Film #161: I MANIACI aka THE MANIACS
I Maniaci aka The Maniacs
2 out of 5 stars
This totally silly “sex comedy” from 1964 starring a bunch of Italian actors (including the stunning Barbara Steele) and directed by - of all people - Lucio Fulci is basically a bunch of rather dopey vignettes that, for the most part, come off extremely dated and completely unfunny. There are two things that make the film interesting: 1. Barbara Steele who is as hawt as always and 2. It serves as sort of a “snapshot” of Italian culture in the early 1960s. The sex is ALWAYS implied and comes off pretty immature in retrospect, but again… it nails people’s attitudes at a time just before things like Benny Hill came into being. The women are attractive. The men suitably sex-obsessed and silly. Barbara Steele fans will love it. Lucio Fulci fans will want to see it to get an idea of the kinds of films The Maestro made before he hit his stride with the zombies and bloodshed for which he is best known.