Monday, January 26, 2015

Maniac A.K.A. Sex Maniac (1934)

An American horror exploitation film directed by Dwain Esper.
A mad scientist and his assistant are trying to bring dead people back to life. The assistant shoots the scientist and to cover up the crime, pretends to be him.
This was made as the motion picture production code was beginning to be enforced, so we've got nearly naked women, drugs, inferences of sexual perversion and murder. All things that the code was designed to prevent being shown on movie screens. The plot was simple to fit the 50 minute duration, but they put as many characters as they could in this little bugger. The audio and video showed their age and there was some sloppage, but no real errors. The nearly naked women get about 7/16ths of a female anatomy point since they were not actually nude, but looked good to me (picture, I think I see nipples!). The text screens between "talkie" scenes indicate a transition from the silent film of the 1920s to the talkies of the 1930s. I rate this o.k. because the more you know about it, the more enjoyable it is (to a point).

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