The Manitou

  • 1978
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Horror

After Strasberg discovers a large tumor growing on her back she undergoes surgery to have it removed, but a strange force compels the doctor who performs the operation to stab himself in the hand with a scalpel. Desperate, Karen turns to her former lover, phony spiritualist Curtis, who takes her to see Ansara, a modern-day medicine man. Ansara informs Strasberg...read more

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After Strasberg discovers a large tumor growing on her back she undergoes surgery to have it removed, but a strange force compels the doctor who performs the operation to stab himself in the hand with a scalpel. Desperate, Karen turns to her former lover, phony spiritualist Curtis, who

takes her to see Ansara, a modern-day medicine man. Ansara informs Strasberg that the tumor is actually the fetus of the reincarnation of an evil 400-year-old Indian medicine man who has chosen her to be his host. As the fetus grows larger, Ansara and Curtis prepare to combat the coming evil

spirit. This is silly stuff, and the gooey special effects make it ever sillier. Director Girdler--who died in a helicopter crash before the film was released--does a respectable job of making it all look rather slick and professional, but the big budget and all-star cast only add to the overall

absurdity.

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  • Released: 1978
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: After Strasberg discovers a large tumor growing on her back she undergoes surgery to have it removed, but a strange force compels the doctor who performs the operation to stab himself in the hand with a scalpel. Desperate, Karen turns to her former lover,… (more)

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