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..Cut to the present and this god-awful remake.Poor Joe Spinell must be turning over in his grave this re-make is so bad..Elijah Wood is about as scary as a field mouse..Comparing Spinell and Wood in the title role of the maniac is like comparing night and day...Yes,the blood and gore levels are higher in this film but a lot of blood and gore does not a classic make..In this case it seems out of place in that even as we follow the storyline it is hard to imagine the Wood character doing these things..Where Spinell was both creepy and frightening Wood is neither..It is as if the whole film plotline is a joke in that the maniac as played by Wood would not be doing such terrible things...
Skip this drek and view,or buy the original...
that was showing this film, and only at night.
I had heard a lot of talk that it was like nothing ever seen.
Early in the film, Frank (Joe Spinell), who's character we don’t know yet, stalks a young couple leaving a club and
follows them in his car to a secluded park in New York.
Out of the blue, and totally unexpected, Frank, with shotgun in hand, jumps on the couple’s parked car hood and
blows the guy's (played by Savini) head off in slow motion.
I nearly fell out of my seat, and my blood pressure flew off the scale.
I was expecting ( like every other film I had seen) them to quickly cut just before the blast, but no, you see it up close,
in slow motion, with very graphic realism.
After dispatching the guy, Frank levels the shotgun at the blood splattered girl, and I was now expecting to see another
head explode, but this time, they cut.
With that introduction to the film, I knew I was in for a real ride. This film meant business, and anything can happen, which
kept my anticipation up high through the whole movie.
Now, on to this modern remake.
This effort pales compared with the original.
It's to "clean", lacks the grainy, gritty grunge, it's over-written, over-produced, and a bit to stylish.
Elijah Wood is horribly mis-cast as Frank. He is small, skinny, and fragile looking. I understand what the director had in mind
when casting Wood because I read his interviews. He was looking for a sort of, reverse psychology.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully shot, interesting composition and innovative style, this film entertains on several levels but especially in the vein of a psychological study.Published 1 month ago by Joseph Argenio
Finally I got to see Maniac (2012) and what a piece of art it is. Such a beautiful looking film and what an inspired choice to put Elijah Wood in as Frank. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adamo
My sister got this and loved the movie. Its rated for a reason by the way. DVD came unharmed and quick shipping.Published 7 months ago by rhiannon roth
Don't get me wrong! I like when movies are trying to give us something different but I don't think that it worked on this one. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Francisco Cortes
Now this is an example of a remake done right, keeps some of the spirit of the original but changes things enough that it stands on its own. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Darkness
I liked it. Wood played the character well. Thought it was well acted all around. He is a really messed up dude. Beyond messed up. Disturbing. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Proxy