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The Freeway Maniac (1989)

A crazed killer sneaks onto the set of a sci-fi film and begins murdering the cast and crew.


Paul Winters


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Hauber Kathryn Hauber ... Arthur's Mother
George Nicholas George Nicholas ... Mother's Boyfriend
Kevyn Shihadeh Kevyn Shihadeh ... Young Arthur
Ronny Kenney Ronny Kenney ... Mitch
Sherri McKenzie Sherri McKenzie ... Sherri
Buddy Daniels Friedman ... Buddy Boy (as Buddy Daniels)
Michael Rivkin ... Peeper
Jack Poff Jack Poff ... Pops
Tom Patrick Shortall Jr. Tom Patrick Shortall Jr. ... Patrick
Miguel Norwood Miguel Norwood ... Russ
Karl Warkentien Karl Warkentien ... Jimmy
Daniel Flurry Daniel Flurry ... Carl
James Jude Courtney ... Arthur (as James Courtney)
Cris Thomas-Palomino Cris Thomas-Palomino ... Nurse (as Chris Palomino)
Joseph V. Perry Joseph V. Perry ... Salesman (as Joe Perry)


A crazed killer sneaks onto the set of a sci-fi film and begins murdering the cast and crew.

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Release Date:

1 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breakdown See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Opening Song
Written by Robby Krieger
Performed by Robby Krieger
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Zero-to-sixty lunacy with no brakes...and it's downhill all the way.
14 August 2011 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

We launch our story with a camera-eye recollection, wherein a little boy quietly witnesses a sloppy kitchen-table hump starring his slatternly mother and some random strong-arm she likely picked up on her nightly stroll of the docks. He overreacts slightly to this, and proceeds to slay them both.

Flash to present day...our now-adult(and physically very imposing) killer has spent the passing years in a maladministered sanitarium, and is deemed such a 24-karate psychopath that he is feared by the staff and kept in constant seclusion. Following his predictable escape, he stalks a pretty B-movie starlet on the set of an in-production sci-fi epic, leaving a bloody trail of victims in his wake. Will the imperiled girl be saved by her repentant two-timing husband? Probably.

This really isn't a movie so much as it is a noxious deposit of aesthetic waste by-products disembogued by untalented and delusional film-industry parvenus. With that being said, FREEWAY MANIAC is also a priceless paragon of unpremeditated hilarity, one of the cheapest and most inexpedient integrants to the 80s slasher canon. It has a sizable body-count, with several of the murder scenarios curiously inferring a veneration of the killer and a latent applause for his pernicious crusade. Somehow, this antagonist pep-rallying comes off more silly than sick, suggesting a flippant tongue-in-cheek to the entire project.

Individuals of a schlock-mongering countenance will probably squeal with flurried excitation upon viewing this...no-nonsense types, on the other hand, may assent to earning their Hari-Kari wings before the closing credits roll.


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