As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface.


Franck Khalfoun


Alexandre Aja (screenplay), Grégory Levasseur (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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 Dan Hunter ... Nick
Devra Korwin Devra Korwin ... Saleswoman
Akbar Kurtha Akbar Kurtha ... Pharmacist


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 Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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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I warned you not to go out tonight


Horror | Thriller


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Like the original film, this remake was banished in Germany (§ 131 StGB, Glorification of violence). The banishment was lifted in February 2020. See more »


When Lucie puts on music at her apartment the record is playing the 7" version of Q. Lazzarus's song "Goodbye Horses" while the actual record is clearly a 12". See more »


Frank: [to his first victim] Please don't scream. You're beautiful.
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Features The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) See more »


Goodbye Horses
Written by William Garvey
Performed by William Garvey & Q. Lazzarus
© Donna Dijon Music Publications
Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Music Inc and Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
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16 January 2016 | by sol-See all my reviews

Updated for the internet dating era and given a first person point-of-view treatment that forces us to view everything from the title character's perspective a la 'Enter the Void', this contemporary take on William Lustig's 'Maniac' is more innovative than your average genre remake. While Elijah Wood's face is often obscured due to the way the film is shot, the film also benefits greatly from his casting as, with big blue eyes and milquetoast mannerisms, he seems like anything but your average serial killer. There is also more attempt to explore his damaged childhood and his desire for a girlfriend. This time round, his love interest mistakes him for a gay platonic friend due to his obsession with "dolls" (mannequins) and reluctance to hit on her. The mannequins also figure better into the plot here with Wood actually owning a mannequin store. The film does, however, disappointingly ditch Joe Spinell's curious obsession with photographs as a form of preservation from the first film, which in turn renders his dressing up of the mannequins a tad random. The violence, while quite graphic, also does not have the same shock value this time round, and while the film maintains the original's semi-supernatural ending, the effect is not quite the same knowing that it is coming. Overall though, the 2012 'Maniac' offers some substantial improvements on the original, the point-of-view cinematography is frequently breathtaking and the incorporation of 'Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' footage is excellent. The music is at least as atmospheric, if not more so, and Wood is really quite creepy.

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Release Date:

2 January 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Maniac See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,571, 23 June 2013

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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