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Maniac [Blu-ray] (2013)

Elijah Wood , Nora Arnezeder , Franck Khalfoun  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder
  • Directors: Franck Khalfoun
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DPUB57Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,256 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Frank (Elijah Wood, The Lord of the Rings) leads a deceptively peaceful life: to the outside world, he s a withdrawn and somewhat eccentric owner of a mannequin store. But his quiet façade masks an inner rage that forces him to brutally kill the women who manage to get too close to him. When a young artist named Anna (Nora Arnezeder, Safe House) appears one day at Frank s shop and asks for his help with her new exhibition, Frank develops an obsession with her that threatens to completely destroy his already fragile psyche. Soon the streets become unsafe for any woman after dark as this newly-awakened maniac begins to stalk and kill. A 21st century Jack the Ripper story set in present day Los Angeles, MANIAC 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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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare remake that is worth it. September 9, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
As a huge fan of the Joe Spinell original, I have to say I was more than impressed with this retelling of one of the more unique horror films from the 80's. I was more than skeptical about the POV style, and of any remakes lately, but Elijah Wood was fantastic as the tortured psychopath. The special effects were great, if you like some good, bloody slasher movie effects, and the overall mood was dark and brooding, the way a slasher film should be. Highly recommended for the old school horror fan.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maniac is a haunting look through the eyes of a killer November 4, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Franck Khalfoun's Maniac is a stylishly brutal horror film that wraps its bloody hands around your throat and never lets go. Khalfoun's remake centers around a serial killer with a fetish for scalps who is 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.

Directors like Khalfoun are the reason why I'm notoriously optimistic when it comes to remakes. Maniac proves that you can inject terrifying new life into a story that has already been told and why we should be more accepting of remakes rather than write them off the moment they are announced. Yes, most fail. However, when they succeed, we get a film like Maniac and man is it one hell of a ride.

The film's strongest element as well as Khalfoun's most surprising approach to the film was shooting it almost entirely in the point of view of Elijah Wood's character Frank -- putting the audience in the mind of the killer. This tactic was truly terrifying and a fantastic way to experience a horror film. You often just hear the heavy breathing of Frank as he stalks his victims and all you can see is his trembling bloody hands. By shooting a film this way the director traps the audience in the body of a killer almost forcing you to do these horrible things with the Maniac. It's such a different way to experience a horror film but it really pays off in the end.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yeah! Insta-classic November 7, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I should not be typing this: I should be re-watching this instant classic. To those concerned parties, do not be, but, if you still are, watch this director's work in P2. I feel your opinion of that will represent the bulk of how you feel about this one. That is not to say that they are derivative. I am simply saying that the style is similar, though the addition of Wood's phenomenal portrayal and the soundtrack ripped straight from the 1980 original definitely tip the scale. To chime in on the debate, this movie is similar, but very dissimilar from the original. I would classify this as a re-boot versus a remake. Stop comparing it to the original and respect what both directors and both lead actors brought to their respective film. You will enjoy the gruesome, awkward, troubling journey that is the Manac.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film and amazing soundtrack! June 29, 2013
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Don't let the negative nancy reviews from this movie stop you from renting this movie, if you are looking for an amazing visual horror/thriller film with a very memorable soundtrack that ties the movie EXTREMELY well, then check out this movie! Also, if you saw Elijah Woods in "Sin City" and loved his character in that movie, then you can expect even more amazing performance by Woods in this Maniac movie as well.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY fixed the streaming June 21, 2013
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I wish I read the reviews before I rented this. This is not the movie that is advertised in the title.

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The mixup has been FIXED so I was able to see the movie. Now to fix my rating with a proper review. This is a definite 5 star horror movie in my book.

The POV camera for the stalking/killing is very jarring (harkening back to the opening scene of Halloween). Paired with the somewhat retro soundtrack it gives a nostalgic feeling for old style slasher movies in a modern setting, and I think the movie itself is a solid entry into that genre. The violence in the movie is VERY graphic (and it does not shy away from it using quick cuts or other camera tricks), so gauge your own stomach before watching, but it is worth it in my opinion.

Like I said, definite 5 star on the movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must see for hardcore horror fans! November 8, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
The Good
Shot in a unique first person style with only brief shots of Elijah's character the cinematography and camera technique helps to keep our interest throughout the 90 minute runtime.

The Bad
The first person perspective also lends a bit of frustration to the viewer. I want to step out at times and see more of Elijah's character but we are stuck in the first person view. It's also a bit frustrating to think that the maniac would get away with such brazen murders throughout the film.

The Ugly
There is a lot of ugly in this film. Some of the murder scenes seem a bit over the top in the gore department. I love a little slasher gore but in many scenes I feel like the director is just trying to get a reaction out of the viewer. The film works best when the gore is more subtle. The closing scene is especially over the top and completely unnecessary.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Gore was the star of this mess
I can't believe Elijah lent himself to this trash. If acting is looking wide-eyed during the entire movie then all the "actors" did their job.
Published 8 days ago by 1farstar
3.0 out of 5 stars Maniac remake is faithful to the original
Impressive updated version of the 1980 cult classic. Has the same "you are there" narrative but has intense moments in its own right. Read more
Published 9 days ago by mns9232k
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top 5 favorite films of 2013!
There's a dearth of truly original films in today's cinema landscape and so it comes as no surprise to learn that Maniac is based off of a previously existing film. Read more
Published 10 days ago by jellydonut25
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Weirdly interesting
Published 18 days ago by cozzetta
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great
Published 27 days ago by GRixse
4.0 out of 5 stars An artistic slasher film
The thoroughly unique feature of this film is that it's shot entirely from the first-person point of view of its cold-blooded protagonist. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kurt Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Remake!
Alexandre Aja and his normal team always seem to do a great job with both original horror films and even remakes. This movie is no exception. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Midway 47
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Dark and Intriguing Horror Masterpiece!
This movie is by far one of the best horror films I have ever seen! Elijah Wood's performance is absolutely amazing! Read more
Published 1 month ago by E.Most
2.0 out of 5 stars Stylish looking but boring, overdone story.
As an ardent fan of P2,I was really looking forward to this but sadly, even if it is a remake, there isn't anything new to warrant seeing it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Miniver
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly great
If you've seen Elijah Woods characters in Wilfred or Sin City, then you've seen him outside of his innocent hobbit self. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zach Tyo
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