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 Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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
Some of Elijah Wood's dialogue had to be recorded using ADR after filming had wrapped. Wood stated, "I knew that the character had to come alive when you didn't see him. So most of that was done in the ADR stage in post-production. I felt the character was kind of created there, for the most part." See more »
(around 1 hr. and 12 min.) Shadows pass over behind Anna, just before Frank blocks the front door. See more »
[to his first victim]
Please don't scream. You're beautiful.
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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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