Elijah Wood remains best known as sweet, brave Frodo from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, but the actor’s never shied away from tackling weirder roles. Just a couple of years after Return of the King hit theaters, he appeared as creepy, murderous Kevin in Sin City. Now, with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey still in theaters, we have a glimpse of his performance as another serial killer in Maniac. The first six minutes of the Franck Khalfoun-directed horror remake have just hit the web, and you can watch the video after the jump.

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Yesterday, when writing up Silent Night, I mentioned the new version of Maniac that has been doing festival rounds. In this remake of William Lustig’s super-creepy ’80s exploitation classic, Elijah Wood plays the title character, a photographer who has some very violent problems with women.

This version is set in LA, rather than NYC, but more crucially tells the story from Wood’s point of view. Footage we’ve seen in the past suggested that the movie doesn’t pull many punches, and this new red-band trailer hammers that point home. This is not in any way safe for work, or for people who don’t like scenes of messed-up violence tinged with sexual and familial frustration.  Read More »

It’s fun watching Daniel Radcliffe try out strange roles in the wake of Harry Potter’s finale. His latest is Horns, from director Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes), based on the book by Joe Hill. Radcliffe’s character is Ignatiaus “Ig” Perrish, accused of the rape and murder of his girlfriend.

That’s a bad situation to be in, and from there things get weird. Ig wakes up one morning with horns growing from his forehead, and soon leans that they’re part of a new ability: Ig can force people to do things, and plans to use that power to uncover the real killer of his love. Read More »

What would happen if you woke up after a big night of partying with a massive hangover, a dead girlfriend and two horns on your head? We’ll soon find out when Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill‘s, novel Horns is brought for the big screen by Piranha 3D director Alexandre Aja. Adapted by screenwriter Scott Bunin, the film is being set up at Mandate Pictures with hopes that Aja can direct it by summer 2012 before moving onto a sci-fi manga inspired film called Cobra. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Elijah Wood To Play A ‘Maniac’

Most people think of Elijah Wood as a sweet and noble character, both because he was the hero of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy but also because he began acting so young. Combining his younger roles with Frodo Baggins seemingly paints a picture of Wood’s wheelhouse however, on occasion, he goes the totally opposite way. A film like Sin City comes to mind.

That blood-curdling evil is what director Franck Khalfoun will surely looking for as he’s just cast Wood as the lead in his remake of the 1980 cult classic Maniac. The script was written by Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Piranha 3D) and Grégory Levasseur. Read More »

Earlier this year, word came down that Paramount was thinking of dipping back into the Stephen King oeuvre and remaking Pet Sematary, which was originally published in 1983 and made into a movie in 1989. Since then things have been quiet on the reanimated kids front, but now it seems that Alexandre Aja, a director who most recently had some fun with another animal-titled movie in Piranha 3D, could be taking the helm. Read more after the jump. Read More »

The once-proposed theatrical remake of David Cronenberg‘s Scanners is evidently turning into a TV show. The 1981 film most famous for its exploding head opening (and less famous for Stephen Lack’s toneless but oddly appropriate performance) has already spawned a couple of shoddy sequels. So this isn’t quite the unwelcome spin-off that, for instance, a sequel to Videodrome might be.

In fact, Scanners is the sort of story that could very easily support an extended TV narrative. It posits a society in which one company has developed a drug which, given to pregnant women, will bring out the psychic power inherent in their children. The powerful adult ‘scanners’ are broken into factions working with and against the company, which is enough of a beginning for a show. Get more details about the plan after the break.  Read More »

Piranha 3D didn’t make a huge splash at the box office this weekend — $10 million and the #6 place. But the money that was made is enough to ensure the film will recoup the film’s estimated $24 million budget. The film is likely to make at least $30 million theatrically, and a bunch more on DVD/Blu-ray/tv deals. That’s more than enough to have the Weinsteins talking about a sequel.
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