Manni is a loser. He's a loser who has no luck in life or with the ladies and is constantly ridiculed by his friends. Reduced to being a peeping tom, Manni finally snaps and starts breaking into the houses of the women he spies on and brutally murdering them.
I'm not usually keen on watching foreign movies without subtitles (Even if the movie is senseless, I still like to know what's going on.) not to mention reviewing one. I figured I'd make the exception with "Manniac" as it was a pretty straight forward movie, even if I don't know what the exact plot points may have been. In the case of "Manniac" there honestly isn't much to worry about in terms of plot as it's more of a porno than anything else.
The movie is about Manni, who is apparently a loser and has no luck with the ladies. So much so that even his friends harass and make fun of him. Tired of being teased he storms off only to find himself peeping through the window of a young woman pleasuring herself. To release his frustration, Manni breaks into the house, murders the girl, and finds great pleasure in doing so. A single incident turns into a habit as Manni goes from house to house spying on women engaging in various sexual acts and if he feels they are suited for his pleasure, he kills them. With the more women he kills the more he begins to go insane and it isn't before too long that no one is safe: not women, not men, not his friends, not even armed police officers.
I'm sure the premise sounds great for those who look for horror movies that go in a more 'extreme' direction, in this case, the added porno element. Unfortunately though I have to say that "Manniac" is pretty bad. Shocking I'm sure. The first thing and the one thing that makes me feel kind of like a dick for saying it, is that the women in the movie are pretty ugly. Normally I wouldn't comment on such a thing but since this movie is meant to be stimulating in that department. I think the movie definitely could have benefited from having a more attractive female cast. There is one reasonably attractive woman towards the end, but her scene is short lived. As far as the sex scenes go; they're alright I suppose. It's a porno after all so we aren't exactly delving into a world of originality or creativity here. So I can't say the sex is bad but with the unattractive women, it's not exactly great either. Just your standard porn material.
As for the gore factor, like everything else in this movie, it's only decent at best. The prosthetics themselves look good and the make-up in general is done fairly well but the death scenes are very cheesy. Particularly the ones that involved the character Manni attacking people with objects; particularly where he bashes a woman's face in with a hammer. The aftermath looked good, but the horrible sound effects and the laughable sequences of the actual hammer blows did nothing but kill the scene. This applies to all of the scenes. They could have worked really well but it was the actual acts that ruined the moment. The worst scene though has to go to where Manni bashes one of his friend's skull in with a removable shower head. Once again, good effects for the aftermath everything up to that will make you laugh though.
Overall I guess it's not terrible for a horror porno but in general it's not a good movie. For these types of movies and those who watch them I suppose I can't say that they are looking for quality filmmaking. I know I wasn't. However, for a movie that is basically focusing on two things: sex and death; I have to say I was expecting something a little better. It very easily could have been a gritty and nasty movie given that it actually had a good setup, a decent story, and plays out decent enough. Instead it's cheap, cheesy, unappealing and rather unsatisfactory in its key departments.