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MANIAC (1962)

MANIAC <span>(1962)</span> artwork

MANIAC (1962)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 87

Release dates 21/08/2017

Ratings Info moderate violence, threat, references to sexual violence

Genre(s) Thriller, Drama

Director(s) Michael Carreras

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

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Ratings info 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.


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