The Invisible Maniac Film Details
Overview: An invisible scientist escapes from an asylum and teaches high-school physics to nubile teens.
Tagline: The new physics professor has a disappearing act that’s a real scream.
Review: The Invisible Maniac starts as a young Kevin Dornwinkle (Kris Russell) is caught by his strict mother (Marilyn Adams) watching a girl (Tracy Walker) strip through his telescope… Cut to ‘Twenty Years Later’ & Kevin Dornwinkle (Noel Peters) is now a physics professor who claims to have discovered a way to turn things invisible using a ‘mollecular reconstruction’ serum. However during a demonstration in front of his fellow scientists it fails & they all laugh at him, Dornwinkle goes mad kills a few of them & is locked away in a mental institute from which he escapes. Jump forward ‘Two Weeks Later’ & a group of summer college students discuss the tragic death of their physics teacher when the headmistress Mrs. Cello (Stephanie Blake as Stella Blalack) says that she has hired a replacement, yes you’ve guessed it it’s Dornwinkle. The student don’t take to him & treat him like dirt, however Dornwinkle has perfected his invisibility serum & uses it to satisfy his perverted sexual urges & his desire for revenge… Co-written & directed by Adam Rifkin wisely hiding under the pseudonym Rif Coogan (I wouldn’t want my name to be associated with this turd of a film either) The Invisible Maniac is real bottom of the barrel stuff. The script by Rifkin, sorry Coogan & Tony Markes is awful. It tries to be a teenage sex/comedy/horror hybrid that just fails in every department. For a start the sex is nothing more than a few female shower scenes & a few boob shots, not much else I’m afraid & the birds in The Invisible Maniac aren’t even that good looking. The comedy is lame & every joke misses by the proverbial mile, this is the kind of film that thinks someone fighting an invisible man or having Henry (Jason Logan) a mute man trying to make a phone call is funny. The Invisible Maniac makes the Police Academy (1984 – 1994) series of films look like the pinnacle of sophistication! As for the horror aspect that too is lame. It’s also an incredibly slow (it takes over half an hour before Dornwinkles even becomes invisible), dull, predictable, boring & has highly annoying & unlikable teenage character’s. Director Rifkin or Coogan or whatever does absolutely nothing to try & make The Invisible Maniac an even slightly enjoyable experience. There’s no scares, tension or atmosphere & as a whole the film is a real chore to sit through. He does nothing with the invisibility angle, just a few doors opening on their own is as adventurous as it gets. There is very little gore or violence, a bit of splashing blood, a few strangulations & the only decent bit in the whole film when someone has their head blown off with a shotgun, unfortunately he was invisible at the time & we only get to see the headless torso afterwards. The budget must have been low, & I mean really low because this is one seriously cheap looking film. Dornwinkles laboratory is basically two jars on his bedside cabinet! When he escapes from the mental institution he has all of one dog sent after him & the entire school has about a dozen pupils & two teachers. The Invisible Maniac is a poorly made film throughout it’s 85 minute duration, I spotted the boom mike on at least one occasion… Lets just say the acting is of a low standard & leave it at that. The Invisible Maniac is crap, plain & simple. I found no redeeming features in it at all, there are so many more better films out there you can watch so there is no reason whatsoever to waste your time on this rubbish. Definitely one to avoid.
Duration: 86 min
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Also known as: The Invisible Maniac,Маньяк-невидимка,Memorias de un maníaco invisible,El maníaco invisible,Le maniaque invisible,Um Maníaco Invisível,Das Serum des Grauens,The Invisible Sex Maniac