Maniac 1963 UK Kerwin Mathews Nadia Gray Horror
Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Nadia Gray, Donald Houston
Director: Michael Carreras
Genres: Crime, Horror, Mystery
Tagline: Stalks his wife … his daughter … their lover!
In Maniac (also known as The Maniac), Kerwin Matthews, playing a dissolute drifter down on his luck, Jeff Farrell, is stranded in a cheap bar in France where he falls for Annette, the proprietor’s pretty stepdaughter, played by Liliane Brousse. Annette’s stepmother Eve, played by Nadia Gray, gradually shifts the young man’s attentions to herself, rather than her stepdaughter, and together Eve and Jeff concoct a plot to help free Eve’s estranged husband from the institution in which he’s been confined as a homicidal maniac these past four years after committing the so-called “Acetylene Murder”, when he killed with a blowtorch the man who raped Annette. The idea is that Georges, the husband, will leave the country, but, unknown to Jeff, it’s not Georges who escapes but Henri, the guard who has become Eve’s lover…
Houston underplays, and also has a fetish for oxy-acetylene torches, with which he causes much panic, adding to this horror-filled 86 minutes filled with little twists and ‘who’s-behind-the-door’ shocks. It really works.
Maniac is done in full screen and Black and White with a run time of 86 minutes. The film was shot in black-and-white in the Camargue district of southern France and the MGM British Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.
Maniac has one thing and has it in spades—a plot of extraordinary cunning…(It) takes on a twitching suspense that simmers, sizzles and explodes in a neat back flip. – The New York Times
Sample Video from Maniac
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This DVD is produced on a professional grade DVD. Artwork is imprinted on the DVD exactly as shown in the images. The movie will come encased in a slim jewel case.
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