The Cinefamily in Los Angeles held a special screening of the Maniac remake last night at the Silent Movie Theater, attracting a large crowd and some of the film's cast and crew including director Franck Khalfoun and star Elijah Wood.
Directed by Khalfoun (P2) and written by Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur, the film is a redo of William Lustig's sweaty, sleazy 1980s film and we're happy to report the updated version retains a certain lurid nature, is very violent and is made fresh by an aesthetic choice that proved to be challenging on both a narrative and technical level for the filmmakers and cast: Much of the film is done from the killer's POV.
Wood plays Frank, a man - haunted by seedy memories of his promiscuous mother - who works in a mannequin shop by day and stalks 'n kills women by night. Things take a turn in his life when he meets a beautiful photographer (Nora Arnezeder). Filled with stabbing, scalping, heavy breathing, a wild-eyed Elijah Wood and a killer '80s-esque score, Maniac should sate the appetite of those looking for a hard slasher film.
ShockTillYouDrop.com stuck around for the post-screening for the Q&A; here are some highlights.