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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

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 Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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:

Maniac See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,571, 23 June 2013

Gross USA:

$31,081

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,631,275
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (Surround Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The song Lucie puts on in her apartment never skips despite multiple jump-cuts. 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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Haunted (Alternative Version)
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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Misunderstood
2 July 2016 | by edwardvincentvSee all my reviews

I am not writing a review because unlike the others (not pointing fingers and i apologize if i offend) i don't want to spoil anything and don't want to say anything majorly about the story I see that people rate it for something it isn't and i feel like that is a problem. I just feel like people should know at least what I gathered from this film.

I have not watched the original but what i have understood is that people seemed irritated that some "proffesional" reviewers wrote it off as a women hating, violent movie and nothing more.

Now i have read some of the reviews for this and a lot of people say the same thing. Just a violent nasty and judges/rates it on that. IT Isn't. In fact this is one of the saddest movies i have seen. I think its wrong to say that it isn't violent. It has violence that makes you want to turn away. But its not about that. It doesn't rely on violence. The main character is a troubled man that tries to live his life, dealing with his issues. He doesn't have anyone and doesn't know how to deal with them alone.

Its a 1st person drama/thriller with a sad but beautiful techno music to blend in with the neon lighted feel of this movie. The acting of Elijah wood is brilliant in that he mostly needs to act with his voice and not his face. The story is sad and i cant help but feel sad for the main character much like The Voices staring Ryan Reynolds. The movie focuses so much on there psychological problems that it just comes of as tragic and sad.

This isn't a horror movie with no story and disposable characters. This is a character built, character driven sad movie that is beautiful both visual and story wise.


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