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October Horrors Day 10 – Maniac (1980)

Maniac, 1980

Directed by William Lustig

Starring Joe Spinnell and Caroline Munro


Frank Zito, a mentally disturbed serial killer, is prowling the streets New York City looking for innocent victims to murder in order to quiet the voices in his head commanding him to kill.

I should begin this particular review by being upfront about this film. If you are easily upset by dark subject matters and graphic violence, then avoid this film at all costs. Maniac is a dark, grisly and nasty film and I would not hold it against anyone if they decided to avoid it.

While I may be seemingly decrying this film before I’ve talked about properly, I should stress that those of you who do decide to check it out will find it to be one of the more intelligent slasher films of the 80s.

While the film was made and marketed as a sleazy exploitation film,
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‘Frightmare aka The Horror Star’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

Stars: Ferdy Mayne, Leon Askin, Jeffrey Combs, Luca Bercovici, Nita Talbot, Leon Askin, Jennifer Starrett, Barbara Pilavin, Alan Stock | Written and Directed by Norman Thaddeus Vane

“There was Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, and Conrad Ragzoff! They were all stars who lived and died. But only one returned…”

Fandom takes on a whole new meaning when a group of film loving college students decide to pay the ultimate respects to their favourite horror icon, the recently deceased Conrad Radzoff (Ferdy Mayne). How do they do this? Hold a memorial? Have a Radzoff horror marathon? Nope, they decide to steal his freshly buried body and give hime the ultimate farewell house party back in their mansion! Like most cases however, this is one of those instances were one of your heroes is actually an arsehole (Cough-Tom Savini-Cough!). You see, Radzoff had an often fatal temper. Not even a
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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2013

Another year has come to an end, which means it's time for the Dread Central staff to weigh in with their picks of the best and worst of 2013's horror offerings. We're giving you a full dozen lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers.

We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers. We averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:

Best: Maniac

Runners-up: The Conjuring, Evil Dead

Worst: Texas Chainsaw 3D

Runners-up: The Purge, The Last Exorcism Part II

Check out the Dread Central staff's Best of and Worst of lists for 2013 by following the links below!

[Andrew Kasch]

[Anthony Arrigo]

[Brad McHargue]

[Buz "Danger" Wallick]

[Debi "The Woman in Black" Moore]

[The Foywonder]

[Gareth "Pestilence" Jones]



[Scott "Doctor Gash" Hallam]

[Staci Layne Wilson]

[Uncle Creepy]

Andrew Kasch's Picks

Stoker: Chan-wook Park delivered some next-level filmmaking and his best film since Oldboy with his U.
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Icons Of Fright Presents Bj Colangelo’S Top 13 Horror Of 2013!

Normally I reserve my “best of” the year list for my own site, Day of the Woman, but the Icons of Fright family is the reason I was able to see 90% of the films on this list. Here’s the thing – I’m not a cool kid in L.A. or some other cinema megaland like most of the Icons of Fright contributors. I’m an unemployed blogger in Cleveland, Oh slowly dying anytime anyone mentions how much fun they’re having at Fantastic Fest or screenings at The New Beverly. With that in mind, the films on my list were either seen from Screener links, Theatrical/DVD releases, or cranking out the cash for some VOD. Unfortunately, I Still haven’t seen The Sacrament, but it can safely be assumed that it would have been on this list. Le sigh.

13- Grabbers

This one completely flew past my radar.
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Icons Of Fright Presents Jerry Smith’S Top 13 Horror Of 2013!

Editor’s Note: Rob G here, fiends. Since Jerry Smith was such a pivotal and invaluable part of Icons Of Fright this past year, I thought it’d be fitting to invite him back into the fold to share his favorite genre titles of 2013. Jerry also has a new site that goes beyond the genre called The Martyrcycle, so be sure to bookmark it an keep tabs on the Facebook page as well. Without further adieu, here’s Jerry’s Top 13 of the year.

13 – Contracted

I’m a massive fan of the body horror sub-genre, and Eric England’s Contracted is by far the best film working within that to have been released in a good while. A woman is date raped by a mysterious stranger, and begins to fall apart, and decay. It’s well written, well directed and full of good performances by Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams, and everyone else involved.
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'Maniac': Elijah Wood's slasher film banned in New Zealand

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Bad news for Elijah Wood: his New Zealand fans won't be able to see his latest project.

Due to its violent nature, the country's Office of Film and Literature Classification has restricted the viewing of "Maniac" to film festivals and film-studies courses only. It will not be released theatrically or on DVD, THR reports.

Ant Timpson, a programmer for the New Zealand International Film Festival (where "Maniac" is due to screen at the end of the month), commented on the ruling in a statement. "It's saying the Pov (point of view) nature of the film mixed with the psychopathic behavior of actor Elijah Wood is more than disturbing; it's potentially dangerous in the hands of the wrong person -- that is, a non-festival-goer," Timpson said. 

In the slasher film, Wood plays Frank Zito, a psychopathic killer shaped by his traumatic experiences as a child being raised by a prostitute.
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Elijah Wood Serial Killer Film 'Maniac' Banned in New Zealand

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Elijah Wood's most recent turn as a serial killer, this time in the 2012 French-American horror remake "Maniac" (he previously played a psychopath who hungered after prostitutes in "Sin City"), won't make it into New Zealand theaters.

The New Zealand government has banned the movie from both theatrical and DVD release in the country, reports Deadline, meaning it can only be viewed in a film studies course or as part of a film festival -- and in both cases the audience must be over 18.

In the movie, Wood stalks, murders, and scalps women as Frank Zito, a man grappling with some serious mommy issues. The entire film, which is a remake of the 1980 grindhouse flick of the same name, is shot from Frank's point of view.

"It's the most intriguing element of the film," Wood told The Scotsman earlier this year. "It meant I could create this character in a completely different way.
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Scalps & Gore Galore In Behind-The-Scenes Maniac Video!

Franck Khalfoun & Alexandre Aja’s Maniac remake opens in limited theaters & VOD today (make it your Friday night fright!), and if you’ve been keeping up with our extensive coverage, you know it’s a must-see & prime contender for best horror film of the year.

IFC Midnight has released an extremely candid video that features over 20 mins worth of behind-the-scenes footage, detailing the films’ extensive practical makeup FX! All of the scalping & gore were made possible thanks to effects legends Knb & Mike McCarty, and it’s amazing to see how they pulled of Frank Zito’s gruesome handiwork. This video is quite spoilery, so fair warning for those who have no yet seen the film. So go rent Maniac, enjoy the hell out of it, then come back and watch how they made movie magic!
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Review: 'Maniac' Remake Starring Elijah Wood

Of course Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur, the dirtbag auteurs that turned Joe Dante's gleeful "Jaws" send up "Piranha" into "Piranha 3D," a hilarious, excessively violent screed about American over-indulgence, would spearhead a remake of 1980's "Maniac," a notoriously misogynistic Bill Lustig horror movie whose poster, featuring a man holding the bloody scalp of a young woman, still elicits cries of outrage. Most filmmakers would be too scared to approach the material; it practically glows it's so toxic. But when thinking about these two, who also turned Wes Craven's backwoods horror romp "The Hills Have Eyes" into an angry, gore-soaked metaphor for Bush-era American intervention and culpability, well, why the fuck wouldn't they, really? The original "Maniac," released during a fertile period for American serial killers and set in New York City (this was three years after the Son of Sam murders), concerned Frank Zito (played by the film's co-screenwriter,
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Five Remakes That Are Just as Good (If Not Better) Than the Original Versions!!

Most horror fans can agree with the opinion that most remakes that are thrown to the masses on a regular basis these days never quite have the same impact as the original versions. While a couple of decades ago, remakes seem to have had more focus and weren’t such a taboo thing for fans (John Carpenter’s The Thing and Chuck Russell’s The Blob are two example of remakes done brilliantly right). These days good remakes (or “re-imaginings” as the studios like to say) are harder to come by, for every dozen A Nightmare On Elm Street-class remakes (yikes) there is usually only one Let Me In (while not perfect, it was pretty fun).

I thought it’d be fun to choose a few of my favorite remakes and write a bit about each one and why they are either as good as or in rare case,
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Exploitation Alley: Maniac(1980)!!

Holy moly, this Exploitation Alley article is long overdue, as it’s been a month since the last one (sorry!). In anticipation of Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac remake coming out next month, I thought that I would revisit the original 1980 film and spend some time on it. So hold onto your scalps, and watch out for crazy Frank Zito, because he just might blow your head’s time for Exploitation Alley!

Maniac follows Frank Zito, played brilliantly (and co-written) by the late Joe Spinell (Cruising, Rocky, The Godfather). Frank is an overweight, greasy looking guy who lives alone, and well…murders women (and sometimes men) and cuts the scalps off of said ladies to place on his mannequins, along with their wardrobe as well. Frank completely exudes a sketchy as hell demeanor but never quite takes it over the top, instead turns in a really subtle yet sometime erratic performance.
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Mondo Slices Rob’s Maniac Score Onto Vinyl!

Frank Khalfoun & Alexandre Aja’s modern redux of Frank Lustig’s sleaze capsule Maniac is majorly impressive, and what I believe to be one of the best slashers to emerge in quite some time. It’s enormously creepy thanks to Elijah Wood’s largely off screen-sympathetically schizo turn as Frank Zito, and features some tremendous gore courtesy of Knb!

The major thing to take away from the film is Rob’s moody synth score that really lingers with you, and feels authentically 80s. Before it’s June 21st limited theatrical release, Mondo wants to acquaint you with the score early with a limited edition vinyl of the soundtrack! First dibs will go to Texas Frightmare attendees, and the rest will be for sale over at Mondo’s official site. Jeff Proctor’s illustrated prints will also be on sale for con-goers, and will have a release on the site too.
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Maniac Review

When I saw Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead “remake” earlier this year, I couldn’t believe I was actually watching a horror remake. It was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale movement of churning out newer versions of old classics, with little success in the quality department of course. But I thought “surely this instance is a fluke, we couldn’t possibly have more than one good horror remake in the same year, right?” Then Franck Khalfoun came along, sternly pimp-slapped me across the face, and said “Matt, 2013 is the year of the horror remake,” and after watching his revamped version of Maniac (originally by William Lustig) – I absolutely, wholeheartedly f#cking agree.

Lustig’s original film was grimy, revolting, shock-and-awe horror with a slight voyeuristic twist – and Khalfoun keeps every essence of that description intact. Additionally though, Khalfoun’s film departs from Lustig’s straight-forward B-Movie,
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A cut above most horror remakes

Elijah Wood stars in Franck Khalfoun's 80s slasher remake, which uses first-person perspective throughout

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Halloween, Friday The 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Piranha, The Hills Have Eyes, I Spit On Your Grave: that's a list of some of the classic horror movies of the 1970s and 1980s. But it's also a list of some of the worst horror movies of the noughties and 2010s, when you consider their remakes.

They say that no one sets out to produce a bad movie, but watch any low-energy, scare-free, missed-opportunity of a horror remake and you'll doubt the wisdom in that notion. Time and time again fans have been burned by remakes that fail to live up to even the most modest of expectations. The question this begs is: why? Franck Khalfoun, a director who has beaten the odds with his surprisingly excellent remake of sleazy 1980 slasher movie Maniac,
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Maniac Releases Yet Another Creep-tastic Trailer

Admittedly when I think horror, Elijah Wood’s name doesn’t exactly come to mind. Sure, he played a super-creepy guy-next-door murderer in Sin City, but aside from that he’s nothing but a wimpy hobbit – until being cast in Maniac.

Originally made in 1980 by William Lustig, director Franck Khalfoun has teamed up with writers Alexandre Aja and his frequent collaborator Gregory Levasseur to revamp this psychotic serial killer flick with none other than Elijah Wood as the crazed Frank Zito. But I mean, could we really buy Wood running around a city atmosphere stalking women and then hacking them up to bloody bits?

Creating quite the commotion over such strange casting, Maniac has been silencing doubters at festivals across the world while making numerous “Top Ten Horror Film” lists for 2012, far surpassing expectations for a remake attempting to out-horror an undeniable cult classic. Critics have been raving about how
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Exclusive Maniac Poster

Exclusive Maniac Poster
There are many sides to Elijah Wood's acting career. One is the Frodo in Lord Of The Rings side, another the Kevin in Sin City side. As you can probably tell from this exclusive poster below, Maniac is definitely in the latter category.Directed by P2 and Wrong Turn At Tahoe's Franck Khalfoun, it's a remake of the 1980 film of the same name, with Wood playing Frank Zito, a disturbed young man who becomes a ruthless serial killer until, that is, he meets Anna (Nora Arnezeder), and falls in a very strange form of love.The annoying thing about Frank's love is that it reveals itself in a rather disturbing and rather bloody way. Think... scalping, basically, and you're 100% there.To get a better look at the film, check out the very gory red band trailer below. As for the poster, designed by Sam Ashby, that's a much less red affair,
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Choke on this New Nsfw Clip from Disturbing Maniac Remake

And Elijah Wood ('Sin City') used to be such a nice guy! Wood's bad guy turn is ever present in the latest new clip from Franck Khalfoun's ('P2') remake of classic 80's slasher feature 'Maniac'. Wood plays Frank Zito the twisted store owner who gets his kicks from preying on innocent sexy young women one of whom is Lucie, played by Megan Duffy (below), who unfortunately gets more than a good time when she tries for a night of passion with our unsettling little Frank. Nora Arnezeder ('Safe House'), America Olivo ('Bitch Slap', 'No One Lives'), Genevieve Alexandra and Liane Balaban all co-star in the movie hitting UK theatres this March. Check out the new Nsfw clip below....
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Gore Sex and Nudity in Nsfw Maniac Clip

IFC has yet to release an official date for the Maniac remake (review) but we do have a very Nswf clip for the film. Elijah Wood (Sin City) will tackle the role of Frank Zito originally made infamous in 1980 by Joe Spinell. America Olivo (Friday the 13th) Nora Arnezeder (Safe House) and Liane Balaban (Alphas) also star. Khalfoun will direct from a script penned by some serious heavy hitters Alexandre Aja Grgory Levasseur and C.A. Rosenberg. Just when the streets seemed safe a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and on the hunt. Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and
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Icons Most Anticipated Horror Of 2013!

You just read our Top Picks Of 2012 right Here and Here. But that doesn’t mean we can’t start getting excited for the new stuff arriving in 2013! And there’s quite a bevy of intriguing and diverse genre material on its way. Some of it original, some are sequels, and a good chunk are remakes, but surprisingly, this is the first year where we’re pretty stoked about the remakes on queue because they all look like they’re in the right hands this time. (And not Platinum Dunes hands. Whew!) There are a batch of these titles that we were fortunate to get an early look at, so I’ll make mention of that as we get to them and let you know if they get the official Icons Seal Of Approval. So, without further ado, let’s go through our most anticipated picks for 2013, in order of their release dates!
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Must Watch: First 6 Minutes Of Maniac, Starring Elijah Wood & Nora Arnezeder!

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Time to see what’s new with our mentally disturbed friend Elijah Wood aka Frank Zito, guys! We have the first six minutes of Franck Khalfoun‘s upcoming horror movie Maniac and as usual – we recommend you to check it out! Why? Well, ’cause we’re talking about the film which is written and produced by Alexandre Aja, and second – ’cause some great cast is involved in the whole thing…

So, as we previously reported, Maniac is the remake of William Lustig‘s brutal 1980 film of the same name which centers on a disturbed individual named Frank Zito, who becomes a ruthless serial killer.

This time, Elijah Wood plays a professional serial killer serial killer, while Nora Arnezeder stars as Anna, young artist terrorized by Wood as the killer/maniac.

Just when the streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and on the hunt.
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