‘Maniac’ 6-Minute Intro: Elijah Wood Hunts for a Scalp

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 24th, 2014 at 12:38 pm,

Elijah Wood seems so perfect in this role, it’s truly scary. And, funny thing is, we don’t even see his face in the first six minutes of the film – which you can now watch above.

Wood is the new Frank. Similar to William Lustig’s 1980 original, Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac remake presents Frank as a man with serious mommy issues. He lives with her well into adulthood, so when she passes away, he snaps and decides that the best possible way to fill that void in his heart is by killing pretty young women, scalping them, and then topping his mannequin collection with his prize. However, when Frank falls for Anna (Nora Arnezeder), he’s forced to ask himself: what’s more important, a real relationship or another bloody hairpiece for one of his precious mannequins?

Due out this spring via IFC Films’ IFC Midnight label, Maniac is easily one of the most anticipated horror films of 2013. We got quite a bit of solid Maniac promotional material courtesy of its Cannes premiere,including eerie stills and a trailer that proved Wood is the pitch-perfect casting choice for Frank. It’s a wildly effective and therefore horrifying character piece that offers a glimpse of Frank’s disturbing fetish and the terrifying imagery that comes along with it.

As Cannes came and went we were also left with a handful of positive reviews, and more continue to come in. FEARnet calls Maniac, “A hard-ass horror film that also has some disconcertingly beautiful components,” while Bloody Disgusting warns, “It’s not for the faint of heart,” and highlights, “Maniac goes from 0-60 in the blink of an eye as it opens with a shocking kill that will have horror fans salivating for more.”

Elijah Wood Maniac Maniac 6 Minute Intro: Elijah Wood Hunts for a Scalp

Maniac honors the slasher tradition of kicking off the film with a good kill, but does it in such a subtle and menacing way, it becomes exponentially scarier than watching some weapon-wielding murderer hack up helpless victims. Making Maniac’s maniac stand out further is how calculating and in his head this killer is. One can speculate about what’s on Michael and Jason’s minds when they’re at work, but in the case of Maniac’s first six minutes, you’re firmly in Frank’s shoes. You’d think knowing what’s coming might make a situation less terrifying – but here, it only ups the delightfully dreadful sensation that’ll leave you cheering for more after the clip’s grand finale.

If you haven’t seen it, here’s the shocking international trailer for Maniac. It will be in U.S. theaters likely some time in 2013.


Source: Bloody Disgusting, Rope of Silicon

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  1. i hope most of the movie is shot like this epicness of the highest order well done young woods well done

    • Did anyone else read this comment in Sean Connery’s voice?

  2. cant wait. But just elijah wood doesnt seem very phsycally imposing im curious to see how they manage a regular guy like this rather than pat bateman type who is frickin built and could probably over power most people.

    • I also got a Drive vibe from the opening theme. which is also cool I would dig a NWR directed serial killer film. Any news on that american psycho remake?? NWR or Fincher are the only way Id ever even consider seeing that remake!!

      • Don’t think we’ve heard anything new for about a year now. Pretty sure it’s still waiting for a green light from the studio.

        As for Elijah Wood, that’s one of my favorite things about the character. He’s a short guy, so you think he must be harmless. Also makes him have to be super smart and really plan out what he does – which makes him as sick and twisted as they come.

    • That’s one thing I’ve hated about most horror movie villains, that people assume they should be really tall, really well built and should be able to take an immense beating and still come back for more.

      As the Marquis de Sade once said (and I may be paraphrasing here), “it’s not the height of a man but the depths to which his depravity will sink”.

      That’s why I’ve always been more interested in the idea of future horror icons being under 6 feet tall and wiry framed (think Jackie Earle Haley’s height mixed with Doug Jones’ slenderness) because the person least likely to be able to handle himself in a fight is usually the scariest.

  3. why would anyone remake american psycho?? the original film is perfect and only like 15 years old. still Bale’s best performance.

    • I agree with all of you. I see where your coming from when a killer could be anyone even the little guy which Im not a big guy so I relate more to wood. and also Pat batman is really descibed as being close to what wood looks like not in size but in age.(cause wood doesnt age haha) But I would like to see a quality AP remake because as good as the film was Pat Bateman in the book is 23 and is far younger looking and far more under estimated in the book thats why they call him the boy next door or I can see mcdermott doing this but Bateman? is such a dweeb. Hes honestly a young man/child who is extremely dangerous and If they were to ever remake and recast I would like to see someone younger in the role. It would get the point across of how either hes doing this or imagining it better and he would fit his actual description in the book. Plus I want the more key scenes of him showing his mask of sanity slipping when hes hallucinating or imaging himself switching the blood of a cally dog and a girl while wearing a smiley face mask. Im just saying they did the core story of the book in the original film but they never showed how he slowly stopped hiding his insanity and showed his mask of sanity slipping because when you meet him in the film hes already crazy and doing his thing on a regular basis not just every once in a while.

  4. Reminded me of How to Be a Serial Killer (which is a fantastic movie btw)minus the comedy. Looks interesting.

  5. Maniac

    Excellent film que j’ai vu au Festival de Cannes, avec l’équipe justement, invité pour avoir participé au visuel du film, dans l’utilisation des photos de mannequins que je réalise (http://davidlaw.fr/ ). La réalisation soignée nous plonge dans l’univers vu par les yeux du tueur, les mannequins sont omniprésents, les visuels étouffants. C’est efficace et beau,c’est ce qui m’a frappé, une esthétique de l’image hors norme, dans les reflets et les miroirs… J’adhère et j’adore.
    David Law

    Interview for Maniac for Allo Ciné!
    L’Interview for Maniac for Eklecty City