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A sequel was planned but only several minutes of promo footage was shot to attract investors.  The film was never completed because the star and producer Joe Spinell died during pre-production.

The song Maniac (used in Flashdance) was inspired by this movie.

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CastCaroline Munro, Joe Spinell, Tom Savini, Frank Pesce, Kelly Piper, James Brewster, Randy Jurgensen, William Lustig, Carol Henry, Gail Lawrence, Rita Montone, Hyla Marrow, Joan Baldwin, Sharon Mitchell, Candace Clements
DirectorWilliam Lustig
Genre:  Horror, Drama
Release Date:  December 26, 1980
MPAA Rating:  R, Unrated
Screen WriterJoe Spinell
Runtime:  91 minutes 87 minutes
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review by . May 18, 2009
Maniac was Joe Spinell's attempt to emulate his idol and friend Sylvester Stallone and make a movie in a similar vein as Rocky. He was proud to produce a movie that would have his name in the title (Joe Spinell's Maniac). He even co-wrote the screenplay and was one of the executive producers on the film. Joe Spinell stars as the title character. He portrays a psychopath who has a haunted past. Unable to control his homicidal tendencies, he walks the streets looking for victims. When he's not hunting …
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