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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 Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$12,843 (USA) (28 June 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 »

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Frank: [to his first victim] Please don't scream. You're beautiful.
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Same Ol' MANIAC, new generation.
25 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of catching this at Horrorhound Weekend in March. The viewing room was a packed house for this one, so I along, with everyone else was also curious of how IFC would take Maniac and make a new movie. Normally with IFC I give it hit (Dead Snow, Stake Land, Tormented) or miss (Human Centipede, ATM, etc.) I have to say the IFC did it right this time with Maniac. First off, I've got to make point that hearing Elijah Wood was gonna be stepping in to the socially awkward, and mentally disturbing shoes of Joe Spinell, I was immediately worried, but it is with great pleasure I can say that Elijah Wood embodies MANIAC through the movie.

The movie begins establishing how unsettling this movies going to be by showing us the killer's (Wood) P.O.V. which is how 90% of the movie is shot. Making the next 90 minutes more haunting than the original as you get the sensation that you the viewer are now the killer. Following the kills, you can be sure that IFC isn't gonna short you on the gore and by God they don't not even 10 minutes in you are treated to a brutal bloody, disturbing scalp removal of a beautiful young woman, which is one of many in the film. The violence is infrequent but when it's present it's brutal, haunting, disturbing, and BLOODY, much like the original. In fact, there are very few things different from the original in this well shot remake. Frank (Wood) is a mannequin rest-orator, who takes pride in his work. So much so that he surrounds himself with them all the time. Frank's childhood, shown through flashbacks, gives the insight of his whore mother always bringing a guy(s) home and performing sexual activities on them, while poor Frank was forced to watch. As a result, mentally disturbed Frank now goes out and kills young woman, by removing their scalps then putting them on his mannequins to keep the spirit alive and keep them forever.

Standing out in this nightmare of a film stands Wood, who really does convince you that he is indeed a MANIAC. Whether it's the constant disillusioned images he forces on himself, scrubbing his hands with tin foil after a fresh kill, or sharing a bed with a mannequin surrounded by flies due to the rotting scalp stapled to its head, this is not the Wood we know. The various shots, edits, and sequences make MANIAC luckily out to be a good remake that will not disappoint fans of the infamous original classic at all.


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