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Does Maniac remake have something to offer?

Maniac.jpgI have to admit I haven't seen the original Maniac and I have no desire too, the film doesn't sound like it has a lot to offer over the usual slasher film fare, but I wonder if the remake does.

The first trailer for Maniac, the remake title, shows us that it definitely has a firm thrust in the slasher genre, but at the same time there's a hint that it really could look into the mind of the serial killer the film will follow.

What's more is that there's a surprising choice for the lead, none other than Elijah Wood.

Mind you it's not his first killer role, remember who he played in Sin City (Filmstalker review) and he's had tougher roles than the ones that you might ascribe to his name straight away. I think that he could carry this role well and that he could scare the pants off the audience quite easily, convincing us he's a psychopathic killer without a lot of apparent effort.

The remake Maniac is directed by the writer and director of P2 Franck Khalfoun and is written by Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur and C.A. Rosenberg, and I've noticed that America Olivo is co-starring whom I remember from Bitch Slap (Filmstalker review), wow.

Here's the blurb for the film:

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Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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.

That comes, along with the trailer, through Quiet Earth, and here is the Maniac trailer:

Well? Could you buy it?




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Maniac is not a remake of Maniac Cop but of a movie called Maniac made in 1980 and directed by William Lustig who also directed Maniac Cop eight years later. Get your facts straight if your going to talk about movies, or at least watch older movies and get a clue.

I suppose over your eleven years of writing about and reviewing films on your site of over fourteen thousand personally written articles you've not made a mistake, hence why you're so attacking in your comment. I can understand that, tolerance of error is low when you never make them.

Personally I don't want to watch every low grade slasher film from the past, I'm happier watching quality films, but I don't need to have seen it to know I've made a mistake.

Many thanks for pointing it out so I could correct it, no thanks for being so aggressive about it in the process.

You'd figure with 11 years of writing, you'd have ironed out basic problems like grammar. The first sentence of your article is the wrong "too". I suspect that it is only the article's short length that is keeping your run-on, rambling sentences at bay. They're especially noticeable when they're placed next to another equally long sentence, that happens to contradict practically every thought you had in your first sentence.

I refer you to my previous answer. In over fourteen thousand personally written articles there are some mistakes. I'm sure if you sit and pick through other articles you can pick out more and spend more time criticising.

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