Elijah Wood as F*cked Up serial killer in the MANIAC remake!!

  • HorrorHound

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    Jul 09, 2012 9:57 PM GMT
    Here's the "Canne's Film Festival" trailer for the upcoming remake of the gory 1980 film, MANIAC.

    Elijah Wood is casted as the lead maniac, in what is different in this version is that practically the WHOLE film is POV (except for the reflections of himself in mirrors, etc).

    As a huge fan of the ultra-gory & seedy/sleazy NYC MANIAC classic from 1980 - I think this remake Will deliver. Sure, he's no big "Creepy, Fat & Greasy" Joe Spinell from the original - but I think this film will make its mark.

    The plot concerns a psycho young man, who's been repeatedly abused by his mother at a young age, is coming to terms w/ her death & runs a store of vintage mannequins. He slips into the night, meets girls who remind em of his mother & steals their scalps to add to his mannequins.

    I'll admit, Elijah Wood is NO Joe Spinell from the 1980 original - I think he'll pull off a good awkward & creepy Killer role.



    From the french directors of "HIGH TENSION" & the remake of "THE HILLS HAVE EYES"

    Trailer(s) to both the remake & original are below:





    The 1980 original trailer:

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    Jul 09, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    Well he played a creepy killer in Sin City so this shouldn't be a stretch.
    Although it will be interesting to see how much he can stretch his acting legs in this role if it all from his POV.

    Is it all his POV, or does it switch between multiple actors ala Peep Show?
  • Falconcc_24

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    Jul 09, 2012 10:31 PM GMT
    The remake actually looks better than the original. The orginal physically made me nauseous.
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    Jul 09, 2012 11:07 PM GMT
    Falconcc_24 saidThe remake actually looks better than the original. The orginal physically made me nauseous.


    As a huge fan of the 1980 original - id say the film DID EXACTLY what it was supposed to! icon_smile.gif

    So..thats a good thing icon_smile.gif

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    Jul 09, 2012 11:10 PM GMT
    Can't wait! He's an extraordinary actor! So damn cute too! icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif
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    Jul 10, 2012 12:23 AM GMT
    Very interesting! He plays creepy well. I'm sure he is on our side of the fence too. Seen and met him a few times.

    He's so little and cute too!
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    Jul 10, 2012 12:27 AM GMT
    from the trailer looks like Elijah does a good job of being creepy....looks like a crazy movie! should be a good one
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    Jul 10, 2012 2:48 AM GMT
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    I love this guy!!..And his last name is WOOD..Wonder if he's hung ??..icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 10, 2012 4:58 PM GMT
    I don't think I want to watch Elijah Wood play a serial killer. I'd rather watch Lord of the Rings again. icon_smile.gif

  • Aug 02, 2012 4:04 PM GMT
    HorrorHound said
    Falconcc_24 saidThe remake actually looks better than the original. The orginal physically made me nauseous.

    As a huge fan of the 1980 original - id say the film DID EXACTLY what it was supposed to! icon_smile.gif

    So..thats a good thing icon_smile.gif

    Didn't have that effect on me. I sat and didn't budge, searching for the artistic masterpiece I'd heard Slant Magazine call it, and wound up only being stunned that so many people think it's a good movie. What it is is predictable, pretentious, and maybe even pandering. When one kind of person tells you it's a movie about a sleazy fat guy who kills attractive women and another tells you it's a socio-politically relevant and serious film, you go into it paying very close attention because if you're the kind of horror fan I am- you don't want to understimate something (for example- it would have saved me so much time if I'd accepted from the first viewing that The Howling was a great movie and Tobe Hooper's Eaten Alive was as bad as people claimed). Meanwhile, the first people were right: the movie is just about a sleazy fat guy killing attractive women. Yet the movie also has zero that makes it visually interesting in the slightest. The "scares" are completely telegraphed. The acting is shit. The dialogue is so full of meaningless garbage. And the title character is a rip-off of Norman Bates from Psycho. Only, to pander to the audience's notion that fat people must also be gross, retarded, impotent, violent, sleazy, ignorant, psychotic loners.

    However, the music score by Jay Chattaway was excellent.

    Color me biased if you must because I've always found the enigmatic, charming, sexy psycho to be the more compelling and disturbing. Ala- American Psycho. Or that TV-movie about Ted Bundy, The Deliberate Stranger. And, of course, there's a great hybrid of the two that almost everyone can agree is superior - Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Might not have the trendiness factor of post-disco NYC in the 80's, but there's no contest which is the better film. And, if you're dead-set on ugly and unattractive, there's always Gunnar Hansen from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and everyone knows Maniac can't hold that film's jockstrap. I also thought 1972's Deranged (aka- Confessions of a Necrophile) was vastly superior. Let's see Spinnell out-eyeball Roberts Blossom. Not going to happen. (And, yes, I know Spinnell is dead.)
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    Aug 02, 2012 4:18 PM GMT
    Not Frodo!
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    Aug 02, 2012 4:19 PM GMT
    Well, he does play creepy well. I mean his role in the FX series Wilfred is both cute and creepy. In the series he is just one shot away from the looney bin.