That scene basically serves as a sort of microcosm of the film itself, which makes such 80s camp-sploitation fare as Friday the 13th look about as innocuous as Threes Company. The film follows central character Frank Zito, a man so deeply damaged by his late, abusive prostitute mother that he takes out his frustration by stalking and killing anonymous women and then dressing mannequins in their clothes. Theres also a plot, but its pretty inconsequential; the character is basically all you need to know to understand how, thirty years after it was made, Maniac is still one of the most truly disturbing horror movies ever put to film.
The gore-fest screens tonight at midnight at the Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing Street; tickets run $7.25, and nobody under the age of seventeen will be admitted. For more information, call the Esquire at 303-352-1992 or go to www.landmarktheatres.com.
Sat., Nov. 13, midnight; Sun., Nov. 14, midnight, 2010