When IFC unveiled the artwork for the Maniac remake, everyone was in agreement about one thing… it sucked. Yep, it sucked pretty badly. But thankfully there’s now some reverse artwork to make up for it! Look for it in stores on October 15th.
From the Press Release:
A disturbed young man who gives the mannequins in his story some very lifelike touches is the monster at the center of the shocker of the year. Elijah Wood, in a role unlike any he has ever undertaken, stars in MANIAC, the new macabre masterpiece from the creator of the hit thrillers High Tension and The Hills Have Eyes. The film slashes its way onto Blu-ray and DVD from IFC Films on October 15, 2013, with SRPs, respectively, of $29.98 and $24.98.
In this 21st century Jack the Ripper story set in present-day Los Angeles, Frank (Elijah Wood, The Lord of the Rings) leads a deceptively peaceful life. To the outside world he’s a withdrawn and somewhat eccentric owner of a mannequin store. But his quiet façade masks an inner rage that forces him to brutally kill and scalp the women who get too close to him.
When a young artist named Anna (Nora Arnezeder, Safe House) appears one day at Frank’s shop and asks for his help with her new exhibition, Frank develops an obsession with her that threatens to completely destroy his already fragile psyche. Soon the streets become unsafe for any woman after dark as this newly awakened maniac begins to stalk and kill.
A remake of William Lustig and Joe Spinell’s 1980 cult classic of the same name, MANIAC was written by Aja Alexandre, the screenwriter of The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension, and Mirrors. The film is an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex, and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiraling nightmare of a killer and his victims.
Special features on the release will include:
Just when the streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and on the hunt. Frank (Elijah Wood) is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna (Nora Arnezeder) appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill. A 21st century Jack the Ripper set in present day L.A., Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac, produced by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Haute Tension) and composed by Rob of the band Phoenix, is a re-boot of the William Lustig cult film considered by many to be the most suspenseful slasher movie ever made – an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex, and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiraling nightmare of a killer and his victims.
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