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Maniac (2012)

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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

Writers:

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 Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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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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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Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (Surround Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

Despite the film taking place from Frank's perspective, the shot where he follows Rita to her home reveals his shadow to the right - not taking place from Frank's POV. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Pussy Talk 2 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Haunted Sequence
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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Same Ol' MANIAC, new generation.
25 March 2013 | by affrodavid45See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of catching this at Horrorhound Weekend in March. The viewing room was a packed house for this one, so I along, with everyone else was also curious of how IFC would take Maniac and make a new movie. Normally with IFC I give it hit (Dead Snow, Stake Land, Tormented) or miss (Human Centipede, ATM, etc.) I have to say the IFC did it right this time with Maniac. First off, I've got to make point that hearing Elijah Wood was gonna be stepping in to the socially awkward, and mentally disturbing shoes of Joe Spinell, I was immediately worried, but it is with great pleasure I can say that Elijah Wood embodies MANIAC through the movie.

The movie begins establishing how unsettling this movies going to be by showing us the killer's (Wood) P.O.V. which is how 90% of the movie is shot. Making the next 90 minutes more haunting than the original as you get the sensation that you the viewer are now the killer. Following the kills, you can be sure that IFC isn't gonna short you on the gore and by God they don't not even 10 minutes in you are treated to a brutal bloody, disturbing scalp removal of a beautiful young woman, which is one of many in the film. The violence is infrequent but when it's present it's brutal, haunting, disturbing, and BLOODY, much like the original. In fact, there are very few things different from the original in this well shot remake. Frank (Wood) is a mannequin rest-orator, who takes pride in his work. So much so that he surrounds himself with them all the time. Frank's childhood, shown through flashbacks, gives the insight of his whore mother always bringing a guy(s) home and performing sexual activities on them, while poor Frank was forced to watch. As a result, mentally disturbed Frank now goes out and kills young woman, by removing their scalps then putting them on his mannequins to keep the spirit alive and keep them forever.

Standing out in this nightmare of a film stands Wood, who really does convince you that he is indeed a MANIAC. Whether it's the constant disillusioned images he forces on himself, scrubbing his hands with tin foil after a fresh kill, or sharing a bed with a mannequin surrounded by flies due to the rotting scalp stapled to its head, this is not the Wood we know. The various shots, edits, and sequences make MANIAC luckily out to be a good remake that will not disappoint fans of the infamous original classic at all.


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