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The Manitou (1978)
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The Manitou (1978) Karen Tandy enters a San Franisco hospital suffering from a growing tumor on her back. To the doctors think it's a living creature, a fetus is being born inside the tumor. To fortune teller Harry Erskine says it's nothing until his client says strange languages, and kills herself by falling down a flight of stairs. And after one of the doctor's cut his hand. Erskine seeks help from another fortune teller Amelia Crusoe and her husband to find what is going on. When Karen's tumor gets larger, Dr. Snow begins to think it is a 400 year old Indian Spirit who wants revenge. Erskine goes to South Dakota to find John Singing Rock a witch doctor to send the Indian Spirit back to where he came. The Indian Spirit comes out of Karen's tumor. But will he take over before Singing Rock can send him back?

Movie Tagline:
Evil does not die... It waits to be re-born!

Title: Manitou, The
Release Date: April 28, 1978
Runtime: 104 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror
Languages: English
Country: Canada, USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Dolby
IMDB Rating: 4.5
Buried.com Rating: 5.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With M

MPAA Rating: R

William Girdler

Tony Curtis ...Harry Erskine
Michael Ansara ...John Singing Rock
Susan Strasberg ...Karen Tandy
Stella Stevens ...Amelia Crusoe
Jon Cedar ...Dr. Jack Hughes
Ann Sothern ...Mrs. Karmann
Burgess Meredith ...Dr. Snow
Paul Mantee ...Dr. McEvoy
Jeanette Nolan ...Mrs. Winconis
Lurene Tuttle ...Mrs. Herz
Hugh Corcoran ...MacArthur
Ann Newman Mantee ...10th-Floor Nurse
Jan Heininger ...Wolf, an orderly
Michael Laren ...Michael, an orderly
Cindy Stanford ...Neighbor
Tenaya ...Mrs. Singing Rock
Carole Hemingway ...Neighboring Prostitute
Beverly Kushida ...16th Floor Nurse
Charles Kissinger ...Anesthesiologist
Michael Andreas ...Operating Room Doctor
Mick Dyrenforth ...Operating Room Doctor
Loren Elaine ...Operating Room Nurse
Felix Silla ...Misquamacus
Joe Gieb ...Misquamacas
Joe Dorsey ...Dr. Snaith

Jon Cedar
William Girdler
Melvin G. Gordy
Scott M. Siegler
Gilles de Turenne
John R. Woodward
Melvin Simon
Herman Weist

Graham Masterton
William Girdler
Jon Cedar
Thomas Pope

Lalo Schifrin

More Movie Taglines:
  • Evil does not die... It waits to be re-born!
  • Possession marked The Exorcist. Demonaic Pregenacy arupted Rosemary's Baby. Warnings followed The Omen. And The Manitou has it all combined!
  • In The Grisly Tradition of 'ALIEN'
Movie Quote(s):
  • John Singing Rock: Normally I wait three risings of the sun before I take on a job.
  • Dr. Snow: Just assume for a moment, sir, that this woman -- she's a young woman? Harry Erskine: Yeah, a young woman. Dr. Snow: Just assume that she has a problem, now now assume also this problem has to do with Indian magic. Well, my God, son, you do have one hell of a problem!
  • Dr. McEvoy: That was one hell of an earthquake! John Singing Rock: That was no earthquake... It's the Great Old One. Harry Erskine: Who the hell is he? John Singing Rock: Devil, Lucifer, Satan, Prince of Darkness, does it really matter?
  • Dr. Snow: What you have to understand is that the magic of ancient Indian tribes was very, very powerful. They were, in fact, one of the great magical societies of modern times, of pure ethnic occult art. And, er, they were, [wiping bookcase] Dr. Snow: Ugh, this is a mess! They were, er, undiluted with European conceptions and preconceptions. The whole concept of the Indians, the whole concept of life and death and inner space was rolled up in the Indians demon, the equivalent demon. That demon would be possessed of monstrous, monstrous power! MacArthur: Then what you're saying, doc, is we're out of luck?
  • John Singing Rock: Gichi Manitou? Harry, you don't call Gichi Manitou. He.... Harry Erskine: Oh, yeah, well he's going to get a person to person call from me....collect!
Movie Trivia:
  • When this film was premiered in South Africa in 1978, the invitations were printed on vomit bags.
  • Last film of director William Girdler. Shortly before the film's release he was killed in a helicopter crash in the Philippines while scouting locations for an upcoming film.
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