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Maniac [Blu-ray] [Import]

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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is so Gross. You Are Bloody Warned. Jan. 14 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
"Now this is what you call Hard-Core Horror"oh and I would take your scalp"I don't think I've seen a movie
that's more brutal in it's depiction of killing,Elijah Wood in this movie is one creepy dude,that he played so well,
I warned you not to go out tonight,seems he didn't like the way his mother was living her life.I will leave it there.
"Maniac is truly what it is.
Runtime 89 Minutes.
5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.
2.35: Widescreen.
This Is so Gross. You Are Bloody Well Warned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ruuuuuuthless Nov. 5 2013
By Corpse
this movie was awesome! it was down right dirty and nasty and brutal. Frodo goes around scalping chicks and becoming more and more insane by the second. The film follows basically the same plot as the original although this time it is from a first person perspective. This works out really great and just hearing Elijah's voice is creepy as hell and he truly looks like a maniac when you do get a glimpse of his reflection. That is another difference, Elijah. No longer do we have a big disgusting slob as the killer but this time its lil ol Elijah. This change could have been devastating but it really works. And then were the film truly is with the gore. They hold nothing back. Right from the opening sequence I knew I was in for one hell of a ride. Way more than one woman is murdered and scalped and it is done in ruthless fashion. This movie was creepy as hell and Elijah, Aja, and friends show us (once again in Aja's case) is that remakes can be great!
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1.0 out of 5 stars PURE CRAP!! Feb. 1 2014
By Glen
The original Maniac with Joe Spinell is way better than this turd. Joe spinell looked like a sleazy guy you would be scared of. Elijah Wood looks like a little kid in a grunge band!! The whole movie is from the point of veiw of the killer which is stupid ,and ends up looking like the Blair Witch! The original Maniac had great effects by Tom Savini, and were more shocking at the time. The original also had better music by Jay chattaway. The original Maniac had a sleazy look to it, this one looks like another polished hollywood remake. Even the original movie poster/dvd art was better!!This movie sucks!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rare remake that is worth it. Sept. 9 2013
By milesaugust100 - Published on Amazon.com
As a huge fan of the Joe Spinell original, I have to say I was more than impressed with this retelling of one of the more unique horror films from the 80's. I was more than skeptical about the POV style, and of any remakes lately, but Elijah Wood was fantastic as the tortured psychopath. The special effects were great, if you like some good, bloody slasher movie effects, and the overall mood was dark and brooding, the way a slasher film should be. Highly recommended for the old school horror fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inside, Looking Out Nov. 24 2013
By Mark Eremite - Published on Amazon.com
MANIAC is the story of a crazy man. A maniac, if you will. Mentally ruined by a mother with, let's say, loose morals, Frank, our lead, spends most of his time restoring antique mannequins and the rest of his time struggling with lethal, sexual desires for women (and their hair). When Frank meets a young photographic artist named Anna, he tries to rise above his dark and disturbing fetish, but things don't look good.

The film, ostensibly, stars Elijah Wood, although he's on-screen for barely a tenth of the film. The bulk of the movie is told from Frank's POV as he struggles with headaches, sex, and his love of scalps. Although the story isn't terribly detailed, its refusal to spell everything out makes for an enticing psychological portrayal. Unfortunately, the POV filming ends up having the opposite of what I assume was its intended effect. Rather than drawing the viewer inside of Frank, enmeshing the audience in his thoughts and deeds, the POV perspective ends up distancing us from Frank. They say the eyes are the window to the soul, and we spend 95% of the film staring out those windows from the other direction. As a result, we don't see Frank's soul as much as we see the destruction the soul creates. This makes the film feel cold and half-done.

Saved from being a total loss by a strong score and some pretty convincing special effects, the movie has its moments (especially its final, brutal scene), but these feel more like teasing glimpses at what the film could've been had it allowed the viewer a better view of our title character.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Grisly Remake That Offers A Unique Visual Perspective But Little Emotional Involvement Oct. 23 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Certain movies speak to a specific time or place and the 1980 horror slasher "Maniac" is one of those films. William Lustig's bleak portrait of a serial killer capitalized on the birth of the home video market to offer an underground movie experience to audiences who didn't typically have access to non-mainstream cult movies. For its time, it became a bona fide sensation. I'd maintain that it isn't a particularly good movie (and I've probably seen it a half dozen times and own it), but it was startlingly effective as a new breed of shocker. The early eighties were a thrilling time for independent films! The VHS explosion opened up a whole new world and made monster hits out of movies that otherwise would not have been so impactful with lesser availability. "The Evil Dead," for example, is one of the era's most sweeping success stories. Part of the appeal of the original "Maniac" is that it is a visceral movie, one that puts the viewer right into the middle of some rather unpleasant events. This remake maintains a chilly aloofness and captures events from a bold "killer's eye" viewpoint, but it simply lacks the horrific novelty of its predecessor. With another 30+ years of movie brutality in the can, the story behind "Maniac" doesn't have the same effect as it once did.

Beyond this observation, though, I will refrain from any other comparisons and simply look at this new iteration of "Maniac" on its own terms. Elijah Wood plays the titular character and he is, indeed, unwell. Fans of Wood might embrace this change-of-pace endeavor, but it should be noted that he isn't actually seen very often despite being in every frame of the movie. The whole experience is done with a creepy Point of View perspective, meaning that we're seeing through Wood's eyes. As far as plots go, Wood stalks a number of women throughout before pouncing in for the next brutal murder. Despite being (quite literally) in Wood's head, his character isn't developed in any depth (aside from the classic back story, told in brief flashbacks, that pins his compulsion on the acts of his mother). And we're also not asked to know anything about his victims or have any sympathy for them. When an attack occurs, we're simply left listening to Wood's panicked rants. While I found this approach rather interesting, the whole experience became a bit repetitive due to a lack of character involvement.

I think that's what I'm most apathetic about with "Maniac." I didn't think it was a terrible movie, but I simply didn't care much about what transpired. There isn't much suspense because there is no emotional investment. It doesn't help that most of the victims give rather amateurish performances either. Wood is creepy and effective in his voice work. The movie is shot and scored with a nod to its eighties heritage, and this homage works for the gritty violence depicted. The movie has a decent enough gore factor, but it's all so impersonal. At only ninety minutes, there isn't much story to maintain its brief running time. In the end, the movie was an interesting visual experiment for me. But because I never felt close to Wood or his victims AND never really felt the palpable dread that I desired, I can't muster up an unqualified endorsement. If you like the genre, you might give this a look. But it's not nearly as horrifying as it might have been. KGHarris, 10/13.
1.0 out of 5 stars A Sad Excuse For a Movie April 2 2014
By Alyssa - Published on Amazon.com
As a huge fan of the original, I watched this movie on Netflix. I am so glad that I didn't go out of my way to spend money on this piece of garbage, it completely counteracts the original and is emotionally detached. I frequently found myself wondering when this movie was finally going to be over. Elijah Wood needs to stick to LOTR and stay away from slicing up women. This film is a disaster and I would give it less than 1 star if I could.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Horror! March 31 2014
By Hannah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love this film. It is one of the best Horror's I have seen. Elijah Wood is amazing in this film.
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