Maniac [1980]

Maniac straddles a line between slasher and exploitation for the entirety of its screen time. Set within the grimy cityscape of ‘70s New York, it bears thematic relation to Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, though it also possesses a uniquely different space, serving less as a voyeuristic guide to psychopathic mayhem, instead twisting more into the absurd delusions of the killer’s mind as the movie progresses. Crudely shot and thoroughly raw throughout, there are still standout scenes including the shotgun murder (whoa!), but while the whole of the film is meant to find validation in its finale, the realistic element of misogyny that is woven throughout leaves the whole thing feeling repulsive.