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Movie Review: Maniac
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Maniac
Director: Franck Khalfoun
Screenwriters: Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur, C.A. Rosenburg
Cast: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, Liane Balaban, America Olivo, Jan Broberg
IFC Midnight
Rated R | 90 Minutes
Release Date: June 21, 2013

“Please don’t scream, you’re so beautiful.”

Psycho meets Drive in Maniac, Franck Khalfoun‘s remake of William Lustig’s 1980 horror film of the same name.

In this art-house slasher flick, Frank Zito (Elijah Wood) is a lonely schizophrenic who spends his nights prowling the streets of Los Angeles, stalking and murdering young women.

When he isn’t painstakingly restoring vintage mannequins, Frank is a professional serial killer. He scalps women and takes their scalps and clothing back to his dimly-lit abode, where he decorates his life-sized dolls as fucked-up trophies.

Once a mannequin has been gussied up to his satisfaction, Frank sleeps with his new girlfriend for several nights, using her to carry on one-sided conversations with his deceased mother, Angela (America Olivo), a rather negligent prostitute who subjected him to years of psychosexual abuse.

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