I’m calling Elijah Wood’s remake of Maniac ‘Frodo with a Shotgun’. If you’ve seen Bill Lustig’s 1980 original then you might laugh … or not. Anyway, the Cannes Film Festival teaser trailer for Maniac has been put online ahead of its screening and you can catch a glimpse of what looks like a great psycho thriller.
The film is directed by Franck Khalfoun with Alexandre Aja (co-author of the script) on producer duties. The original Bill Lustig-directed splatter flick starred Joe Spinell as a serial killer haunting the streets of NYC who likes to get handy with a shotgun on lover’s lane.
Khalfoun’s flick definitely looks a mean and moody (potentially controversial) promise and we know from Sin City that Wood can do psycho killers very well. Co-starring with Frodo is America Olivo and Nora Arnezeder.
Just when the streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and 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 Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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.