Maniac

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Released 2013

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Director:
Franck Khalfoun
Released:
2013
Rating:
Not rated
A 21st century Jack the Ripper set in the present day, MANIAC is a reboot of the cult film considered by many to be the most suspenseful slasher movie ever made. Frank (Elijah Wood, in a tour de force performance) is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, whose life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates and the number of victims increases, it becomes clear that Frank is far more dangerous than he seems. With a pulsating electronic score by Rob, the film is an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiraling nightmare of a killer and his victims.

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  • 83

    The Playlist Drew Taylor

    It'll get your blood pumping, before it starts spilling down your forehead.

  • 60

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Slasher-movie fans, however, need not be put off by the stylized camera work and arty patina: this is down and dirty genre filmmaking, and the various slaughters, excruciatingly de...

  • 60

    Total Film Jamie Graham

    The scuzz-chic visuals, sleaze-synth score and deep-cutting gore are effective, and shooting from the killer's POV proves a valid USP. But Wood, despite giving his all, cannot matc...

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