www.tcm.com
Current cart in use:
SHOPPING CART
Your Cart ( items) $0.00
Title Qty
your cart is empty
The Largest DVD store online! Over 100,000 titles available!

Explore

In Stock

Genre

Format

Artists

Actors

Specialty

Rated

Studio

Decades

Color

Explore

In Stock

Genre

Format

Artists

Actors

Specialty

Rated

Label

Decades

Maniac & Narcotic DVD
Maniac & Narcotic

Maniac & Narcotic

DVD
DVD 
List Price: $29.95
Price: $16.95
You Save: $13.00 (43%)
Share Twitter
Produced outside of the studio system on virtually no budget, embracing themes that explicitly violated the Motion Picture Production Code (Hollywood's rules of good screen behavior), Dwain and Hildegarde Esper's Narcotic and Maniac are cornerstones of American independent cinema. Touted as educational treatises on drug addiction and mental illness, the films are instead sordid plunges into more varied degradations of body and spirit. Loosely based upon the life of William Davies (an opium-addicted snakeoil salesman who was also Hildagarde Esper's uncle), Narcotic follows the downward spiral of an idealistic medical student whose fall from grace leads him to opium dens, a carnival freakshow, swanky drug parties, dingy brothels and finally the barrel ofhis own revolver. In the Esper tradition, this rocky road to ruin is periodically interrupted by perverse imagery that is as beautiful as it is shocking (the Caesarean birth of a baby, car wrecks, a snake fight), all crudely scissored into the narrative at the least expected moment. A raw, visceral cinematic experience unlike any other, Maniac offers a walking tour through the mind of a bona fide lunatic, distorted by fragmented scenes and ugly realities that mimic insanity's own warped perspective. Thisclassic exploitation film is actually a Depression-era rendition of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat," injected with catfights (both literal and figurative), nudity, necrophilia (a reanimated corpse ravaged by a madman who thinks he's an orangutan), andthe ingestion of one fresh eyeball. As a special feature, this DVD includes scenes from the Italian silent film Maciste In Hell, from which Esper borrowed graphic scenes of demonic mayhem. In spite of their excesses, Narcotic and Maniac have an edge of g
Title: Maniac & Narcotic
Genre: Horror, Drama-Classics
Starring: William Woods, Harry Cording, Horace B. Carpenter, Bill Woods, Horace Carpenter, Joan Dix, Patricia Farley, Ted Edwards, Phyllis Diller, Jean Lacey
Director: Dwain Esper
Studio: Kino Video
Release Date: 11/23/1999
Original Year: 1933
Product Type: DVD
Rated: NR
UPC: 738329014223
Item #: KOV014223

You May Also Like