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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 Sorpse
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Rather lame. Aug. 19 2014
By cindy
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Not what I was expecting. I guess it was done all right for a remake, but the storyline is very limited, as well as the dialogue. There no depth to any of the characters. Rather lame.
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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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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maniac is a haunting look through the eyes of a killer Nov. 4 2013
By Ryan Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Franck Khalfoun's Maniac is a stylishly brutal horror film that wraps its bloody hands around your throat and never lets go. Khalfoun's remake centers around a serial killer with a fetish for scalps who is on the hunt. Frank 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, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill.

Directors like Khalfoun are the reason why I'm notoriously optimistic when it comes to remakes. Maniac proves that you can inject terrifying new life into a story that has already been told and why we should be more accepting of remakes rather than write them off the moment they are announced. Yes, most fail. However, when they succeed, we get a film like Maniac and man is it one hell of a ride.

The film's strongest element as well as Khalfoun's most surprising approach to the film was shooting it almost entirely in the point of view of Elijah Wood's character Frank -- putting the audience in the mind of the killer. This tactic was truly terrifying and a fantastic way to experience a horror film. You often just hear the heavy breathing of Frank as he stalks his victims and all you can see is his trembling bloody hands. By shooting a film this way the director traps the audience in the body of a killer almost forcing you to do these horrible things with the Maniac. It's such a different way to experience a horror film but it really pays off in the end. Typically what makes a horror film scary is not knowing where the killer is or which corner he could be around next but that's not the case with Maniac because we know exactly where he is at all times, adding an entirely new element to the film. Sometimes knowing exactly where the monster is can be more terrifying than not knowing at all and that was certainly the case with Maniac.

Elijah Wood's gritty performance as Frank is absolutely haunting and unforgettable. The fact that we rarely see his face speaks volumes as to how great of an actor he is. We often only see his face through a reflection in a mirror and because it's such a rare moment to actually see the killer, Wood uses every second to his advantage by showing the deep pain in his eyes.

The film is an absolute blast for anyone willing to take a seat behind the eyes of a Maniac and the final moments of the film are utterly jaw dropping as it all comes crashing down in front of a few blood soaked mannequins.

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film and amazing soundtrack! June 29 2013
By Tetris911 - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't let the negative nancy reviews from this movie stop you from renting this movie, if you are looking for an amazing visual horror/thriller film with a very memorable soundtrack that ties the movie EXTREMELY well, then check out this movie! Also, if you saw Elijah Woods in "Sin City" and loved his character in that movie, then you can expect even more amazing performance by Woods in this Maniac movie as well.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY fixed the streaming June 21 2013
By Samuel Clemens - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish I read the reviews before I rented this. This is not the movie that is advertised in the title.


The mixup has been FIXED so I was able to see the movie. Now to fix my rating with a proper review. This is a definite 5 star horror movie in my book.

The POV camera for the stalking/killing is very jarring (harkening back to the opening scene of Halloween). Paired with the somewhat retro soundtrack it gives a nostalgic feeling for old style slasher movies in a modern setting, and I think the movie itself is a solid entry into that genre. The violence in the movie is VERY graphic (and it does not shy away from it using quick cuts or other camera tricks), so gauge your own stomach before watching, but it is worth it in my opinion.

Like I said, definite 5 star on the movie.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must see for hardcore horror fans! Nov. 8 2013
By aroundlsu - Published on Amazon.com
The Good
Shot in a unique first person style with only brief shots of Elijah's character the cinematography and camera technique helps to keep our interest throughout the 90 minute runtime.

The Bad
The first person perspective also lends a bit of frustration to the viewer. I want to step out at times and see more of Elijah's character but we are stuck in the first person view. It's also a bit frustrating to think that the maniac would get away with such brazen murders throughout the film.

The Ugly
There is a lot of ugly in this film. Some of the murder scenes seem a bit over the top in the gore department. I love a little slasher gore but in many scenes I feel like the director is just trying to get a reaction out of the viewer. The film works best when the gore is more subtle. The closing scene is especially over the top and completely unnecessary.
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