NSFW MANIAC REMAKE TEASER TRAILER

In honor of the Cannes premiere, the remake of William Lustig’s serial killer opus MANIAC, directed by Franck Khalfoun (P2), now has a (incomplete) teaser trailer. As much as I generally despise remakes (excepting of course Carpenter’s THE THING, and Cronenberg’s THE FLY), I’d have to admit that this teaser intrigues me. I had my doubts concerning Elijah Wood’s (THE LORD OF THE RINGS, FLIPPER) turn as the titular psycho killer, but having seen his work again in SIN CITY recently, my fears had begun to wane a bit. And now, with this new trailer, I have a feeling we may see a very interesting performance from a man perhaps best known for playing Frodo Baggins. I’m also very intrigued by the decision to portray the entire film essentially via the POV of a serial killing madman. Lustig’s MANIAC was intended to view the world from the killer’s perspective originally, attempting to give the audience a glimpse into madness, and Khalfoun seems to have taken the idea and run with it. Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur (HAUTE TENSION, THE HILLS HAVE EYES REMAKE) wrote the screenplay and are producing the film, returning once again to remake territory. While I’d like to see the dynamically French duo once again work on original work, as their remakes have been hit and miss, they do possess the talent to potentially make this film stand out amongst the remake crowd.

Synopsis:

Wood plays the role of a serial killer who works at a shop selling antique mannequins. He finds victims on the Internet and stalks them like prey, all the while suffering from hallucinations that throw him back into the past, when he was abused by his mother. In his twisted mind, he gains a measure of revenge against his mother with each kill.

We’ll have a more complete teaser trailer up and more news on the film when it becomes available, so stay tuned boils ‘n ghouls!

 

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