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Maniac (2013)

Elijah Wood , Nora Arnezeder , Franck Khalfoun  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder
  • Directors: Franck Khalfoun
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD 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: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,317 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Frank (Elijah Wood, The Lord of the Rings) leads a deceptively peaceful life: to the outside world, he s a withdrawn and somewhat eccentric owner of a mannequin store.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.

Special Features: Making Of, Poster Gallery, Trailer

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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare remake that is worth it. September 9, 2013
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Certain movies speak to a specific time or place and the 1980 horror slasher "Maniac" is one of those films. William Lustig's bleak portrait of a serial killer capitalized on the birth of the home video market to offer an underground movie experience to audiences who didn't typically have access to non-mainstream cult movies. For its time, it became a bona fide sensation. I'd maintain that it isn't a particularly good movie (and I've probably seen it a half dozen times and own it), but it was startlingly effective as a new breed of shocker. The early eighties were a thrilling time for independent films! The VHS explosion opened up a whole new world and made monster hits out of movies that otherwise would not have been so impactful with lesser availability. "The Evil Dead," for example, is one of the era's most sweeping success stories. Part of the appeal of the original "Maniac" is that it is a visceral movie, one that puts the viewer right into the middle of some rather unpleasant events. This remake maintains a chilly aloofness and captures events from a bold "killer's eye" viewpoint, but it simply lacks the horrific novelty of its predecessor. With another 30+ years of movie brutality in the can, the story behind "Maniac" doesn't have the same effect as it once did.

Beyond this observation, though, I will refrain from any other comparisons and simply look at this new iteration of "Maniac" on its own terms. Elijah Wood plays the titular character and he is, indeed, unwell. Fans of Wood might embrace this change-of-pace endeavor, but it should be noted that he isn't actually seen very often despite being in every frame of the movie. The whole experience is done with a creepy Point of View perspective, meaning that we're seeing through Wood's eyes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CORRECT TITLE April 23, 2014
By Judee
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Acting is superb as is the story. Elijah Wood is excellent. This is compelling and scary one to watch with someone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Sad Excuse For a Movie April 2, 2014
By Alyssa
As a huge fan of the original, I watched this movie on Netflix. I am so glad that I didn't go out of my way to spend money on this piece of garbage, it completely counteracts the original and is emotionally detached. I frequently found myself wondering when this movie was finally going to be over. Elijah Wood needs to stick to LOTR and stay away from slicing up women. This film is a disaster and I would give it less than 1 star if I could.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Horror! March 31, 2014
By Hannah
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I love this film. It is one of the best Horror's I have seen. Elijah Wood is amazing in this film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing March 26, 2014
Graphic, gory, disturbing and intense. Don't watch it if you have a queasy stomach, it's so gross. I do like the main character, great actor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Horror Film of 2013 March 25, 2014
Maniac is a true look into the mind of a psychopath. Disturbing, emotional, bloody and brilliant. Maniac is the best horror remake since John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) and a must-see for any fan of true Psychological Horror. A excellent marriage of American Slasher films and European Psychological Thrillers. Maniac is one of those rare Horror films that I would actually call a work of art. The simple minded will not be able to get past the "First Person" Perspective but those who are willing to go with the device instead of instantly writing it off as a gimmick are going to enjoy every minute of this gory, introspective ride.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Frodo's Dancing Like He's Never Danced Before... March 23, 2014
Maniac (Franck Khalfoun, 2012)

I have long been antipathetic to the work of Alexandre Aja; Haute Tension, his first film to get wide American releases, is an overrated, boring thriller with plot holes large enough for the nuclear mutants in his horrific The Hills Have Eyes remake to drag tourists through. Franck Khalfoun is Alexandre Aja (and Aja's partner Gregory Lavasseur)'s protege, and there are times when I think the servant is easily going to overshadow the master; 2007's P2 is an amusing if forgettable piece of fluff, but it's a hundred times better than any Aja-helmed film I've seen to date. Which gives you an idea of where I'm coming from when I saw Maniac start showing up on a number of Best of 2013 lists, including topping Dread Central's Best Horror Movies of the Year consensus. And, from my perspective, I was right; this isn't even as good as P2, though once again it's acres better than much of Aja's own offerings (Aja and Levasseur, as with P2, wrote the script and passed it off to Khalfoun).

Plot: Frank (Elijah Wood, once again trying to shed the lingering spectre of Frodo Baggins) is a mannequin restorer who has a thing for women's hair—especially when he's skinned it from their heads, scalp intact, and puts it on his mannequins. Yeah, he's got a few issues, examined in enough detail to be really creepy in flashbacks featuring Frank as a young boy (Eli Dupont in his first screen appearance) watching his mother (America Olivo from the recent remake of Friday the 13th), presumably a prostitute, plying her trade. (The whole psychology-of-the-killer thing here, as is often the case, is somewhat shockingly reactionary, pop psychology 101 without doing anything new or interesting, and it just feels tiresome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Hate Hollywood, I Hate Remakes, and I Hate Well Known Actors In...
First and foremost, Hollywood has always sucked since the dawn of it's day. Granted, great things have came from Hollywood, though they are few and far between, and lessoning as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by XDel
1.0 out of 5 stars Horribly predictable and boring- did not even finish it
I've never seen the original, so I cannot comment on how this remake lives up to it or not.

I made it about 30 or 40 minutes into this one before deciding it wasn't... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Utterly Undead Reads (and sometimes more)
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of money
Worst horror movie ever. The preview makes it look so terrifying but the movie itself is awful! Not worth it.
Published 1 month ago by Kat House
5.0 out of 5 stars Sick and depraved - I loved it
First off, if you're one of these people who thinks that I Saw the Devil or any Texas Chainsaw franchise movie is disturbing, then stay away from this movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dan Bergevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Streaming for free under "Manic"
If you want to watch this movie for free look up "Manic" With Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Don Cheadle and you'll get "Maniac" with Elijah Wood. Read more
Published 1 month ago by GeekChic
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the sum of its parts.
This remake of MANIAC has solid production values, a heavy mood, an outstanding musical score, and some riotous gore affects, but in the end I just didn't like it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eddie Bringer
4.0 out of 5 stars Most Disturbing and Unique Film I've Ever Seen
I can certainly appreciate the creativity that went into how this film was made with the first person perspective. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Magpie
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