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 Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$12,843 (USA) (28 June 2013)
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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 »

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 »

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Frank: [to his first victim] Please don't scream. You're beautiful.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Hardcore Henry (2016) See more »

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Headache City
by Robin Coudert (as Rob)
(p) 2012 La Petite Reine © 2012 Reine Multimedia Publishing / Because Editions
Maniac © 2012 La Petite Reine / Studio 37
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Nasty Elijah
19 September 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – 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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