There’s good news for horror fans: Maniac, a new slasher directed by Franck Khalfoun (Wrong Turn at Tahoe) and co-written and produced by Alexandre Aja (Haute Tension, The Hills Have Eyes), is finally going to get a limited release in the US this summer. We’ve been looking forward to this one ever since the first six suspenseful minutes were released online as a teaser.
Elijah Wood is at the center of this film – literally – as Frank, the introverted owner of a mannequin store who goes off the deep end after the death of his mother and begins killing and scalping women, using their hair as gruesome decorations for his mannequins. Maniac‘s unusual quirk is that it appears to be filmed entirely from the first-person perspective of Frank, with Wood only appearing onscreen when the character catches sight of himself in a mirror.
Maniac was released in the UK in March, accompanied and has so far received some very positive reviews. It’s based on the 1980 movie of the same name, which was directed by William Lustig, and it looks like the remake will be serving up a lot of gore to go along with its suspense.
To help warm up US audiences for the summer release, IFC Midnight has unveiled a brand new poster and trailer for the film through Apple. Check out the trailer above and the new poster below.
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This isn’t Wood’s first time playing a psycho on-screen, but Maniac looks like it’s going to offer an in-depth character study of the sort that wasn’t really seen in his brief portrayal of the mute, enigmatic cannibal Kevin in Sin City. The actor isn’t exactly physically intimidating – but if anything, that only makes this casting choice all the more interesting.
This particular style of visual storytelling will be familiar to anyone who’s seen the 1960 horror film Peeping Tom, which also showed murders happening from a first-person perspective as part of an obsessed serial killer’s attempts to capture his victims’ dying terror on camera. At the time, the film was so shocking – and so universally slated by the critics for its nastiness – that its most notable victim was director Michael Powell’s career.
A more recent example of a horror film being told from the perspective of the predator is Jaume Balagueró’s brilliant suspense thriller Sleep Tight, which tells the story of a psychopathic concierge who secretly invades one of the apartments in his building in order to psychologically torment the woman who lives there. Writing a horror movie from the perspective of a killer or psychopath is still considered quite subversive for a genre that generally focuses on the victims, but does seeing murders from this angle make a movie less scary, or more so?
Maniac is set for limited release in the US on June 21, 2013.
Source: IFC Midnight (via Apple)