The Manitou 1978


Adapted from a novel by horror writer Graham Masterton, The Manitou is an engrossingly daft horror film that offers more amusement than most comedies. Karen (Susan Strasberg) has a lump growing on her back, and her psychic boyfriend Harry (Tony Curtis) comes to believe that it’s a 400 year old Indian medicine man known as a Manitou. What could have been a breakthrough film for director William Girdler proved to be his last, but he pulls together a ragbag of elements from Burgess Meredith as a doctor to an excursion to a fourth dimension where Karen develops the ability to fire lightning bolts from her fingertips. A complete farrago, The Manitou is a cornucopia of silly ideas, rendered into a classic of so-bad-its-good cinema.


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