Are you ready for this?? Nightmares Film Festival announced today that this year’s opening night will feature none other than the full 4K restored version of Bill Lustig’s classic Maniac!

But wait; there’s more!

Lustig, himself, will appear at the festival to introduce the film. The director will also take part in a Q&A as well as a meet and greet with fans after the very special screening.

Released in 1980, Maniac tells the story of Frank Zito (Joe Spinell), a man whose psyche is broken by the abuse he endured at the hands of his mother when he was a child. As his life spins out of control, he begins to kill women, taking their scalps to adorn the mannequins he keeps in his home.

The film boasts practical effects by the legendary Tom Savini, and a memorable score by genre mainstay Jay Chattaway.

Many have never seen the film the way it was intended due to the quality of its original release on VHS, which was transferred from a 35 mm blow-up that washed out the film’s coloring and reduced resolution. When an original 16 mm print was discovered recently, however, Lustig and his team at Blue Underground were finally able to give the film a fully restored 4K upgrade that is sure to wow audiences at the Gateway Film Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Maniac will join the previously announced Early 13 selections for this year’s Nightmares Film Festival, which will include Scott Schirmer’s The Bad Man and The Final Interview from Fred Vogel (August Underground) and a host of other selections which have yet to be named.

Programming like this is what sets Nightmares apart from its fellow genre festivals. Festival directors Jason Tostevin and Chris Hamel, along with their entire staff, love the genre and what it represents and they’re dedicated to bringing the best in independent horror to their festival as well as classics like Lustig’s Maniac.

Keep checking back for more details on this year’s festival! Advance tickets are available here. iHorror will be there and we hope to see you there, as well!

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