International ‘Maniac’ Trailer Scalps, Ties And Slashes!! NSFW

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IFC Midnight will be releasing director Franck Khalfoun’s thriller Maniac, at some point next year (no exact word on when, though). Written by Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur, Maniac is a reboot of director William Lustig’s 1980 cult pic of the same name. The film stars Elijah Wood as a serial killer and I was already pretty stoked to see this based on the trailer, and word-of-mouth from a recent LA screening has been amazing which has me even more amped. And this new trailer, via the Film Stage, backs that up.

In fact, Brad (Mr. Disgusting), loved it too ( review here), and gave it our second ever editor’s choice badge. In the film,”Wood plays the role of a serial killer who works at a shop that sells antique mannequins. He finds victims on the Internet and stalks them like prey, all the while suffering from hallucinations that throw him back into the past, when he was abused by his own mother. In his twisted mind, he gains a measure of revenge against his mother with each kill.

Head inside for the trailer!

Source: The Film Stage
  • Krug09

    OMG this seems good. The theme reminds me of Candyman.

  • Canucklehead

    Said it here before and I will say it again, aside from Savini’s work the original had nothing to say or offer and I see no reason to think anything else aboot this version.

  • Zombie-Killa

    Whoa. I take back all my negative Frodo comments about Elijah. He’s genuinely creepy and twisted in this trailer.

  • Aaron Emery

    Holy shit! I cannot wait to see this! And anyone who has seen Sin City should know Elijah Wood can pull off crazy really well. As gory as this is it kinda looks like it has the classy style of something like American Psycho.

    • Zombie-Killa

      Ugh, how could I forgot about Sin City! The deadly cannibal stuff was genuinely disturbing, and Kevin still smiled, after Marv forced the dog to eat him alive! Really sick stuff.

      • Aaron Emery

        Agh, that smile!

    • Melissa

      This is one of those few remakes that I have been excited about since it was first announced Elijah would play Frank because how crazy Elijah is in Sin City! Joe Spinell did a wonderful job in the original by making Frank have that real dirty feel with ultimate crazy.

    • DisturbedPixie

      More so than Sin City, Wilfred got me geared up for Wood playing unbalanced people. I love hoe he comes off as so sweet and innocent one second, and the next he comes off as someone who is ungrounded and unpredictable. I think that range will bring a lot to this movie.

      • Aaron Emery

        Wilfred!

  • Remember-Slithis

    Looks great!Can’t wait too see it!

  • Ravinus

    I can’t wait to see how Aja pulls off the Savini head explosion.

  • xAshleyMariex

    This looks amazing but surprisingly i haven’t seen the original yet so i MUST see the original before watching this.

  • MachetAY

    Looks friggin awesome… but I keep waiting for Wilfred.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    Intense.

  • diapers

    I stand corrected. As a maniacal fan of the original Maniac, and a steadfast detractor of the new version… after seeing this trailer, I cannot wait to see this film.

  • KeepDoubting

    Goddamn this looks good.

  • Aussiehorrorbuff

    This mvie is awesome! Horror buffs will love it but normal movie goers maybe not so much. This is classic slasher horror gore fun set with a modern twist. There is no remake of the head explosion, its not a frame for frame remake but does have the same theme and storyline. However there is new gore to totally blow your mind and its extreme and intense. Best horror of the year so far!

  • rgold

    This looks really well done and I’m excited to see it. While I know from seeing “Sin City,” that Wood can pull off creepy, I still have a hard time picturing anyone being scared enough of him to run away in terror even if he is welding a straight razor. He is a talented actor tho and I quite admire the fact that he would take on this role.

  • anthonyd1

    holy shit this looks fucked up. cannot wait

  • Kitten-of-the-Corn

    I’m really excited for this movie, plus Elijah Wood is the ‘king’ of New Zealand :L respectively.