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Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Manitou (1978)

Ludicrous horror film about a young woman (Susan Strasberg) with what appears to be a tumor on her back but which turns out to be the fetus of a hundreds year old Indian medicine man out for revenge. Directed by William Girdler (who died prior to the film’s release), the film makes not even the remotest attempt at logic while the film’s cheap looking special effects betrays its low budget. I won’t even go into the dumb dialogue, most of which is delivered by Michael Ansara as a present day Indian medicine man hired by Strasberg’s boyfriend (Tony Curtis) to fight the fetus demon. The sound effects and mix (in Dolby stereo) are well done however and punchy atmospheric Lalo Schifrin score is one of his very best. With Stella Stevens, Burgess Meredith, Ann Sothern, Jeanette Nolan, Paul Mantee, Lurene Tuttle and Jon Cedar.

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