A week ago we showed you the initial teaser for Frank Khalfoun & Alexander Aja’s forthcoming re-imagining of MANIAC (check that here) which gave us a very brief look at Elijah Wood’s take on Frank Zito and the unique POV camera style of the film. In true cease & desist fashion that teaser was yanked off the net like a scalp, but luckily a new & longer trailer has appeared giving us a much better idea of what the final product will be like – check it out and ready my comments below!
I love what I’m seeing here – the midnight L.A. setting gives off a grimy & cold atmosphere that looks to serve the overall tone. Casting Elijah Wood as the titular maniac is excellent and inspired with much creepiness exuded from the footage. Not to mention incredibly sleazy with the voyeuristic camera narrative that seems straight out of a snuff flick, complete with the trademark scalping! I for one am excitedly anticipating it’s release, which still hasn’t been set but should be announced after it’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
Synopsis: “Just when the streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and 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 Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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.
A 21st century Jack the Ripper set in present-day LA, MANIAC is a re-boot of the cult film considered by many to be the most suspenseful slasher movie ever made – an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiralling nightmare of a killer and his victims.”