FINAL GIRL explores the slasher flicks of the '70s and '80s...and all the other horror movies I feel like talking about, too. This is life on the EDGE, so beware yon spoilers!

Jun 28, 2012

I warned you not to join the Film Club!

No, wait...I told you the opposite of that!

Yes, my pretties, it is FINALLY time for another Film Club. If you are my fake cyber-friend, then you know that I've ben both hemming and hawing over the choice for some time. Lo, but then! One of you awesome fake cyber-friends was all...what about Maniac? And in my head, I was all...yes.

This notorious 1980 slasher flick had me flipping my lid* way before I even saw it, way back when it was just a series of gruesome black and white pictures in Fangoria magazine. Those pictures affected me to the point that I completely avoided the film for decades.

Then I finally saw it and hey, it's really good! It's incredibly sleazy and yes, gruesome, and yes, you will want to brush your teeth repeatedly when it's over, but it's also essential viewing. And besides, if nothing else, Maniac features one of the best songs in the history of ever: "Showdown" by Don Armando's 2nd Avenue Rhumba Band. This video has stills from the film and the such, so close your eyes and get down if you don't want to be spoiled about anything.

Oh my goodness, it's so good.

And just think! If you've never seen this movie, after Film Club you'll be able to join the "They cast ELIJAH WOOD in the Maniac remake? What." Club, too!

Okay, here's the deal.

The film: Maniac (1980)
The due date: Monday, July 9
The deal: Write your review or anything pertaining to the film, linking to Final Girl somewhere in there. Email a link to me at stacieponder at gmail dot com. I post a link to you in my review. Easy, breezy, beautiful!

Hey and look at these newspaper ads! I totally pinched them from one of you on Facebook, too. Fake cyber-friends are the best!

*"flipped my lid" is kind of a Maniac-flavored joke, right? Not a good one, but still.


P. K. Nail said...


Somnicide said...

I dunno if I can handle a movie that is horrorifying as advertised in the poster. I am but a delicate flower.

Dave Enkosky said...

Sweet. The Film Club is back

Paul said...

I've been wanting to see this for a while. What better time then next time I watch a movie in the confines of my living room?

Jeffrey said...

Was 'flipped my lid' a Gruesome Twosome reference?

Ulrich said...

I agree! "Maniac" is an extremely fun flick. I love it!

Evil said...

Can I be that jaded horror wise that I just said "Meh" to this flick? I'll check it out again....

G.A. Redman said...

I think the fact that gorgeous Caroline Munro shows any interest in toady Joe Spinell makes this more science fiction than horror.

Anonymous said...

How does it seem that we are the only people who have never heard of this film??
I feel like we are missing out on a serious piece of horror movie history here!
Will have to check this out!

Liam and Pearl