Maniac

altRelease Date: June 21, 2013 (limited theatrical, VOD)
Studio: IFC Midnight
Director: Franck Khalfoun
Screenwriter: Alexandre Aja, Gregory Levasseur, C.A. Roseberg
Starring: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, Liane Balaban, American Olivo, Morgane Slemp, Sal Landi, Genevieve Alexandra
MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated

Frank, a man – haunted by seedy memories of his promiscuous mother – 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.

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Mondo is Releasing the Maniac Remake on VHS
Maniac, the remake starring Elijah Wood and directed by Franck Khalfoun, is getting a collectible VHS on October 22nd through Mondo Video. A total of 500 copies of this limited edition will be available in a clamshell case with a randomly inserted purple cassette. In this 21st century Jack the Ripper story set in present-day Los Angeles, Frank 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 To the outside world, he’s a withdrawn and somewhat eccentric owner of a mannequin store.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.  Keep an eye on this spot for order details.
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Maniac Faces More Censorship Overseas
In addition to facing censorship issues in Japan, the Maniac remake is now being banned in New Zealand.  Of course, the mainstream press is latching onto the fact that this is significant considering Maniac star Elijah Wood starred as Frodo in The Lord of the Rings films…which were all shot in New Zealand. According to a press release issued today, the horror remake has been classified as objectionable “except if the availability of the publication is limited for the purpose of study in a tertiary media or film studies courier or screened as part of a film festival.”
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Learn More About Rob & the Making of the Maniac Soundtrack in This Featurette
Hands-down, one of my favorite soundtracks of the year – hell, it’ll likely be my favorite soundtrack of the year, period – is Maniac.  Now available on iTunes, the score comes courtesy of a man simply known as “Rob.”  In a new featurette, get to know Rob and learn how the soundtrack came about.  You can watch the video inside. Maniac, starring Elijah Wood, is directed by Franck Khalfoun.  You can find it on VOD, however, if you live in New York or Los Angeles, I suggest you check it out on the big screen.  For interviews with Khalfoun and Wood – click here.
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Shock Interview: Maniac’s Elijah Wood On Reinterpreting the Original, Screen Violence and More
When it was revealed Elijah Wood had been cast in the remake of Maniac, fans of the William Lustig-directed original scoffed at the notion.  After all, Wood was half the size of “original Maniac” Joe Spinnell and, to some, the actor – who starred in The Lord of the Rings trilogy – arguably, wasn’t as threatening.  Still, he was icy and eerily unhinged in Sin City.  Would he be able to pull it off?  Combined with Franck Khalfoun’s direction, the answer was ‘yes.’  Wood was able to make Maniac his own.  Even though he’s not seen on the screen the entire time, as the film is shot mostly in POV, Wood’s presence is always there. Shock Till You Drop spoke with the actor this week in anticipation of the remake’s Los Angeles theatrical debut (you can find it on VOD now) and found him very enthusiastic about the film.  Further, we discovered he’s well-versed in the nature of the genre business and opened up about screen violence, his character in Maniac and more.  Head inside for our discussion.
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Shock Interview: Franck Khalfoun, Director of Maniac
Now playing on VOD and in select theaters in New York is Maniac, the bloody, rabid and slick remake of William Lustig’s ’80s film that was spearheaded by writer/producers Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur.   The duo are, of course, best known for the French thriller High Tension but they also made a mark on the “American remake” scene with films like The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha.  With Maniac, they turned to a friendly face to direct: Franck Khalfoun, who had previously collaborated with the two on P2. Maniac finds Elijah Wood delivering an eerie turn as Frank, a man who owns a mannequin shop by day and stalks and kills women by night.  His habits are interrupted when he meets Anna (Nora Arnezeder), a young artist he falls for. After the jump, you’ll find our conversation with Khalfoun as he addresses the casting of Wood, the decision to shoot the film in POV, the atmosphere of the film and the dangers of “homage.”
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Watch an Awesome 20-Minute Behind-the-Scenes FX Video for Maniac
Maniac (review), the remake of the William Lustig film, is hitting VOD and select theaters in New York City today (next week, it opens in Los Angeles).  If you’re a horror fan and have not seen this excellent redo, you should. And if you have seen it, well, we’ve got a tasty, bloody treat to share with you. Crave Online has just posted a 20-minute making-of video called “Blood and Gore” and it features a look at the gore gags (expect spoilers), interview with star Elijah Wood, director Franck Khalfoun, writer/producer Alex Aja and FX artist Mike McCarty.  Head inside and give it a spin!
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Japan Butchers Elijah Wood’s Maniac So Teens Can See It
Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac remake is suffering some unkind censorship in Japan where the film has already received a theatrical release. A Shock Till You Drop reader dropped us a line from overseas directing us to a blog post he penned which is generating some buzz in Japan.  It appears the censorship board there has sunk its mitts into Maniac, altering the picture at times around the scenes of graphic violence.
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