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UK 2018
produced by
Sam Mason-Bell, Tony Newton, Jess Sinclair, James Atkins, Jackson Batchelor for Trash Arts
directed by Jackson Batchelor (framing story), Gav Chuckie Steel (segment Monitor), Sam Mason-Bell (segment The Dark Eye, Imprinted Memories), Wesley Skelly (segment All I Want for Christmas), Peter Goddard (segment Mannequin), Rob Ulitski (segment VR), Rachel Stephens (segment Deadbolt), James Atkins (segment The Housing Officer)
starring Phil Lyndon, Chris Mills, Kevin Cordell, Jackson Davies, June Murphy, Rishky Patel, Julia Darley, Jake Young, Francis Jones, Patrick Oliver; segment Monitor: Sarah Gobran, James Chalmers, Phil Laslett, Lara Adams; segment The Dark Eye: Suzy Weatherall, Simon Berry, Suki Jones; segment All I Want for Christmas: Harry Bartholomew, Carla Read, Isabelle Skelly; segment Mannequin: Terrance Elliot, Kayleigh Dunipace, Kirsty Payne, Lea Bobbilliard, Ellie Yule; segment VR: Betty Waterhouse, Connor Knight, Bekah Patrick, Matt Beaumont, Kyle Major, Mario Martez, Emy Lee; segment Deadbolt: Becky Mills, William Coomber, Jordan Hiscott, Tom Dangerfield; segment The Housing Officer: Chris Wrein, Laura Covey; segment Imprinted Memories: Ross Alan Doney, Lara Cooper Chadwick, Sarah Louise Pearcey
written by Jackson Batchelor & Sam Mason-Bell (framing story), Gav Chuckie Steel (segment Monitor), Sam Mason-Bell (segments The Dark Eye, Imprinted Memories), Wesley Skelly (segment All I Want for Christmas), Rob Ulitski (segment VR), Ben Grace, Georgina Morgan, Rachel Stephens (segment Deadbolt), James Atkins (segment The Housing Officer), music by Rusty Apper, Kevin MacLeod/Incompetech, Gav Chuckie Steel, Samuel Clarke, Elliot Robertson, Will Bill

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Bromfield (Phil Lyndon) is a psychic who doesn't in the least believe in the afterlife - but his job pays too good to not hold séances in alledgedly haunted houses, and the most recent one holds quite a few stories:

  • Monitor: Just because the creepy thing that manifests itself on the baby monitor doesn't show itself when you check on the baby doesn't mean it isn't there ...
  • The Dark Eye: If your daughter claims she's in touch with the spirit world, you better listen ...
  • All I Want for Christmas: Just because you don't believe in Santa Claus doesn't mean he isn't there - and dangerous ...
  • Mannequin: Sometimes, the trick-or-treaters best tricks are those on themselves ...
  • VR: Virtual reality is a mighty cool thing - unti it gets too real ...
  • The Housing Officer: Just because you're from the council following up on complaints doesn't make you invulnerable, exactly ...
  • Deatbolt: Being captured in a bathroom with your boyfriend might not sound like much - but it's made all the worse by hearing what's happening outside ...
  • Imprinted Memories: Pretty girls partying might have exactly the wrong effect on some people ...

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While all these stories unfold, things get more and more real for our fake psychic Bromfield - until even he starts to believe in his abilities, for better or worse ... with the emphasis on worse!


Framed by a story that actually does make sense in the context of the collection and does feature plenty of scares of its own, Maniacal is an anthology shot by a wide range of British directors which consequently has a bit for everyone, from the darkly comedic to the downright creepy, the gruesome to the atmospheric. And even if the films are of slightly varying quality, the general standard is very high, and genre fans will sure be entertained by most of the film's segments!


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