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Maniac -- Watch Now While It's in Theaters. Elijah Wood stars as a serial killer stalking beautiful coeds in a blood-soaked thriller.
Maniac -- Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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 and the number of victims increases, it becomes clear that Frank is far more dangerous than he seems.


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Alexandre Aja (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
27 December 2012 (Germany) See more »
I warned you not to go out tonight
As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Nora Arnezeder ... Anna

Brian Ames ... 80's Man 1

America Olivo ... Frank's Mother

Genevieve Alexandra ... Jessica

Liane Balaban ... Judy

Jan Broberg ... Rita

Aaron Colom ... Alley Man

Joshua Delagarza ... Martin Nunez (as Joshua De La Garza)
Alex Diaz ... Puppeteer #2

Megan Duffy ... Lucie
Eli Dupont ... Young Frank

Luis Fernandez-Gil ... Waiter

Dan Hunter ... Nick
Devra Korwin ... Saleswoman

Akbar Kurtha ... Pharmacist

Sal Landi ... Police Chief

Bryan Lugo ... Officer Burton
Mike McCarty ... Puppeteer #1

Délé Ogundiran ... Policewoman
Patrick Orr ... 80's Man 2
Steffinnie Phrommany ... Clubber Girl

Ron Reznik ... Officer Norton

Mic Rodgers ... Old Man

Sammi Rotibi ... Jason

Rochelle Rudolph ... Dancer #2
Gregory Taieb ... Walker
Lauren Emily Vaughan ... Dancer #1
Steven James Williams ... Frank #2

Elijah Wood ... Frank
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brittani Cox ... Prostitute
Jacqueline Buda ... Jogger (uncredited)

Freedom ... Policeman (uncredited)
Courtney Howard ... Art Patron (uncredited)

Davis Neves ... Girl in Striped Dress (uncredited)
Morgane Slemp ... Jenna (uncredited)

Directed by
Franck Khalfoun 
Writing credits
Alexandre Aja (screenplay) &
Grégory Levasseur (screenplay)

Joe Spinell (original screenplay)

Produced by
Alexandre Aja .... producer
Antoine de Cazotte .... executive producer
Daniel Delume .... executive producer
Andrew W. Garroni .... executive producer
Pavlina Hatoupis .... executive producer
Thomas Langmann .... producer
William Lustig .... producer
Emmanuel Montamat .... co-producer
J.B. Popplewell .... associate producer
Justine Raczkiewicz .... associate producer
Alix Taylor .... executive producer
Original Music by
Robin Coudert  (as Rob)
Cinematography by
Maxime Alexandre 
Film Editing by
Franck Khalfoun 
Casting by
John Barba 
Lisa Fields 
Production Design by
Stefania Cella 
Art Direction by
Costume Design by
Mairi Chisholm 
Makeup Department
Brittania Denison .... key makeup artist (as Brittania Perri)
Lorraine Martin .... makeup department head
Jean Webber .... key hair stylist
Jose Zamora .... department head hair
Production Management
Antoine de Cazotte .... unit production manager
Varujan Gumusel .... post-production manager
Frank Mettre .... post-production supervisor
Daniela Roth .... production supervisor
Christine J. Russo .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John David Denison .... first assistant director: second unit
John David Denison .... second second assistant director
Matt Henderson .... first assistant director
Marie-Hélène Riverain .... second assistant director
Art Department
Penelope Franco Gilmore .... on set dresser (as Penelope Franco)
J. Michael Glynn .... property master
Analisa Quilty .... lead person
Sound Department
Adrien Arnaud .... sound editor
Emmanuel Augeard .... sound designer
Jérémy Babinet .... foley editor
Christophe Brajdic .... sound consultant
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Vincent Cosson .... foley mixer
Vincent Cosson .... sound re-recording mixer
François-Joseph Hors .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim D. Lloyd .... boom operator
Zsolt Magyar .... sound mixer
Gildas Mercier .... adr mixer
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Steve Neal .... commentary mixer
Matthew Sanchez .... sound utility
Franck Tassel .... foley artist
Gregorio Vincent .... sound mix technician
Special Effects by
Eric Coon .... special effects coordinator
Donnie Dean .... special effects consultant
Matt Kutcher .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Charise E. Angone .... visual effects coordinator
Madalina Bland .... digital compositor
Michael Boden .... digital compositor
Laurent Brett .... title designer
Florian Chauvet .... visual effects coordinator
August Coleman .... digital compositor
Charles Dulin .... digital compositor
Adrien Garcia .... digital compositor
Chad Goei .... digital compositor
Jamison Scott Goei .... visual effects supervisor
Taylor Hartley .... digital animator
Diana Hinek .... digital compositor
David Law .... digital artist
Sookie Park .... digital compositor
Joel Pinto .... digital compositor
Drew Redford .... digital animator
Chris Reilly .... digital compositor
Prasanna Siddharthan .... digital compositor
Eric Coon .... stunt driver
Eyad Elbitar .... stunt rigger
Jessica Harbeck .... stunt double: Nora Arnezeder
Mario Perez .... stunt double: Joshua de la Garza
Lee Whittaker .... stunt double: Elijah Wood
Keith Woulard .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Carroll .... gaffer
Victoria Chenoweth .... lighting technician
Oscar Garcia .... key grip
Tom Hunt .... additional best boy grip
Kaiyoti .... grip
Jason B. McCann .... grip
Daniel C. McFadden .... still photographer
Leigh Mierke .... best boy electric
Lawrence Montemayor .... first assistant camera
Neil G. Phillips .... best boy grip
Raul Rivera .... dolly grip
Benjamin Steeples .... additional second assistant camera
Lacey Terrell .... still photographer
Von Thomas .... digital imaging technician & dallies colorist
Joseph Turrentine .... lighting technician
Brian Udoff .... additional second assistant camera
Casting Department
Shannon Collis .... casting assistant
Shaunessy James Quinn .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tiger Curran .... set costumer
Cindy Hong .... wardrobe production assistant
Editorial Department
Arnaud Caréo .... on-line editor
Ana Cojanu .... post-production assistant (international version)
Karim El Katari .... color timer: Eclair
Lawrence Klein .... assistant editor
Loriane Lucas .... post-production coordinator
Fabien Pascal .... film colorist
Laurent Pelé .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Stéphane Briand .... score mixer
Isabelle Degremont .... assistant to music supervisor
Raphael Hamburger .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Anastasia Levine .... transportation captain
Lauren Levine .... transportation coordinator
Raymond Martin .... driver
Other crew
Mark Alkofer .... studio teacher
Allison Andrade .... production accountant
Case Barden .... production assistant
Julien Béségher .... production accountant
Erika Canchola .... production attorney
Erin Connarn .... script supervisor
Sara Correa .... set key production assistant
Dan Eason .... location scout
Neal Ficker .... production assistant
Sam Fickman .... production assistant
Mike Groner .... insurance broker
Chris Hill .... computer/video playback
Norm Jones .... set medic
Allen Kelley .... production secretary
Wes Kellison .... site rep
Justen Patrick Lander .... production assistant
Eloy Lara .... medic
Christina Lee .... production assistant
Jama McMahon .... production assistant
David McNayr .... production secretary
Ryan Miningham .... production coordinator
Anh Phan .... production assistant
James Phares .... production assistant
Dirk Rogers .... lab tech: K.N.B. EFX Group
Tara Sattler .... production attorney
Michael Edward Smith .... location manager
Eric Stangeland .... key assistant location manager
Lindsay Stephen .... production assistant

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Additional Details

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89 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (Surround Sound)
Australia:R | Brazil:18 | Canada:18A | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | France:16 | Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (uncut) (DVD release) | Germany:18 (cut) (DVD release) | Germany:(Banned) (uncut) | Germany:18 (uncut) (theatrical release) | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | Japan:R15+ (edited version) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 (film festival rating) | New Zealand:(Banned) (2013) | Norway:15 | Philippines:R-18 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | UK:18 | USA:Not Rated

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 »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
References Frankenstein (1931)See more »
Goodbye HorsesSee more »


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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Terrible Movie, 14 April 2015
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The restorer Frank (Elijah Wood) is the owner of a mannequin store that belonged to his mother. Frank was abused by his mother when he was a child and now he is a psychopath serial-killer with a fetish for scalps. When he meets the French photographer Anna (Nora Arnezeder), she loves his work of restoration of mannequins and they become friends. Anna borrows mannequins to an exhibition that she is promoting and Frank helps her. Franks goes to the opening night and stalks and kills Anna's agent Rita (Jan Broberg). Anna calls Frank to tell what happened to Rita and he goes to her apartment. Soon she suspects that Frank might be a serial-killer, but he is in her apartment.

"Maniac" is a terrible movie and remake of the 1980 "Maniac". The flawed story uses the stupid cliché of the victim running to a desert area. Los Angeles seems to be a ghost town. One woman in the subway flees to an empty parking area. Anna cries, there are fights in her apartment but the noise does not disturb the neighbors that do not take any attitude. The camera is also awful. The best part is the totally unexpected first death of a woman in the front door of her apartment. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): "Maníaco" ("Maniac")

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