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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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80's Man 1
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Jessica
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Alley Man
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Martin Nunez (as Joshua De La Garza)
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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 Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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 | Thriller

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2 January 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Alexandre Ajas Maniac  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$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 meets Frank at the restaurant, her underarms seem freshly waxed. Later in her apartment, there is visible gray stipple under her arms. This is likely a continuity error because hair does not grow that fast and the scene in question takes place immediately after the restaurant. See more »

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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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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

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Prelude No.1 in C major
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Cello : Frederic Deville
Piano : Sébastien Maigne
© 2012 La Petite Reine
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A Remake that exceeds the original.
17 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at an advanced screening of what I thought was a restoration of the original movie. Instead, I got treated to movie that I didn't even know was being released. The Maniac remake is a really good movie and better than its predecessor, which was more notable for its Tom Savini gore effects and unconventional leading man than for actually being a good movie.

This flick, like the previous Maniac, dispels the idea that psychopaths are cool or bad ass. Here, Frank (Elijah Wood) is a weirdo loner that spends his days restoring antique mannequins and his nights stalking, murdering, and scalping beautiful young women. His grip on reality is so fragile that he has to chug anti-psychotics just to keep his hallucinations under control. Then he meets a pretty young French girl that actually seems to like him. Instead of offering redemption, the burgeoning relationship only makes him more unstable.

The murders are bloody and brilliantly shot and they're made dramatically more by disturbing the film's central gimmick, almost the entire movie is presented from the killer's POV.

The new Maniac does a solid job of capturing the grind-house spirit of the original film. There's plenty of sick humor, sex, and gore all well captured by director Frank Khalfoun. He also partnered with Alaxander Aja (High Tension, The Hill Have Eyes), a co-writer and producer, on the disposable P2 which sucked despite, not because of him. Then he made the superior crime flick Wrong Turn at Tahoe. Now, after watching Maniac, I have to say he is officially a director to keep an eye on. Elijah Wood also does great work as Frank, although I admit it took me a little while to get used to the idea of the stoner dork from Wilfred as a murderer. He definitely won me over by the end, though.

There are minor problems here and there, like the way the whole city is always completely deserted when Frank is stalking a victim. Still, this is a great little movie, very violent, and if you're a gore hound that's also interested in the psychology of a killer, you should watch this immediately.


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