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Frightful October Horror Movie Picks – DAY 18

October 18, 2013

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“Maniac” (2012)

In 1980, American cult horror film about a disturbed and traumatized serial killer who scalps his victims was released. It garnered wide spread attention for it’s controversial story and was regarded as one of the most dangerous films every made. Fast track to 2012, we’re presented with a special kind of remake based on the cult hit, starring child actor-fame and everyone’s favorite Hobbit, Elijah Wood. Wood gives a spine-tingling, nuanced, performance as Frank Zito, an obsessive man with a taste for blood at every turn.

The film tells the story about Frank, as we the audience look through his vantage point for the entire 85 minute runtime, where he goes around the LA area following beautiful girls, murdering them, scalping there heads, and placing the pieces on his precious mannequins. If you’re familiar with the original, what I’ve basically described sounds similar to the original counterpart, yet this film takes necessarily liberties to differentiate itself from the original. The POV is the biggest one; we’re basically trapped inside the mind of a serial killer and it becomes extremely nerving throughout the film. The first murder alone will make you clench your blanket it in fear. This movie also becomes more of a character study piece than what the original intended to provide, making the payoff at the end grimly disturbing in the best possible way.

Directed by: Franck Khalfoun

Screenplay by: Alexandre Aja & Grégory Levasseur

Starring: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, Jan Broberg, and America Olivo

“Maniac” is now streaming on Netflix Instant

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