B-Sides: Keep Left of The Invisible Maniac
Before directing Detroit Rock City and unleashing a giant sperm on New York City in the “Wadzilla” segment of Chillerama, Adam Rifkin introduced the world to a horny, psychopathic phantom known as The Invisible Maniac. Not enough movie maniacs have their own personal theme songs, if you ask me.
Working under the alias “Rif Coogan”, Rifkin helmed this 1990 T&A slasher comedy about a sexually repressed nerd named Kevin Dornwinkle, who grows up to invent invisibility only to be mocked by his colleagues. The stinging mockery drives him over the edge so he murders them. He escapes from an insane asylum and goes incognito as a summer school teacher, where he continues to perfect his invisibility formula while taking an unhealthy interest in student bodies, particularly those of scream queens Melissa Moore, Debra Lamb, and the late porn star Savannah.
I’m fairly certain Rifkin is one of the many Dornwinkle-esque nerds rocking out in this rarely seen music video as the metal band Keep Left (with special guest guitarist Douglas Lytle) gleefully jam about a homicidal, translucent pervert. “He’s Invisible” is the official Troma-quality theme song; so catchy and repetitious you’ll probably have it stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
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