A 21st century Jack the Ripper set in the present day, Maniac is a reboot of the cult film considered by many to be the most suspenseful slasher movie ever made. Frank (Elijah Wood) is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates and the number of victims increases, it becomes clear that Frank is far more dangerous than he seems. With a pulsating electronic score by Rob, the film is an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiraling nightmare of a killer and his victims.
Franck Khalfoun’s forthcoming remake of Maniac was Mr. Disgusting’s favorite horror film of 2012. While, sadly, I haven’t seen it I was certainly digging on the snippets of the score (by “Rob”) that were released this morning. And just like that… the entire thing is now available! So if you were itching after the sample, you can head over to these iTunes or Amazon links and start jamming to it immediately.
In the film to be released soon by IFC Midnight, “Elijah 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.” You can watch the first 6 minutes here.