Maniac is a 1980 American cult slasher film directed by William Lustig and co-written by known character actor Joe Spinell. It is mostly notable for Spinell's portrayal of a psychotic serial killer Frank Zito as well as incredible special make-up effects by genre guru Tom Savini and neo-noir dark romantic depiction of New York, all these while not being stripped of social content and sense. With a minuscule budget, many scenes in the film were shot guerrilla style. Originally considered an exploitation film, Maniac later had success as a cult film. The Hollywood Reporter called it "something of a grubby touchstone among genre fans".
A sequel, Maniac 2: Mr. Robbie was partially filmed in 1986 but abandoned and eventually not completed after Spinnel's death in 1989. Another half-abandoned idea was the crossover with Maniac Cop franchise (though, Maniac Cop 2 still has a similar character portrayed by Leo Rossi, as well as being dedicated to Spinell who is nicknamed "Maniac" in the end credits). Also in 1989, movie was unofficially remade in Greece as The Sigrou Street Strangler.
The following melee weapons were used in the movie Maniac:
Argentina M1891 BayonetEdit
Argentinian M1891 Bayonet is used by Zito in the scene, where he chases nurse (Kelly Piper) in the subway station and then killing her in station's toilet with this bayonet in her back. It may be identified as M1891 rather then identical M1909 (or M1909/47) because of distinctive aluminum grip.
U.S. M1942 MacheteEdit
One of Frank Zito's weapons in the film is rarely used U.S. M1942 Machete. In the film it is mostly seen on the table until hallucination scene, where it's picked up from the violin case (same one used to held the double-barreled shotgun) by one of the mannequins of killed girls (Kelly Piper) with her scalps on it, and then used to cut out Zito's arm. Interesting fact, that it was the same prop machete, that was used by Tom Savini in Dawn of the Dead (1978) as motorcycle rider named Blades.
Italian Style SwitchbladeEdit
Italian Style Switchblade typical for 70s and 80s can be seen as one of Zito's main weapons - he kills Rita (Abigail Clayton under pseudonym Gail Lawrence) with it.
Unidentified Kitchen KnifeEdit
An mysterious and unidentified kitchen knife with a wooden grip can be glimpsed on Zito's table, probably a usual tool in his killing escapades.
Depicted on the iconic poster is the knife that doesn't appear anywhere in the movie yet exists in reality (an absolutely similar is used in the movie Mean Guns and also, identical blade design is is shown on the poster of Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers).
In the beginning of the film, Frank murders a man with logged sticks by wrapping a wire-made garrote around his neck, causing his neck to bleed to death.