1978 theatrical poster
|Directed by||William Girdler|
|Produced by||Herman Weist
|Written by||Graham Masterton(novel)
|Music by||Lalo Schifrin|
|Edited by||Bub Asman|
|Distributed by||Avco Embassy Pictures|
|Running time||104 minutes|
The Manitou is an American horror movie from 1978 with Tony Curtis and Susan Strasberg, based on a 1975 book by Graham Masterton. The movie is based on an old legend about the American Indian spirit-concept Manitou.
A woman named Karen (Susan 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 actually 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 (from the old shaman's viewpoint) exterminated its native peoples. A second Native American shaman is contacted and hired 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.
Tagline from the movie: "Evil does not die... it waits... to be reborn".
Original novel series
The initial novel The Manitou has been continued by Graham Masterton with Revenge of the Manitou (1979), Burial (1991), Spirit Jump (short story, 1996), Manitou Blood (2005) and Blind Panic (2009), altogether now called the Manitou series.
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