Shia Lebeouf's disturbing short horror film MANIAC starring Kid Cuddi

  • HorrorHound

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    Nov 01, 2011 9:55 PM GMT
    Shia Lebeouf (star of TRANSFORMERS films & DISTURBIA) has proven he's a twisted lil' monkey in his head & has the short films to prove it!

    Recently short films of his have been debuting - the main one being the Marilyn Manson video/short for MM's upcoming album BORN VILLAIN, as well as this brand new short that is reminiscent of HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER & MAN BITES DOG.

    Basically about two bored Serial "thrill" Killers who have a documentary crew following & recording their every assault on the public.

    Its disturbing stuff - but if Shia has this vision in him - for the LOVE OF GOD, someone in Hollywood give him the greenlight to do a Horror film! icon_neutral.gif


  • Mepark

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    Nov 02, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    I wouldn't call that a horror film. But it was surprisingly very good. Filmed in Downtown Detroit icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 02, 2011 1:05 AM GMT
    Quentin Taratino-esque.
  • Montague

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    Nov 02, 2011 1:10 AM GMT
    Everything the Cudi touches turns to pure win.
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    Nov 02, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
    Labeouf real talented.
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    Nov 02, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
    I can't help being disturbed but it was totally epic.
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    Nov 02, 2011 2:54 AM GMT
    Wow...That is some piece of work.....
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    Nov 02, 2011 3:06 AM GMT
    How...pointless.
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    Nov 02, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    It was fun to watch and very disturbing. He probably will do a good job behind the camera.
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    Nov 02, 2011 3:25 AM GMT
    Is it wrong that that kinda turned me on? It would have been hotter if they had sex rolling around in the blood of a fresh kill. icon_razz.gif


    edit: I'm a little disappointed that Shia didn't "go there" and have Cuddi kill the kids on the playground. But I guess it was a nice juxtaposition against the rest of the mayhem.
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    Nov 02, 2011 3:31 AM GMT
    Hardly Tarantino-esque...just my opinion.
  • scottm9

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    Nov 02, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    Impressive short film by Shia. And Cudi is always awesome
  • BlueKoolAid

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    Nov 02, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    That was SICK!!! I would watch a full movie of that

    and YAY for Michigan!!! lol
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    Nov 02, 2011 3:59 AM GMT
    I don't really care for the short film.

    Formally speaking, the film is well composed (except I don't like the CGI blood splatters--it detracts from the realism of films). Other than that the it is quite aimless. It doesn't imply any kind of commentary on surveillance as entertainment (unless the death of the cameramen serves as this commentary I'm searching for) nor does it satirizes the hyper-reality that we live in.

    "Maniac" is pretty to look at, I suppose; that's about it.
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    Nov 02, 2011 4:00 AM GMT
    whatchu say 'bout mah man?


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  • HorrorHound

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    Nov 02, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    Yeah I hear ya'll. I'm NOT toting this around like its "mind blowing greatness" - but the random thrill-killer always causes me unease, & not to mention disturbs me. The mercilessness of it. Add the videotaping (ie Man Bites Dog, The Last Horror Film) of it, & its just unnerving.

    My whole point was - who knew lil' Shia would have something like this come from his mind.
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    Nov 02, 2011 9:22 AM GMT
    Does art express culture? Does culture imitate art? Beware what you place on your pedestals. This is some sick shit.
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    Nov 02, 2011 10:31 AM GMT
    Great direction, but that doesn't mean much when the viewer can't get beyond the overcooked cinematography style and piss poor plot. It's the ultimate in lazy and cheap. Unfortunately, the young ones have been raised on poor CGI and terrible "horror" like Saw and Scream, so they watch garbage like this and think it's golden. In my opinion, it isn't. It's definitely a reflection of today's American culture, but it isn't groundbreaking and it isn't the type of entertainment that I enjoy.

    I understand that I'm in the minority here.
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    Nov 02, 2011 3:55 PM GMT
    The_Guerrilla_Sodomite saidIs it wrong that that kinda turned me on? It would have been hotter if they had sex rolling around in the blood of a fresh kill. icon_razz.gif


    edit: I'm a little disappointed that Shia didn't "go there" and have Cuddi kill the kids on the playground. But I guess it was a nice juxtaposition against the rest of the mayhem.


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    Nov 02, 2011 4:12 PM GMT
    credo saidGreat direction, but that doesn't mean much when the viewer can't get beyond the overcooked cinematography style and piss poor plot. It's the ultimate in lazy and cheap. Unfortunately, the young ones have been raised on poor CGI and terrible "horror" like Saw and Scream, so they watch garbage like this and think it's golden. In my opinion, it isn't. It's definitely a reflection of today's American culture, but it isn't groundbreaking and it isn't the type of entertainment that I enjoy.

    I understand that I'm in the minority here.


    Uhh, Scream (1996) is good: it revitalized the horror genre. And unlike "Maniac", Scream actually delivers some kind of societal and cinematic commentary. I'm not touting that the sequels are as great as the first, but the original deserves some recognition.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Nov 02, 2011 4:21 PM GMT
    Pointless. Okay, so Shia has a disturbing imagination. NEXT! icon_rolleyes.gif