Maniac (1980, dir. William Lustig)

A mother-obsessed New York loner goes on a killing spree. De Palma-ish slasher, with the expected Hitchcock and giallo references. Maniac works because of its grubby style, its still-effective gore, decent direction, and a sweaty central performance.

Author: Eamonn

Novelist, freelance writer, and sometime educator. Books include Juggernaut: a sequel to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (2017), Torc, (2016), and The Prospect of This City (2015). Twitter: @eamonngriffin

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