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Maniac (Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture Vol. 17) (Blu-ray)

Directed by : Dwain Esper
Available Date : 09/17/2024
Release Year : 1934
Running Time : 52
UPC : 738329267698
Country : U.S.
Language: English
Genre : Horror, Cult
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$23.96 (Blu-ray)
MSRP: $29.95
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Available: Sep 17th 2024. Pre-orders are generally sent several days in advance of street date. Order may not be split.
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So perverse that it continues to shock and offend viewers 90 years after its release, Dwain Esper’s Maniac is a deranged retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” in the guise of an educational film on mental illness. This no-budget thriller by self-taught filmmakers has a wildly fragmented style. Its intrusive use of title scrolls, stock footage, and gratuitous nudity make it one of the first true underground films (with a gruesome wink at the eyeball-slicing scene of Un chien andalou). Maniac is presented here in a new 4K restoration, from the original camera negative and other 35mm elements preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and is presented in cooperation with Something Weird and the Sonney Amusement Enterprises Film Collection.

Product Extras :
  • Audio interview with director Dwain Esper and screenwriter Hildagarde Esper
  • The true crime short films of Dwain Esper and Louis Sonney: You Can't Beat the Rap, The Last Hour of Killer Mears, The March of Crime, and The March of Crime (2nd Ed.)
  • Audio commentary by Bret Wood, author of Marihuana, Motherhood, and Madness: Three Screenplays from the Exploitation Cinema of Dwain Esper
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • 2024 Re-release trailer
  • Trailers for Dwain Esper's The Seventh Commandment, Narcotic, and Marihuana: Weed With Roots in Hell
Publish Date : 2024-07-11
  • Dwain Esper - Director
  • Horace Carpenter - Actor
  • Bill Woods - Actor
  • Theo Ramsey - Actor
  • Ted Edwards - Actor


"Inhuman, immoral, will tend to corrupt morals, will tend to incite to crime." - New York Censor Board

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