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Maniac (2012)

Not Rated  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  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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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 Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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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Release Date:

2 January 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Alexandre Ajas Maniac  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,571 (USA) (21 June 2013)


$12,843 (USA) (28 June 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Upon meeting Frank at the restaurant, Lucie says she's happy that he's not "Fat, with long black hair and greasy skin full of acne" which, whilst not flattering, would be an apt description of Joe Spinell's Frank, in the original. See more »


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 »


Frank: [to his first victim] Please don't scream. You're beautiful.
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Referenced in Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2012) See more »


Goodbye Horses
Performed by Q. Lazzarus
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23 March 2013 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

A psychopath on the loose. Or should I just say, a young boy with unresolved mother issues as a result of which others (girls, in particular) have to suffer?

Once he sets his eyes on the next target, nothing gets in the way. Very cunningly he establishes where the victims live and like a skilled craftsman carries out his hideous crimes, without remorse, second thoughts or hesitation.

Pivotal to the story is the appearance of an artist who has an acute interests in these plastic mannequins something that appeals greatly to the disturbed young man. Much as his instincts are ever present she somehow causes him to not be himself which is no little thing.

Great job has been done to bring intensity on the screen. We follow the troubled man, we agonise as he prepares his next murder, we feel sorrow when he indulges his animal instincts. Elijah wood is outstanding as the loner with a dark secret.

Another plus would have to be how the director gives it a very 80's look and feel without ever misleading us from the fact that it is a very modern day story.

Ultimately, although the direction by a Frenchman has its obvious advantages it remains a Hollywood movie. Hyperbole, gory scenes for the sake of it and a sense of stretched reality deprive this appealing story from further deserved points.

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