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 Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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

Parents Guide:

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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

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

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 »

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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Connections

References Les yeux sans visage (1960) See more »

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Bells
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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Could have been a origin story for Kevin
8 July 2013 | by KineticSeoulSee all my reviews

Now this movie isn't for the weak of heart or for people that have weak stomachs. The kills in this movie is realistic and very gruesome looking. Although it lacks tension, it's better than a lot of the redundant slasher movies that go straight to DVD. What is unique about this movie is that it put you in the view point of the killer and for the most part goes in a first person view direction. And just with that this movie can get difficult to watch at points. Watching this movie was liked watching a slasher version of "Enter the Void" except instead of a wandering spirit, it's in the view point of the killer. Elijah Wood is really good at playing this obsessive, creepy or mentally unstable psycho killer roles. And he really nails it in this one as well. Although it lacks in tension it makes up for it with the visuals and the psychological aspect of things. Now I haven't seen the original and while this is a remake, I think it's a stand alone film. It's a disturbing film from start to finish and will have most people's attention that can handle it, all the way through. Psycho slasher movie fans will most definitely enjoy this one.

7.6/10


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