Elijah Wood as a creepy believable psycho/serial killer? You Bet! Check out this 2013 film MANIAC (the remake of the 1980 film) . It's great! (trailer is inside)

  • HorrorHound

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    May 12, 2013 9:53 AM GMT
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    (trailer is below!)



    This is hands down one of the BEST remakes of the past decade. I really liked how they added the modern twist of Frank finding potential victims via dating sites/apps. As a horror remake, it did how it's supposed to be done: Stay true to the original source material yet make it your own.

    & the director did just that! One achieving thing about this remake is that the ENTIRE movie comes from Frank's POV. Through his eyes. You see what he sees. Only real glimpses you catch of Elijah's 'Frank' is in reflections, etc. It was a awesomely done touch! This film is beautifully shot & has a awesome pulsing synth score. Oh & adding the notorious song from SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, "Goodbye Horses", to one of the characters' ipod play-lists had me "LOL". Hehe

    I love this film not for the violence, but for the geekgasm due to the director's fusing two styles of cinema together that I'm a fan of: the euro/italian sexy "giallos" (stylish 60's-70's sexy pulp thrillers/slashers) && the american 70's "grind-house" .

    However the practical effects are top-notch.


    Check it out in June on VOD/MOD/etc.. I do recommend this one!


    PLOT:

    Frank (Wood) is one very deranged individual. Scarred by childhood experiences of his promiscuous mother and plagued by debilitating migraines, he is also regularly overwhelmed by a compulsion to stalk, kill, and scalp beautiful women. A mannequin restorer by trade, Frank uses these newly liberated scalps to adorn his props, who in his twisted psyche then become his permanent companions – female partners who will never leave or abuse him.

    All of this has the potential to change, however, with the arrival of Anna (Arnezeder), a French artist who wishes to use some of Frank’s impressive mannequins as part of her latest installation. As the two get to know each other, it seems that a potentially real relationship may be brewing for Frank – but is redemption actually a possibility for someone so deeply disturbed? If you’ve seen the original Maniac, then you already know the answer to that.


    The Official Red-Band Trailer (for the Cannes film festival)


    The "Critic Praise" trailer (different than the previous trailer!)


  • SkyMiles

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    May 12, 2013 7:55 PM GMT
    I'm not surprised! Wood was SUPER creepy in Sin City!!icon_exclaim.gif



    FRODO! How COULD you!!!? icon_redface.gif
  • HorrorHound

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    May 12, 2013 10:06 PM GMT
    Colbert_Nation saidI'm not surprised! Wood was SUPER creepy in Sin City!!icon_exclaim.gif



    FRODO! How COULD you!!!? icon_redface.gif


    Very true Colbert Nation, though in Sin City he was just merely getting his toes wet. In this new film, he REALLY plays a scary psycho!!
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    May 12, 2013 10:12 PM GMT
    elijah wood will always be frodo to me. cannot see him breaking out of the shadow of that role.

    know what, if eminem ever decides to let someone do a real biopic of his life, elijah wood should get the role. he JUST looks like eminem. i think he would do a hell of a job playing em in a movie.
  • btm7969

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    May 13, 2013 12:44 AM GMT
    creepy trailer's i'm so excited to see this when its released
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    May 13, 2013 12:56 AM GMT
    I watched this movie and the blood was a little too macabre for me. Not for the faint hearted
  • HottJoe

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    May 13, 2013 1:01 AM GMT
    Meh, sounds like the usual cliches they roll out in Criminal Minds. Blaming the promiscuous mother for male sexual violence??? Lol. If only she'd given her life to Jesus. It's all the woman's fault! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 13, 2013 1:05 AM GMT
    I can deal with gore fine, but I don't do torture-porn movies. I'll pass haha
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    May 13, 2013 3:16 AM GMT
    zd394 saidI can deal with gore fine, but I don't do torture-porn movies. I'll pass haha


    Yes, it's brutal but it's NOT in the same class as "torture-porn" as Hostel/Saw/Human Centipede/etc etc.

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    May 13, 2013 3:19 AM GMT
    HottJoe saidMeh, sounds like the usual cliches they roll out in Criminal Minds. Blaming the promiscuous mother for male sexual violence??? Lol. If only she'd given her life to Jesus. It's all the woman's fault! icon_rolleyes.gif


    Gladly this is nothing like Criminal Minds. Also, ths is a remake of the original source material from the 1979 film that was pretty much a late 70's take on PSYCHO. So yes they kept the mother angle, however this film doesn't need some 'new' twist to make it great.
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    May 13, 2013 3:22 AM GMT
    Hmm...seems like the burden of carrying the ring all the way to Mordor finally turned him into a maniac! ;)
  • HorrorHound

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    May 13, 2013 3:27 AM GMT
    zd394 saidI can deal with gore fine, but I don't do torture-porn movies. I'll pass haha



    I could handle this film, & I can't handle "torture-porn" films. I am not a fan of 'em. That includes Hostel, SAW, Human Centipede, etc. Not a fan of em. That's bottom barrel horror filmmaking imo.
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    May 13, 2013 3:27 AM GMT
    for me Elijah Wood is synonymous to Frodo Baggins..
    although i'm looking forward to seeing him in this film..it looks exciting
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    May 13, 2013 3:32 AM GMT
    I love this film not for the violence, but for the geekasm due to the director's fusing two styles of cinema together that I'm a fan of: the euro/italian sexy "giallos" (stylish 60's-70's sexy pulp thrillers/slashers) && the american 70's "grind-house" .

    However the practical effects are top-notch.
  • HottJoe

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    May 13, 2013 3:36 AM GMT
    HorrorHound said
    HottJoe saidMeh, sounds like the usual cliches they roll out in Criminal Minds. Blaming the promiscuous mother for male sexual violence??? Lol. If only she'd given her life to Jesus. It's all the woman's fault! icon_rolleyes.gif


    Gladly this is nothing like Criminal Minds. Also, ths is a remake of the original source material from the 1979 film that was pretty much a late 70's take on PSYCHO. So yes they kept the mother angle, however this film doesn't need some 'new' twist to make it great.


    This is off the subject, but have you ever read Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates? That book opened my eyes on how to portray a realistic serial killer in my fiction. It's better than any movie, imho. It's more realistic and there are no horror gimmicks. The killer is gay, and it's told from his psychotic perspective. Dennis Cooper also has some interesting work....
  • HorrorHound

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    May 13, 2013 3:44 AM GMT
    HottJoe said
    HorrorHound said
    HottJoe saidMeh, sounds like the usual cliches they roll out in Criminal Minds. Blaming the promiscuous mother for male sexual violence??? Lol. If only she'd given her life to Jesus. It's all the woman's fault! icon_rolleyes.gif


    Gladly this is nothing like Criminal Minds. Also, ths is a remake of the original source material from the 1979 film that was pretty much a late 70's take on PSYCHO. So yes they kept the mother angle, however this film doesn't need some 'new' twist to make it great.


    This is off the subject, but have you ever read Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates? That book opened my eyes on how to portray a realistic serial killer in my fiction. It's better than any movie, imho. It's more realistic and there are no horror gimmicks. The killer is gay, and it's told from his psychotic perspective. Dennis Cooper also has some interesting work....


    Naw I had never heard of it! Reading reviews on Amazon & I'm intrigued. Looks like its based on the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer.
  • HottJoe

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    May 13, 2013 3:57 AM GMT
    HorrorHound said
    HottJoe said
    HorrorHound said
    HottJoe saidMeh, sounds like the usual cliches they roll out in Criminal Minds. Blaming the promiscuous mother for male sexual violence??? Lol. If only she'd given her life to Jesus. It's all the woman's fault! icon_rolleyes.gif


    Gladly this is nothing like Criminal Minds. Also, ths is a remake of the original source material from the 1979 film that was pretty much a late 70's take on PSYCHO. So yes they kept the mother angle, however this film doesn't need some 'new' twist to make it great.


    This is off the subject, but have you ever read Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates? That book opened my eyes on how to portray a realistic serial killer in my fiction. It's better than any movie, imho. It's more realistic and there are no horror gimmicks. The killer is gay, and it's told from his psychotic perspective. Dennis Cooper also has some interesting work....


    Naw I had never heard of it! Reading reviews on Amazon & I'm intrigued. Looks like its based on the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer.


    It's not based on Jeffrey Dahmer.... Part of what makes it stand out is that it's written by one of the one most respected authors of our time. She's not a horror writer, but tackles the subject with unflinching candor and does a great job of showing a menace to society without ever trying to appeal to a base audience. It's not a sexy book, though the caliber of her writing is enticing in and of itself.
  • HorrorHound

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    May 13, 2013 4:00 AM GMT
    HottJoe said
    HorrorHound said
    HottJoe said
    HorrorHound said
    HottJoe saidMeh, sounds like the usual cliches they roll out in Criminal Minds. Blaming the promiscuous mother for male sexual violence??? Lol. If only she'd given her life to Jesus. It's all the woman's fault! icon_rolleyes.gif


    Gladly this is nothing like Criminal Minds. Also, ths is a remake of the original source material from the 1979 film that was pretty much a late 70's take on PSYCHO. So yes they kept the mother angle, however this film doesn't need some 'new' twist to make it great.


    This is off the subject, but have you ever read Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates? That book opened my eyes on how to portray a realistic serial killer in my fiction. It's better than any movie, imho. It's more realistic and there are no horror gimmicks. The killer is gay, and it's told from his psychotic perspective. Dennis Cooper also has some interesting work....


    Naw I had never heard of it! Reading reviews on Amazon & I'm intrigued. Looks like its based on the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer.


    It's not based on Jeffrey Dahmer.... Part of what makes it stand out is that it's written by one of the one most respected authors of our time. She's not a horror writer, but tackles the subject with unflinching candor and does a great job of showing a menace to society without ever trying to appeal to a base audience. It's not a sexy book, though the caliber of her writing is enticing in and of itself.


    I didn't mean that as derivative or negative. Just meant the whole gay serial killer who zombifies his victims w/ labotomies, etc...

    Not 'based-on' , but inspired by is what I originally meant.
  • HottJoe

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    May 13, 2013 4:09 AM GMT
    HorrorHound said
    HottJoe said
    HorrorHound said
    HottJoe said
    HorrorHound said
    HottJoe saidMeh, sounds like the usual cliches they roll out in Criminal Minds. Blaming the promiscuous mother for male sexual violence??? Lol. If only she'd given her life to Jesus. It's all the woman's fault! icon_rolleyes.gif


    Gladly this is nothing like Criminal Minds. Also, ths is a remake of the original source material from the 1979 film that was pretty much a late 70's take on PSYCHO. So yes they kept the mother angle, however this film doesn't need some 'new' twist to make it great.


    This is off the subject, but have you ever read Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates? That book opened my eyes on how to portray a realistic serial killer in my fiction. It's better than any movie, imho. It's more realistic and there are no horror gimmicks. The killer is gay, and it's told from his psychotic perspective. Dennis Cooper also has some interesting work....


    Naw I had never heard of it! Reading reviews on Amazon & I'm intrigued. Looks like its based on the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer.


    It's not based on Jeffrey Dahmer.... Part of what makes it stand out is that it's written by one of the one most respected authors of our time. She's not a horror writer, but tackles the subject with unflinching candor and does a great job of showing a menace to society without ever trying to appeal to a base audience. It's not a sexy book, though the caliber of her writing is enticing in and of itself.


    I didn't mean that as derivative or negative. Just meant the whole gay serial killer who zombifies his victims w/ labotomies, etc...


    Oh I didn't think you were being negative! Jeffrey Dahmer is synonymous with gay serial killers. I can see why people would think the book is about him.
  • HorrorHound

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    May 13, 2013 4:13 AM GMT
    HottJoe said
    HorrorHound said
    HottJoe said
    HorrorHound said
    HottJoe said
    HorrorHound said
    HottJoe saidMeh, sounds like the usual cliches they roll out in Criminal Minds. Blaming the promiscuous mother for male sexual violence??? Lol. If only she'd given her life to Jesus. It's all the woman's fault! icon_rolleyes.gif


    Gladly this is nothing like Criminal Minds. Also, ths is a remake of the original source material from the 1979 film that was pretty much a late 70's take on PSYCHO. So yes they kept the mother angle, however this film doesn't need some 'new' twist to make it great.


    This is off the subject, but have you ever read Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates? That book opened my eyes on how to portray a realistic serial killer in my fiction. It's better than any movie, imho. It's more realistic and there are no horror gimmicks. The killer is gay, and it's told from his psychotic perspective. Dennis Cooper also has some interesting work....


    Naw I had never heard of it! Reading reviews on Amazon & I'm intrigued. Looks like its based on the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer.


    It's not based on Jeffrey Dahmer.... Part of what makes it stand out is that it's written by one of the one most respected authors of our time. She's not a horror writer, but tackles the subject with unflinching candor and does a great job of showing a menace to society without ever trying to appeal to a base audience. It's not a sexy book, though the caliber of her writing is enticing in and of itself.


    I didn't mean that as derivative or negative. Just meant the whole gay serial killer who zombifies his victims w/ labotomies, etc...


    Oh I didn't think you were being negative! Jeffrey Dahmer is synonymous with gay serial killers. I can see why people would think the book is about him.


    Oh i meant more due to the labotizing victims which Dahmer was known for. Does that happen in the novel or did i read that review incorrectly. Haha
  • HottJoe

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    May 13, 2013 4:26 AM GMT
    HorrorHound said
    HottJoe said
    HorrorHound said
    HottJoe said
    HorrorHound said
    HottJoe said
    HorrorHound said
    HottJoe saidMeh, sounds like the usual cliches they roll out in Criminal Minds. Blaming the promiscuous mother for male sexual violence??? Lol. If only she'd given her life to Jesus. It's all the woman's fault! icon_rolleyes.gif


    Gladly this is nothing like Criminal Minds. Also, ths is a remake of the original source material from the 1979 film that was pretty much a late 70's take on PSYCHO. So yes they kept the mother angle, however this film doesn't need some 'new' twist to make it great.


    This is off the subject, but have you ever read Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates? That book opened my eyes on how to portray a realistic serial killer in my fiction. It's better than any movie, imho. It's more realistic and there are no horror gimmicks. The killer is gay, and it's told from his psychotic perspective. Dennis Cooper also has some interesting work....


    Naw I had never heard of it! Reading reviews on Amazon & I'm intrigued. Looks like its based on the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer.


    It's not based on Jeffrey Dahmer.... Part of what makes it stand out is that it's written by one of the one most respected authors of our time. She's not a horror writer, but tackles the subject with unflinching candor and does a great job of showing a menace to society without ever trying to appeal to a base audience. It's not a sexy book, though the caliber of her writing is enticing in and of itself.


    I didn't mean that as derivative or negative. Just meant the whole gay serial killer who zombifies his victims w/ labotomies, etc...


    Oh I didn't think you were being negative! Jeffrey Dahmer is synonymous with gay serial killers. I can see why people would think the book is about him.


    Oh i meant more due to the labotizing victims which Dahmer was known for. Does that happen in the novel or did i read that review incorrectly. Haha


    He has a fantasy of possessing someone who will be a mindless zombie he can rape, but I don't think anyone ever survives his attempts at performing a lobotomy. Most of the story is about him plotting to abduct a teenage boy and what happens as a result. It's definitely discomforting subject matter, but it seems to capture how these guys really operate, sans hockey mask and zombie resurrections.