USA/France , 2012

  • 89 MIN
  • DIR: Franck Khalfoun
  • CAST: Elijah Wood, Liane Balaban, Nora Amezeder

“Maniac is a film that will challenge you, shock you, and disturb and repel you.” – Dread Central

MANIAC IS THE BEST HORROR REMAKE YET! There – we’ve said it! Elijah Wood is amazing as Frank, the sicko with a taste for mannequins and women’s scalps. Brutal, bloody and brilliant, MANIAC is a demented ride from go to whoa and contains the best opening sequence of any horror film in eons.

The second coming of Frank Zito is not so much a case of the past being revisited as redefined. The sleaze and grime of the Lustig original has been replaced with a far more polished, almost European-like sensibility but the high impact, verging on pornographic, violence is as devastating now as it was thirty years ago. Alexandre Aja (HAUTE TENSION, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, PIRANHA 3D) has teamed up with Franck Khalfoun to create a modern horror masterpiece that, like the original, will stand the test of time. This is a glorious horror gem that blends the best of the video nasty era with a giallo like brushstroke.

MANIAC is an incredible achievement effortlessly disinterring the sleazy heart of the original and displaying it in modern trappings for all who venture into it. A must-see!

Gentlemen, please leave your blades at the candy bar. Ladies, please wear hats!

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