Whew, it’s seemed like an eternity, but IFC Midnight will finally deliver their MANIAC remake unto the masses June 21st. But, just to tease you a little bit more they’ve released the “official” (and presumably final) one-sheet before it’s limited theatrical & VOD. And if it seems a bit familiar, well, you’re not alone. See below for what I mean.
Yep, someone in the marketing department is a fan of Nicolas Winding Refn’s neon-noir DRIVE! Jokes aside, MANIAC and DRIVE would actually make for one hell of a double feature. Both feature gratuitous murder, pulsating 80s electronica, and psychotic but loving leading men!
Synopsis: Just when the streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and on the hunt. Frank (Elijah Wood) is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna (Nora Arnezeder) appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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 L.A., Franck Khalfoun’s MANIAC, produced by Alexandre Aja (THE HILLS HAVE EYES, HAUTE TENSION), and composed by Rob of the band “Phoenix”, is a re-boot of the William Lustig 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 spiraling nightmare of a killer and his victims.