...so long as there's a point to it. There's no catharsis, no lesson learned, no moral to the story, no ironic twist. You've learned nothing of value about the character, you're not given any form of insight about him.
You could say that about most slasher movies, and every "found footage " film ever made. What depth is there to Jason, Freddy, or Pinhead, or Leatherface? They're just bare-bones villains in great costumes. Not that I'm arguing.
I love MANAIC because it does a superlative job showing the sleaze, loneliness, and sense eroding society of late 70s early 80s New York. I think Lustig did a fine job at capturing the texture and visual fabric of that moment and putting it on film. And the soundtrack is absolutely stellar, a perfect companion piece to the visuals. MANIAC is a film you can taste by watching it.
As for character... there's lots; plenty for a horror film. The whole mother thing, childhood issues that have led to his social isolation and self abuse and the resentment and violence toward women. Why does it need to be anymore elaborate than that? And I certainly don't need to "learn anything", nor do I need a moral to the lesson, as i probably wouldn't agree with it anyway.
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