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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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Judy
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Martin Nunez (as Joshua De La Garza)
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Puppeteer #2
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Lucie
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Pharmacist
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Storyline

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 Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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

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Release Date:

2 January 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Alexandre Ajas Maniac  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$12,843 (USA) (28 June 2013)
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We don't see Frank's face until 12 minutes into the film. See more »

Goofs

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

Frank: [to his first victim] Please don't scream. You're beautiful.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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Goodbye Horses
Performed by Q. Lazzarus
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Sick and disturbing
14 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In what is probably the sickest movie I've seen since A Serbian Film, Elijah Wood gives a haunting and tortured performance as a mannequin-loving serial killer with mommy issues. It is a noted improvement over the 1980 original, but the film's main innovation, viewing almost everything through the killer's eyes, takes it past being a voyeuristic experience and makes the viewer essentially a participant in the brutal acts portrayed on screen. It's mesmerizing, yet nauseating to watch at the same time. I also liked the soundtrack, which had shades of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, SCARFACE and CANDYMAN, and in a similar style to the soundtracks for Nicholas Winding Refn's most recent two films. I thought the film was excellently shot, with creative use of lighting and atmosphere. Certain sequences were rather disorienting, although that was probably the intended goal. Still, the genre tropes remain and although it's dressed up and presented in a new way it still doesn't break much new ground as far as slashers are concerned. Recommended only if you can stomach it.


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