We’ve gushed, and gushed, and gushed our profuse love for Alex Aja & Franck Khalfoun’s modern & experimental MANIAC remake for quite a while now. Today it streets onto Blu-ray & DVD (highly recommended, obviously), but Mondo has a nice little treat for those who prefer their terror on tape. A limited edition run of 500 VHS tapes (on black and randomly inserted purple!) will be made available on October 22nd!
In this 21st century Jack the Ripper story set in present-day Los Angeles, 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 To the outside world, he’s a withdrawn and somewhat eccentric owner of a mannequin store.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 and scalp the women who 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 remake of William Lustig and Joe Spinell’s 1980 cult classic of the same name, MANIAC, was written by Aja Alexandre, the screenwriter of The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension and Mirrors. The film is an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiraling nightmare of a killer and his victims.