Elijah Wood turns in the performance of a lifetime as Frank, a shy unassuming young man with a terrifying hobby. When not managing his mannequin store, Frank enjoys stalking, then scalping young women. When he meets Anna, a beautiful young artist who asks for his help with her upcoming exhibition, Frank desperately tries to keep his homicidal instincts in check, but as his affections for Anna increase, so too does the urge to kill.
Brutal, bloody and brilliant, MANIAC takes the sleaze and grime of William Lustig’s original ground-breaking horror film and imbues it with a far more polished, almost European-like sensibility. Merging shocking acts of violence that border on the pornographic, with an intimate, visually daring, and psychologically complex soul, director Franck Khalfoun has created a modern-day horror masterpiece this is “guaranteed to get your blood pumping – right before it starts dripping down your forehead!” You dare not miss MANIAC!!
"A deliciously twisted experience"
"Recalls Jonathan Demme's genre-redefining The Silence of the Lambs"
Time Out New York
"Stylishly directed and superbly written, this is a genuinely chilling and disturbingly intense slasher-horror-thriller with a terrific central performance from Elijah Wood"
"An elegant and carefully crafted film, from start to finish"
"A shocker of a remake, equal parts stylish and scuzzy"
"At last an intelligent horror remake that understands its source material and yet brings something new to the butcher's slab"
"Maniac is that rare horror remake that completely outclasses its source in every sense"
"Maniac' goes from 0-60 in the blink of an eye as it opens with a shocking kill that will have horror fans salivating for more...It's not for the faint of heart."
New York Post
"A sadistic art-house bloodbath"
The Hollywood Reporter
Cannes Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival