IFC has given a release date and art design for Franck Khalfoun’s MANIAC REMAKE, starring Elijah Wood and written by Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur. Thomas Langmann, Aja, Levasseur and Lustig produced the remake, while Antoine de Cazotte, Daniel Delume, Andrew W. Garroni, Pavlina Hatoupis and Alix Taylor are attached as executive producers. The film, which has already been playing festivals, a limited theatrical run, and a successful VOD release, will be released on October 15th on both DVD and Bluray. That’s the good news. The bad news is the art design for the DVD/Blu-Ray cover. Given the incredible minimalist art that we were given with the poster, it seems as though IFC chose to overlook artistic merit for the standard photoshopped floating head scenario we’ve all come to loathe.


MANIAC stars Elijah Wood (THE LORD OF THE RINGS) and Nora Arnezeder (SAFE HOUSE). In the film, Wood plays the role of a serial killer who works at a shop that sells antique mannequins. Finding victims on the Internet, he stalks them like prey, all while suffering from hallucinations that throw him back into the past, when he was abused by his own mother. In his twisted mind, he gains a measure of revenge against his mother with each kill.

Now, if you can bear it, a look at the release art:

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While not the worst release art I’ve ever seen (Night Of The Creeps DVD, I’m looking at you, you yellow mess from hell!), I feel IFC would’ve been better off with the poster design we all came to know and love. It’s already associated with the film, but I can understand this from a “marketing to an ‘outside audience'” point of view. Plastering Elijah Wood’s face with the “Frodo with a knife” motif may draw interest from your standard non-horror fan who may check it out due to being an Elijah Wood fan, but come on, they really should’ve gone with this:



Oh well, it’s still an incredibly well done film and odd art design or not, this will definitely be a “don’t judge a movie by it’s home video cover” flick not to miss! If you haven’t seen it already, or if you’re already a fan, definitely go out and pick this up when it hits Blu-Ray. It looked incredible on VOD, I can only imagine how it’ll be in 1080p!

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