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Maniac [Blu-ray] [2012]

  • SKU: 1653524
  • Release Date: 10/15/2013
  • Rating: NR
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (35 out of 44)

    Special Features


    • The making of Maniac documentary
    • Commentary with star Elijah Wood, director Franck Khalfoun, and executive producer Alix Taylor
    • Deleted scenes
    • Poster gallery
    • Trailer

    Synopsis


    Maniac
    Elijah Wood steps into the bloody boots of Joe Spinell in this reboot of the 1980 horror film that takes you into the killer's POV. On the surface Frank (Wood) may look like just another skinny L.A. hipster, but don't be fooled -- he's a deeply disturbed killer with a penchant for collecting the scalps of pretty young women. The young proprietor of his late mother's mannequin-restoration business, Frank scours the city streets by moonlight seeking silky heads of hair, skillfully removing them with his massive hunting knife before bringing them back to his apartment, and stapling them to the heads of his rigid roommates. One sunny day, surprised by the appearance of pretty French photographer Anna (Nora Arnezeder) on his doorstep, Frank warily lets her snap pictures of his "unaltered" mannequins, and agrees to allow her use the images for an upcoming gallery display. Before long the pair strike up a friendship, with Anna admiring Frank's restoration work as he marvels at her creative eye for detail. Charming as Frank may be in his encounters with Anna, he remains deeply haunted by the childhood traumas inflicted upon him by his loose mother, whose idea of bonding involved allowing him to observe her drug-fueled threesomes. When Anna's gallery display draws an impressive crowd, she remains deeply indebted to Frank. Little does the unsuspecting artist realize, however, that her biggest supporter might also be the death of her. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Elijah Wood
      Elijah Wood - Frank Zito
    • Nora Arnezeder
      Nora Arnezeder - Anna
    • Megan Duffy
      Megan Duffy - Lucie
    • Image coming soon
      Genevieve Alexandra
    • Liane Balaban
      Liane Balaban



    Customer rating

    Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 44 reviews

    80%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Remake Just Might Be Better

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      Ethanplus1
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      Don't misinterpret me; 1980's MANIAC is great for what it is/was--a seedy, sweaty look into the dark recesses of the depraved NYC that had to be seen to be believed. This remake is excellent and takes us to LA, land of dreams--or shall I say nightmares. I've never been a fan of Elijah Wood so I was very hesitant on buying until I found a copy in the $6 blu-ray bin. I got my wish--much of the film is from Wood's POV so the only aspect of him I had to endure was his voice. Don't be oft put by that he does a great job in the capable hands of producer Alexandre Aja and director Franck Khalfoun (the team that brought us P2). Did I mention that this is yet another IFCMIDNIGHT release? They are on a roll. Some of the best indie horror in recent years have been released by them.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      NEW CITY, SAME CRAZY

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      Ethanplus1
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      I never thought much of Elijah Wood as an actor so I left this film off my "to see" list since its initial release. I just happened to see the film at a decent price and thought a blind buy would be ok. Luckily for me this is mostly a POV movie so Wood isn't onscreen much at all. I am a fan of the original 1980 film and its gritty NYC setting but this remake doesn't feel like much of a remake at all. The locale this time is LA and since there's a 30+ yr gap between films, the 2012 MANIAC feels fresh. Alexandre Aja & "Wild" Bill Lustig produce this polished, techno gem that would be an awesome double feature with DRIVE. Don't miss out!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      One of the best remakes

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      Malickfan
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      This is one of the greatest horror remakes I've ever seen. I was never too crazy for the original, but this one caught me with it's crazy POV technique which is used throughout the whole film. It's a dark fun and disturbed time with cool 80's synth music and the writers of High Tension on scripting duties

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Creepy Remake

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      FlixFan
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      Based on the 1980 slasher classic this remake is unique for being filmed from the killer's POV. A very suspenseful and violent remake that horror fans should enjoy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Frodo is freakish!!

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      lunchlady75
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      Liked the dark turn Elijah Wood took here. Not a huge fan of the first person pov. Just wish they would stop remaking every movie that has already been made.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Not for the timid!!!

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      Greyhound
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      This is an excellent movie with innovative camerawork and a great remake-better than the older version.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      good effort

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      xstr8edgex
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      This is a movie i wish had been done better. Being a remake, i thought they could have improved upon the original. Still a good movie and good acting.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good horror thriller!

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      DonnK
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      This was such a creepy, bloody dark and disturbing movie and who knew that Elijah Wood could play such a frightening character and be so believable?

      I would recommend this to a friend



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