Maniac

France/USA / 2012 / 89 mins / English
Horror

ManiacOne Screening Only
Date: Friday September 27th, 2013
Time: 12:00 Midnight
The Broadway Theatre
$10 (Admittance restricted to persons over 18)
Film contains sequences of Graphic Violence, Nudity, Foul Language and Alcohol Consumption
Certifications:  Germany:18 (uncut) (theatrical release) / France:16 / UK:18 / Ireland:18 / South Korea:18 / Germany:18 (cut) (DVD release) / Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (uncut) (DVD release) / Japan:R15+ / USA:Not Rated / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:(Banned) (2013) / Australia:R (2013)

Director: Franck Khalfoun
Screenplay: Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur
Cast: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, Megan Duffy, America Olivo
Producer(s): Alexandre Aja, Thomas Langmann and William Lustig
Company: Mongrel Media

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Synopsis

A 21st century Jack the Ripper set in present-day L.A., Maniac is a re-boot of the cult film considered by many to be the most suspenseful horror movie ever made.

Shy and withdrawn, Frank (Elijah Wood) keeps to himself, determined to keep his terrifying homicidal thoughts from becoming a brutal reality. His life changes when he meets a young artist who asks him for help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops, his obsession escalates and it becomes clear that long-repressed compulsions are on the brink of being unleashed.

Intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific, this is a downward spiraling nightmare into the mind of a killer that you’ll never forget.

Awards

  • Nominated Gold Hugo at Chicago International Film Festival
  • Nominated Narcisse Award at Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival

Buzz

“For some, Maniac will be disorienting and sickening; for others, it will be a deliciously twisted experience.” Screen Rant

Maniac is not an easy watch or something that I would be quick to recommend. It’s beautifully made but brutal and on more than one occasion I looked away from the screen, never mind the feeling of unease that sat with me for a day or two after seeing it…” Quiet Earth

“Ultimately though, whether intentionally or not, Maniac’s relentless first-person slaughter did a far more brutal, effective job of forcing me to question my own fascination with violence than all of the meta-layers of Cabin in the Woods or the audience-lecturing in Funny Games.” – Twitch Film

Programmer’s Opinion

How do you take a 1980 slasher flick known best known for being mysoginistic, staring porn stars and being extremely violent? You bring in Alexandre Aja, one of the more interesting horror directors, you cast against type by having the movie star Elijah Wood, best known as Frodo from the Lord of the Ring movies and then you film the majority of the movie in first person. While Aja keeps all the violence and gore of the original movie in place Wood creates a very compelling character who is deeply disturbed. You will be repulsed by the character of Frank and what he is does but you will not be able to turn away from his insanity. MANIAC is not for the squeamish. Of all the movies programmed for this year’s festival, it was the easiest to find a time slot for. MANIAC is a true midnight movie for audiences who want to challenge themselves with a look into madness. – John Allison

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