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Maniac (2012)

Not Rated | | Horror | 2 January 2013 (France)
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As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface.

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80's Man 1
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Frank's Mother
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Jessica
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Rita
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Alley Man
Joshua Delagarza ...
Martin Nunez (as Joshua De La Garza)
Alex Diaz ...
Puppeteer #2
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Eli Dupont ...
Young Frank
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Waiter
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Nick
Devra Korwin ...
Saleswoman
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Pharmacist
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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 Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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 Frank's obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill. Written by Anonymous

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I warned you not to go out tonight

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Horror

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2 January 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Alexandre Ajas Maniac  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,571, 23 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,551, 7 July 2013
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The movie features the song "Good-bye Horses," by Q. Lazzarus. The song was also featured in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), another movie about a serial killer who skinned people and had issues with his mother. See more »

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When Lucie puts on music at her apartment the record is playing the 7" version of Q. Lazzarus's song "Goodbye Horses" while the actual record is clearly a 12". See more »

Quotes

Lucie: You are totally not what imagined.
Frank: Really? What did you imagine?
Lucie: Uh... fat, with long black hair and greasy skin full of acne.
Frank: You should see the other picture I was about to send.
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Referenced in An American Mary in London (2012) See more »

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Aantarik Ashanti
by Manjeet Amar
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Nasty Elijah
19 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

MANIAC is an unwanted remake of the classic Joe Spinell video nasty of the same name from 1980, a film about a psychopath with a habit of scalping women. This new version follows exactly the same story (right down to the horrific nightmare climax) with 'improved' CGI gore effects over the original, although I have to say they're nowhere near the quality of the much-remembered Tom Savini prosthetic effects work.

In any case, this is an incredibly dark odyssey of murder and madness. I thought the material would have been watered down but this is just as grisly and depressing as the original. There's plenty of reason to watch, not least Elijah Wood who makes a good psychopath (as he did in SIN CITY); the whole film is shot through the killer's point of view which gives things an edgy, fresh feel. I loved the use of music and cinematography throughout, which reminded me of Refn's style in DRIVE, so it's a little bit of a shame that the story is so unrelentingly dark and miserable. I'd love to see an action or martial arts film done in this same POV style, though.


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