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« on: June 21, 2013, 12:05:44 AM »

I've been watching the trailers for the upcoming movie Maniac, starring Elijah Wood, until the red band trailers came out a few days ago.  Now there is no way in heck that I'm watching this movie.

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I'll let you guys find the red band trailer yourself.  It looks highly, highly unpleasant.  Lots of scalpings in excruciating detail.  Ugh.

The directorial style is quite interesting, though.  It has been shot entirely from the first person viewpoint, so that you only see Elijah Wood's character in reflections in mirrors and windows.  The director, Franck Khalfoun, is reportedly pleased that one viewer passed out during a test screening.

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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2013, 01:38:38 AM »

I want to see this because I'm interested to see how similar/different they've played it compared to the original. I'm not a massive fan of the original but it is certainly 'original' - no pun intended - so at least there is potential for this to be more than your average token remake/rehash of an 80s slasher (I hope)

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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2013, 12:43:42 PM »

It's decent. Maniac is one of those films that seriously did not need a remake. However, Aja proved competent and gave us something of a somewhat freshness to it all. It's completely shot from the POV of Elijah, which makes for some good scenes. All in all it's worth a watch, but can't hold a candle to the original. The visceral psychology and anguish just isn't there.
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2013, 02:01:55 AM »

It could be good, I'll give it a chance!
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2013, 01:10:03 PM »

The original was horrible enough. Poor Joe must be spinning in his grave.

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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2013, 08:42:44 PM »

This shouldn't really be in the "Bad Movie"-Section. Never liked the original, but the remake was amazing.
One of the best remakes I have seen in years. Never thought Wood had that kinda role in him.

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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2013, 10:44:56 PM »

Never thought Wood had that kinda role in him.

I liked him as a bad guy in Sin City (2005). He should do more roles like that one.

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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2013, 12:17:45 AM »

well, opinions and all that, but I have to say I was disappointed with this remake. wasn't convinced by the lead guy at any point during the film, in fact I thought he was laughably mis-cast! Characters and dialogue were bland, whole thing came off as rather pompous imo. Oh well...
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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2013, 05:36:23 PM »

It was a decent remake with some nice nods to the original and other classic horror movies. The Goodbye Horses song, the scene in the parking area where Frank stands up and the camera pans to his reflection in the car holding the scalp resembling the original movie's poster, etc. were some good touches. The killer POV really made it uncomfortable as if you are attached at the waist with this maniac. Underrated IMO.
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