Nacho Vigalondo‘s first film, Timecrimes, was an exciting take on the time travel film. His next film, Extraterrestrial, put an apocalyptic spin on the romantic comedy. For his third go-around, he’s simultaneously tackling the thriller and found footage genres with Open Windows. It stars Elijah Wood as a man obsessed with an abducted actress (Sasha Grey), and how he goes about trying to find her. All the action is seen through the first-person view of his laptop. (It’s sort of the anti-Maniac, which is shot primarily from Wood’s character point of view.)

The principal photography for the film is either done or nearly so, and the writer/director gave an interview about it to a Spanish news show. During the appearance, he also showed some footage. We can’t understand much, but the brief snippets of footage and behind the scenes filming speak for themselves. Check it out below. Read More »

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Find out just how the new Maniac pulled off its violent intensity in a four-minute behind-the-scenes video. Also 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 »

Nacho Vigalondo got our attention with the time-travel thriller TimeCrimes, and followed that up with the slightly more tender Extraterrestrial. His next feature film, Open Windows, is now in production, and it has a strange premise: the real-time thriller is almost a “continuous chase” that features a twist on found footage, as it unfolds on the screen of a laptop as a man searches for an actress abducted by a mysterious villain.

As the key couple, Vigalondo has cast his Fantastic Fest karaoke partner Elijah Wood, and Sasha Grey (The Girlfriend Experience, and many other movies we, uh, didn’t cover) to play the object of Wood’s search in the film. Read More »

Here’s a big reveal: in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Elijah Wood looks almost just like he did in the Lord of the Rings films, which he headlined as Frodo Baggins. The seemingly ageless Wood turned out to be the perfect choice to play Frodo, not only because of the qualities he broughtt to the screen in Peter Jackson‘s first three film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work, but because a decade later he’s able to jump right back into the role of a slow-aging Hobbit.

A new batch of photos from Jackson’s first of three films adapting Tolkien’s early novel The Hobbit has hit, and one features the first good look at the return of Frodo. Check ‘em all out below. Read More »

Elijah Wood fans have lots to be happy about today. First up, he’s set to star in The Late Bloomer, the directorial debut of frequent Wilfred director Randall Einhorn, which tells the true story of a 30 year old man who goes through puberty in a matter of weeks. In addition, Wood has teamed up with Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller to form The Woodshed, an independent production label that’ll produce and distrubute genre films.

After the jump, read more about each project. Read More »

Briefly: Fans of horror and Elijah Wood have a bit of good news today as IFC Midnight has picked up the North American rights to Maniac, the first-person serial killer film directed by Franck Khalfoun. That means the film, a remake of the 1980 cult classic directed by William Lustig, will likely get a theatrical and VOD release sooner rather than later.

In the film, Wood plays the owner of a mannequin store who stalks and kills young women. The twist is that he tapes the encounters, and the movie is told through his camera. The audience only ever sees Wood in reflections. Maniac premiered at Cannes early this summer. Thanks to Deadline for the info. Head here for more on the film.

Here’s the full trailer for the remake of Maniac, which stars Elijah Wood as a very damaged guy who is very violently trying to come to terms with his troubled relationship with his mom.

We saw a not-quite-synced up trailer a week or so ago, and this is a full version of the same thing, with a full ending and, accordingly, a good dollop of extra horror. This one is definitely not safe for work due to nudity and a general atmosphere of ugliness. Read More »

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