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Maniac -- Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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

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
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
Tara Sattler .... production attorney
Michael Edward Smith .... location manager
Eric Stangeland .... key assistant location manager

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
89 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (Surround Sound)
Australia:R (2013) | Canada:18A | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | France:-16 | Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (uncut) (DVD release) | Germany:18 (cut) (DVD release) | 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) | Philippines:R-18 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | UK:18 | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

We don't see Frank's face until 12 minutes into the film.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 »
Frank:[to his first victim] Please don't scream. You're beautiful.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Shining (1980)See more »
JunoSee more »


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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A sick desperation lingers on..........., 15 July 2013
Author: Siddharth kalkal from India

Since I have not seen the original Maniac (1980) hence this movie for me had no prerequisite anticipatory factor attached to it. Also since slasher movie genre doesn't hold so much of a charm on me so I took this movie in a stride, if you know what I mean. I was highly impressed by Elijah Wood in Sin City, his cold calculated cannibalistic killer portrayal had an allure to it and just so as to revisit that coldness I went into Maniac.

Now one thing I can guarantee about Maniac is it's quite difficult to stay indifferent to it. It's ruthlessly executed. The P.O.V approach is spot on, for then you truly tend to understand what goes inside that head of his. After a point of time it turns into a personal experience of sorts and this is what P.O.V brings to the table. The strain and the blurry visions when Frank has those migraines reciprocates his own pain and you first hand live through his troubled life, feeding into his dreams and upon his preys. It would be incorrect to call Maniac a slasher movie, it does have elements resembling the Slasher genre but in it's nuances you find a whole gamut of emotions colliding and forging his actions. It explores Frank inside out and in turn generates sympathy for him. His loneliness and his apprehensions in confronting his emotions tend to make him more than a simple antagonist. As Frank you feel cheated, angry and a sick desperation to manifest these emotions into something violent. I won't say if it was meant to be an allegory of sorts on the society and it's structure but it sure was an interesting character study.

Technically the movie is superbly done, the P.O.V might be a little discomforting to start with but soon it settles in, there are portions where the continuity is broken but those are real Cathartic situations and so the idea in itself justifies the break of continuity. As for the performances, Elijah Wood; not so visible save in mirrors is still terrific, his voice for much of the movie brings out the desperation inside him. He is truly an underrated actor with such vast potential, it's just a matter of putting in a straw and sucking out the talent. Even Nora as Anna puts in a nice performance, looking straight into the camera and with no source to compliment her performance she manages to pull it off real nice. Overall Maniac in terms of story offers nothing new but the treatment is worth the accolades. It might seem hollow at times and Frank a little clichéd but still for the sheer experimentation and experience of it, Maniac at least a one time watch..I'd go with a 8/10...and would recommend for sure.

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