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Years before popular indie filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez were paying loving homage to the grindhouse films which they remembered and loved from their youth, there were directors from the grindhouse era that were still producing great and shocking films long past the heyday of the exploitation and grindhouse film boom. One such director, influenced by classic exploitation films and arguably one of the beacons of preservation for the entire movement, is William Lustig.

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
Director: Dario Argento
Writer: Dario Argento
Starring: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall
Company: VCI Entertainment

As part of my Horror Re-Education, or my attempt to go back and catch some of the films that I've missed throughout my tenure as a purveyor of horror, this week I checked out 1980's "Maniac". Whooboy.

A schizoid serial killer randomly stalks and kills various young women in New York, which he sees as revenge for the mistreatment he got while being raised by his own abusive mother.