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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Maniac -- Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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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Release Date:
27 December 2012 (Germany) 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
Vincent Gregorio .... sound mix technician
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
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?

The movie features the song "Good-bye Horses," by Q. Lazzarus. The song was also featured in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), another movie about a serial killer who skinned people and had issues with his mother.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Frank:[to his first victim] Please don't scream. You're beautiful.See more »
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25 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
You Can't Duplicate Heart and Soul, 25 June 2013
Author: Chainsaw Slasher from Long Island, New York

First, I can't understand why the original had to be remade. What made that film special wasn't the direction from William Lustig, or the gore effects from Tom Savini (although they did do a top notch job), but rather the world created by Joe Spinell. He is the true heart and soul of the original movie, and like anyone's heart and soul, it could never be duplicated. He had as much to do with the film's direction as Lustig did, and even poured much of his own money into it. Once you strip Spinell from the original, it just becomes a generic slasher film, so I ask again, why was this remade? Just make a similar movie with a different title and character names. Its not like the title "Maniac" has a lot of name value...

This movie is exactly what you expect from someone trying to duplicate something unique. A generic modernized version of a classic, with a few gimmicks thrown in so they could at least say they tried. The POV gimmick is just terrible. There's a reason why you don't see films being made this way (besides found-footage garbage). I guess it's an attempt to put us into Frank's head, but its truly unnecessary and doesn't work cinematically. It just comes off as a hokey and desperate attempt to stand-out. If you want to stand-out, do so by making a good movie, not by changing the camera angle. Good film-making requires much more than that.

Elijah Wood as Frank is a true testament to modern filmmaking- Use a pretty face on a killer to create irony OR to cash in on that actor's name value. Joe Spinell wasn't a household name when he did Maniac. Probably due to his appearance. He most definitely didn't have a pretty face. He was over-weight and someone you could imagine having trouble making friends in school. When I watch the original, I see an "ugly" man who struggles with social stress as a result. He makes that role completely believable. Elijah Wood does not. I can't even go into Wood's acting because it's absolutely minimal in this film, since nearly all of the movie is POV.

Another huge gripe for me was the CGI. The first death scene of the film is supposed to set the tone for the rest of the film. But what do we get? A hokey CGI death. Although the rest of the film does in fact have practical effects, they're CGI enhanced. Compare this scene with the opening death scene of the original Maniac and tell me which looks more realistic and less hokey.

Despite how much I disliked this movie, and how much of an atrocity it is compared to the original, I did find that music absolutely perfect for a Maniac-type film. It's just a real shame it was wasted on such trash.

Whats truly disturbing are all the good reviews here on IMDb. A few have even said this film was better than the original. Some have said they haven't seen the original so they couldn't compare. But I say DO compare, you may be shocked to realize how much better the original film is! Regardless, reviews do not make a movie good, so I'm hoping that as the film becomes more commercially available, the true face of this film will come through from the new reviews...or maybe not.

I was once at a screening of the original Maniac in NYC at the Sunshine Theater, of which William Lustig was attending to do a Q and A (he only lives blocks away from the theater). When asked about selling the rights for a remake, he stated, and I quote exactly: "I'm a whore for money." Another sad day in horror. Spinell would've been saddened by this...

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