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Though there have been multiple trailers released for Franck Khalfoun‘s remake of Maniac, and we’ve even seen the first few minutes of the movie, this marks the first time the official US release gets some love.

On June 21 IFC Midnight will release the film, which stars Elijah Wood as a deranged killer whose point of view makes up most of the movie. They’ve now released a trailer and brand new poster. Check them out below. Read More »

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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 »

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 »

William Lustig’s Maniac, released in 1980, is not a nice movie. It is an exploitation classic; a weird, super-creepy story of a very damaged man (originally played by Joe Spinell) who kills women as a way to articulate rage towards his deceased mother. It is dirty but effective, and

A Maniac remake shot recently with Elijah Wood in the lead role, and it doesn’t look like a nice movie, either. In fact, this version from director Franck Khalfoun (P2, Wrong Turn at Tahoe) and writers Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur & C.A. Rosenberg looks dirty and ugly in just the way you’d expect a film called Maniac to be.

The film is selling in Cannes now, and a sales teaser trailer has shown up online. This one is definitely not safe for work, thanks in part to nudity, but more for violence and general creepiness. One shot of a victim of Wood’s character towards the end of the teaser is really queasy. Read More »

If this collection of remake news bits is anything to go by, the ’70s and ’80s are back in full force. After the jump, the new Carrie dishes about Kimberly Peirce’s update, Ally Sheedy gets news of a WarGames remake, and Elijah Wood’s turn as a Maniac heads to Cannes.

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