The Invisible Maniac (1990) from Tuna

The Invisible Maniac (1990) is a send-up of invisible man films.
Any send-up, if rated r or nc-17, should have at least two elements. 

First, it should be funny. Sadly, the only humor in this film is accidental. The acting is way over the top, and a film can't gain "bad movie points" if it was intentionally made to be bad. 

The second element is naked women. This, The Invisible Maniac does, and does well. We have no less than 8 women showing breasts, and most of them, buns, including Savannah, Tracy Walker, Gail Lyon, Melissa Ann Moore, Kalie Shellabarger, Stephanie Blake, Debra Lamb and Dana Bently Konkel.  


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Noel Peters plays Kevin Dornwinkle, who, as a child at the beginning of the film, is caught watching a peep show by his mother, who berates him severely, and tells him all women are evil. Cut forward 20 years, and Doctor Dornwinkle is presenting his invisibility formula to a group of scientists, it doesn't work, they laugh and ridicule him, and he goes postal on them. He pleads a twinkie defense, and is placed in a mental home, which he escapes from, and turns up as a new High School physics professor. There, two important things happen. First, he perfects his formula, and second, the students start making fun of him. Invisibility is a real bonus when you are out to strip and kill High School girls, and a female principal who comes on to him. You get the idea. 

It is an early directorial effort from Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City), and probably one he would like to forget. 

VHS info from Amazon

This film is only available in VHS so far.  It didn't help that the quality on this new tape was not good. If the film is ever released on DVD, I will definitely produce an upgrade.

Scoop's comments: 

A film often mentioned as the worst ever made. Rifkin also did "Psycho Cop Returns:.

I forgive him because he did that great sex scene with Hudson Leick in "Denial".

The Critics Vote

  • Not a star in sight. Maltin 0/4.

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 2.5, one of the worst of all time.  
  • With their dollars ... I don't know, but a merciful God would not allow anyone to pay theatrical prices to see this..
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film would be an F-, except for the nudity, which is a B+

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