturbing. I watched this film because of Tom Savini. I became a fan of Tom’s work watching films like Friday the 13th, Dawn of the Dead, and The Burning. The special effects from this film are exponentially more horrific than all those others combined. I recall a slow motion shotgun blast to the head, a scalping, and in general some of the most heinous depravity ever put on film; at least these are my impressions after these many decades. Well here we go, race fans. Lets get this party started….

Maniac tells the story of Frank Zito (played by Joe Spinell ), a serial killer prowling the streets of New York with a singular purpose: kill people. The first act of the film has many of the aforementioned killings. A woman is strangled and scalped and a man, played by Savini himself, is brutally murdered via a point blank shotgun blast. As mentioned earlier, this is the point where I stopped watching the film on both previous attempts. Not this time!!!!!

Horror News: The Weekly Offering


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Welcome, mortals, to The Weekly Offering. Here, we present our dark gifts in hopes that we please the Ancient Ones, that they might spare us. They are satisfied with our humble sacrifices of news, images, reviews, and commentary through the week, but on Fridays, they desire more. Their weekends, their unholy Sabbath, know no bounds. And so, to satisfy their bloodlust, as well as yours, we bring you these short, savory offerings.

 

Fatale Trade Coming Next Month from Image Comics

Guns, cults, murder, monsters, and one dangerous dame.

Horror meets noir in Fatale, the new comic series from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. With issue #5 released this week, the first story arc comes to a conclusion, and Image Comics is planning to release the first trade collection in June.

The story follows a beautiful and mysterious woman named Josephine as she is in turn followed by an unknown and brutally violent evil. Along the way, many men are drawn to her, and one by one they begin to meet their own grisly, psychologically tormenting fates.

Look for the trade, Death Chases Me, on June 27, along with issue #6 and a brand new story arc. If you haven’t picked up this bloodstone gem of a horror comic, now would be a good time to do so. The Ancient Ones do not look kindly on those who neglect such things.

Source: Image Comics

 




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