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->''I warned you not to go out tonight.''
-->-- '''{{Tagline}}'''

A horror film from 1980. It was directed by William Lustig (''Film/ManiacCop'', ''Film/UncleSam'') and stars Joe Spinell in the title role.

It follows the exploits of the [[HeManWomanHater woman hating]] and [[MommyIssues mommy issues]]-ridden psychopath Frank Zito, who wanders streets of TheBigRottenApple from a brutal kill to the next, breathing heavily and babbling incoherently all the while.

Film's effects were provided by Creator/TomSavini, which includes the infamous "Disco Boy Scene" where a man's [[YourHeadAsplode head explodes]] from a close range shotgun blast.

The year 2012 was treated to a remake that was produced and written by Alexandre Aja and which had Creator/ElijahWood star as the title character. It is mostly the same story, but with the twist that almost the entire film is shot from a first-person perspective. It also incorporates online dating.

!!Tropes in the film:

* AllInTheEyes: Used when Frank wakes up, CatapultNightmare-style, and light is shining on his eyes.
* AnArmAndALeg: Frank sees his hand being chopped of in his last hallucination.
* BedmateReveal: When Franks gets up from his bed, the audience is shown that the corpse of his latest victim is laying next to him.
* BigWordShout: ''"MOTHEEEEEEER!!!"''
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: Disco Girl gets covered with Disco Boy's blood when Frank shoots him.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Frank addresses the viewers at one point. But hey, he's just crazy.
* BulletTime: Used when Frank shoots Disco Boy and when he attacks one of the Anna's photograph models.
* CampingACrapper: Frank chases a nurse into a subway restroom and kills her there.
* CreepyDoll: Various mannequins which wear scalps from Frank's victims that he keeps around his apartment.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Anna]] in TheRemake.
* DisposableSexWorker: Frank's second on-screen victim is a hooker whom he picks up from the streets, and proceeds to strangle in bed .
%%* FinalGirl: Anna
%%* GoodScarsEvilScars
%%* {{Gorn}}
* GraveMarkingScene: Frank visits his mother's grave near the end.
* {{Hallucinations}}: Frank starts having these when Anna hurts him at the funeral.
* MakeOutPoint: Disco Boy and Disco Girl drive into one near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge for some AutoErotica. Unfortunately, they were followed by Frank.
* MurderousMannequin: Frank hallucinates being ripped apart by his own mannequins (on which he placed the scalps of his victims) in both versions of the film.
%%* NiceGirl: Anna.
* NoNameGiven: Most of the characters.
* NoTellMotel: Frank takes the hooker whom he intends to kill into a establishment like this.
* OffWithHisHead: Frank's final hallucination has his mannequins come to life and ripping his head off.
* OneWordTitle: Which describes the AxCrazy Frank.
%%* PsychopathicManchild: Frank is this distilled in pure form.
* TheRemake: The unmade sequel was apparently going to be a remake of the 1975 film ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070572/ The Psychopath]]''. And of course, there's the remake of the original.
* RiseFromYourGrave: Frank has a hallucination at the graveyard of his mother's maggot ridden corpse rising from the grave and grabbing him.
* SenselessViolins: Frank carries his shotgun in a violin case.
* ShovelStrike: Anna attacks Frank with a shovel when he is chasing her in the cemetery.
* SinisterSubway: Frank follows one one of his victims hrough one.
* SlashedThroat: Frank does this to his first on-screen victim (whom he finds on the beach waiting for her boyfriend) with a razor blade.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''The Last Horror Film'', which features Caroline Munro and Joe Spinell in nigh-identical roles.
* StalkerShrine: There's one for Frank's mother, that's right next to his bed.
* VillainProtagonist: The film follows Frank point of view.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Frank who is pitiable despite the utter viciousness of his murders.
* YourHeadAsplode: Disco Boy's head explodes thanks to a shotgun blast.
* YourCheatingHeart: Disco Girl attempts to cheat her boyfriend with Disco Boy at the MakeOutPoint. Frank then arrives and kills them both.

!!The remake has examples of:

* DownerEnding
* FinalGirl: [[spoiler:Subverted with Anna, as she dies this time around]].
%%* KillEmAll
* MythologyGag: Lucie tells Frank that he's "Not what I imagined, I thought you'd be fat with long greasy hair". This is a reference to Joe Spinell, the actor who played Frank in the original.
* RageAgainstTheReflection
* ShoutOut: The film includes a version of [[Film/SilenceOfTheLambs Q Lazzarus' "Goodbye Horses."]]
%%* VomitIndiscretionShot: From a first-person perspective, no less.

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