Maniac

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Maniac
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Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by William Lustig
Release Date 1980
Language English
Studio Magnum Motion Pictures Inc.
Distributor Analysis Film Releasing Corporation
Main Cast
Character Actor
Frank Zito Joe Spinell
Anna D'Antoni Caroline Munro
Rita Abigail Clayton
Disco Boy Tom Savini
First Cop Randy Jurgensen
Second Cop Jimmy Aurichio


Maniac is a 1980 American exploitation slasher film directed by William Lustig and co-written by known character actor Joe Spinell. It is mostly notable for Spinell's portrayal of a psychotic serial killer Frank Zito as well as incredible special make-up effects by genre guru Tom Savini and neo-noir dark romantic depiction of New York, all these while not being stripped of social content and sense.

A sequel, Maniac 2: Mr. Robbie was partially filmed in 1986 but abandoned and eventually not completed after Spinnel's death in 1989. Another half-abandoned idea was the crossover with Maniac Cop franchise (though, Maniac Cop 2 still has a similar character portrayed by Leo Rossi, as well as being dedicated to Spinell who is nicknamed "Maniac" in the end credits). Also in 1989, movie was unofficially remade in Greece as The Sigrou Street Strangler. In 2012, an official remake (produced by Lustig) starring Elijah Wood as Frank Zito premiered in Cannes, followed by successful theatrical and video releases in 2013.


The following weapons were used in the film Maniac:

Contents


12 Gauge Double barreled shotgun

Frank Zito (Joe Spinell) uses a 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun in the most famous scene of the movie, where he shoots disco boy (special effect makeup artist Tom Savini) and disco girl (Hyla Marrow) with it in their car. Zito uses a violin case to illegally hide his weapon, when he's in the city.

1960s Era Commercial Stevens hammerless side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge.
Zito's table. Shotgun is on the left, waiting to be put in the violin case.Also note the stiletto, bayonet, and machete.
Zito putting shotgun in the violin case.
Shotgun in the violin case.
Zito aims his shotgun at disco boy (Tom Savini).
Zito aims his shotgun at disco boy. Note that disco boy is a special effects dummy (though really well made). The hands are those of Tom Savini making it so he's shooting himself in this scene.
Zito shooting disco boy. Note absence of big muzzle flash and that barrels are moving strangely.
Zito points his shotgun at disco girl (Hyla Marrow).
Close up of shotguns barrel from disco girl's point of view.
Shotgun among with pistol case and violin case on the table near the end of the movie.
Shotgun on the table.

Benjamin EB22

Frank Zito uses thr Benjamin EB22 air pistol (an older version with an attached front sight) held in a special case, while practicing shooting in his apartment. He does fire the gun at a target painted on the wall (a little bit bigger then a .22 pellet should do, though).

Benjamin EB22 (older version with an unattached front sight) - .22 pellet
Benjamin EB22 (newer version with a traditional front sight attached) - .22 pellet
Zito taking the pistol from the case.
As you can see, Zito has no trigger discipline. He's a maniac, after all...
Zito aims his pistol at the wall and fires.
Zito with his gun (a detailed shot).
Zito with his gun (additional details).

Smith & Wesson Model 10

Two police detectives (Randy Jurgensen and Jimmy Aurichio), that arrive in Zito's apartment in the movie's final scene use Smith & Wesson Model 10 snub nose revolvers.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 snub nose revolver - .38 Special. Same frame, but with smaller grips and 2 inch barrel.
Randy Jurgensen (left) and Jimmy Aurichio taking out their Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolvers.
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Jurgensen's revolver clearly visible.
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