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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.

Director:

Franck Khalfoun

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Alexandre Aja (screenplay), Grégory Levasseur (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Alex Diaz ... Puppeteer #2
Megan Duffy ... Lucie
Eli Dupont Eli Dupont ... Young Frank
Luis Fernandez-Gil ... Waiter
Dan Hunter ... Nick
Devra Korwin Devra Korwin ... Saleswoman
Akbar Kurtha ... Pharmacist
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Storyline

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 Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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

I warned you not to go out tonight

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexandre Ajas Maniac See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,571, 23 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,551, 7 July 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (Surround Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film marks the second time Elijah Wood portraying a serial killer. The first film is Sin City (2005). See more »

Goofs

Frank's reflection on a passing subway vaguely reveals the cameraman and camera assistant. See more »

Quotes

Frank: [to his first victim] Please don't scream. You're beautiful.
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References Eyes Without a Face (1960) See more »

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Floor Light
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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Unusual and interesting
23 March 2013 | by cinematic_aficionadoSee all my reviews

A psychopath on the loose. Or should I just say, a young boy with unresolved mother issues as a result of which others (girls, in particular) have to suffer?

Once he sets his eyes on the next target, nothing gets in the way. Very cunningly he establishes where the victims live and like a skilled craftsman carries out his hideous crimes, without remorse, second thoughts or hesitation.

Pivotal to the story is the appearance of an artist who has an acute interests in these plastic mannequins something that appeals greatly to the disturbed young man. Much as his instincts are ever present she somehow causes him to not be himself which is no little thing.

Great job has been done to bring intensity on the screen. We follow the troubled man, we agonise as he prepares his next murder, we feel sorrow when he indulges his animal instincts. Elijah wood is outstanding as the loner with a dark secret.

Another plus would have to be how the director gives it a very 80's look and feel without ever misleading us from the fact that it is a very modern day story.

Ultimately, although the direction by a Frenchman has its obvious advantages it remains a Hollywood movie. Hyperbole, gory scenes for the sake of it and a sense of stretched reality deprive this appealing story from further deserved points.


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