Siddhesh Joshi (Editor)

The Manitou

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
4.8/101 Votes Alchetron
1 Ratings
Rate This

Rate This

3.8/5 Amazon

Genre  Horror
Music director  Lalo Schifrin
Country  Canada United States
5.1/10 IMDb

Director  William Girdler
Initial DVD release  March 6, 2007
Language  English
The Manitou movie poster
Release date  April 28, 1978
Writer  Graham Masterton (novel), William Girdler (screenplay), Jon Cedar (screenplay), Thomas Pope (screenplay)
Cast  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)
Similar movies  Mad Max: Fury Road, John Wick, I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, Deadbeat, Taken 3, Furious 7
Tagline  Evil does not die… It waits to be re-born!

The manitou trailer

The Manitou is a 1978 American horror film produced and directed by William Girdler. It stars Tony Curtis, Michael Ansara and Susan Strasberg. It was based on the 1976 novel by Graham Masterton, which was inspired by an old legend about the American Indian Manitou spiritual concept.


The Manitou movie scenes


The Manitou wwwgstaticcomtvthumbmovieposters43566p43566

A woman named Karen (Strasberg), who is suffering from a growing tumor on her neck, enters a hospital in San Francisco. After a series of X-rays, the doctors begin to think it is a living creature: a fetus being born inside the tumor. Eerie and grisly occurrences begin; the tumorous growth perceives itself – himself – to be under attack as a result of the X-rays used to ascertain its nature, which are starting to stunt and deform its development. The growth is the old Native American shaman, Misquamacus; he is reincarnating himself through the young woman to exact his revenge on white men who invaded North America and exterminated its native peoples. Karen's boyfriend, psychic fortune-teller Harry Erskine (Curtis) contacts a second Native American shaman, John Singing Rock (Ansara), to help fight the reincarnating medicine man, but the kind of spirits he can summon and control appear to be too weak to match his opponent's abilities.


The Manitou The Manitou Movie Review Film Summary 1978 Roger Ebert
  • Tony Curtis as Harry Erskine
  • Michael Ansara as John Singing Rock
  • Susan Strasberg as Karen Tandy
  • Stella Stevens as Amelia Crusoe
  • Jon Cedar as Dr. Jack Hughes
  • Ann Sothern as Mrs. Karmann
  • Burgess Meredith as Dr. Snow
  • Paul Mantee as Dr. McEvoy
  • Jeanette Nolan as Mrs. Winconis
  • Lurene Tuttle as Mrs. Herz
  • Hugh Corcoran as MacArthur
  • Release

    The Manitou Streamline The Official Filmstruck Blog This week on TCM

    The film was released theatrically in the United States by AVCO Embassy Pictures on April 28, 1978, with "Evil does not waits to be reborn!" as the tagline.


    The Manitou Manitou Movie Images Reverse Search

    Critical reception for The Manitou has been mixed to negative. Variety gave the film a positive review, writing, "This bout between good and Satan includes some scares, camp and better than average credits". Derek Adams from Time Out gave the film a positive review, praising the film's special effects and calling the film "a successful excursion, spoiled only by the director's habit of plopping in postcard views of the Golden Gate Bridge instead of exteriors". Donald Guarisco from Allmovie gave the film a negative review, criticizing the film's script, and weak direction but complimenting the acting, special effects and ending. It currently has a 43% "Rotten" rating on film review website Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 10, based on seven reviews.

    Home Media

    The Manitou Daily Grindhouse 31 FLAVORS OF HORROR THE MANITOU 1978

    The film was released on DVD by Momentum Pictures on October 24, 2005. It was re-released by Anchor Bay on March 6, 2007.

    The Manitou Daily Grindhouse 31 FLAVORS OF HORROR THE MANITOU 1978
    The Manitou When Exorcist Knockoffs Go Wrong The Manitou


    The Manitou Wikipedia
    The Manitou IMDbThe Manitou Rotten TomatoesThe Manitou Roger EbertThe Manitou Amazon.comThe Manitou

    Similar Topics
    Furious 7
    John Wick
    Mad Max: Fury Road