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MANIAC artwork


Type of media Video

Approved Running time 86m 14s

Release date 21/08/2017

BBFCInsight moderate violence, threat, references to sexual violence

Genre(s) Drama, Thriller

Director(s) Michael Carreras

Cast includes Kerwin Mathews, Nadia Gray, Donald Houston, Liliane Brousse, George Pastell, Arnold Diamond

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 11/08/2017

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

MANIAC is a black and white mystery thriller, from 1962, in which an American writer is persuaded to assist in a plot to help an inmate escape from an asylum.


It is implied that a man is killed using welding equipment, although the violence is not shown on screen. In another scene a man is knocked out by a blow to the back of his head with a wrench. There is some sight of blood on heads and faces in the aftermath of violence. There is sight of a dead body, without any clear injury detail, being discovered and then moved about.

In one scene a woman is pulled into some long grass by a man, after which she is seen staggering out of the grass and collapsing. No sexual violence is shown, although she is said to have been 'assaulted' by the man. There are further undetailed verbal references back to this event throughout the film.


In one scene a restrained man is threatened with violence although nothing is shown. Other scenes of threat involve characters being followed or chased.

Other issues include mild visual and verbal sex references, including sight of a man embracing an apparently topless woman on a beach, although no clear nudity is shown, and a man and a woman talking in bed apparently after sex, although no sex is shown. There is also very mild bad language ('damn'). There is smoking and drinking by adult characters.


Also known as
Powerhouse Films UK
Classified date(s)
Main language
Submitted run time
86m 14s
BBFC reference
Previous cuts waived

Components List

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Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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