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.”
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.
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