I watch a lot of horror, and a lot of intense films which can leave a lasting impression, they might even unsettle of disturb me. However, few linger, or conjure up feelings of cold, frightening nastiness like Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac remake (review). To this day I am still shocked that the director has only directed two other films, Wrong Turn at Tahoe and the pretty awful P2. To go from such films to what I believe was the best horror of 2012 is quite an achievement!
Now, in the last ten years I can honestly say that only small number of films have really, truly disturbed me. Gaspar Noe’s genius Irreversible is the film that pretty much numbed me to just about everything, and James Watkins’ ultra savage horror Eden Lake is the one film that made me feel again. Both films make me shudder, and yet I know I can trust them both to get a reaction from me. Pascal Laugiers Martyrs, Tom Six’s The Human Centipede 2 and Srdjan Spasojevic’s A Serbian Film have all come close, but nothing has left an everlasting impression quite like Khalfoun’s Maniac.
Even looking at the following images gives me the shivers, and that is a sign of a horror flick truly doing its job! Check out the images below, and trust me, best you start looking forward to Maniac, for it will honestly be the most horrific film you will experience in 2012!
Maniac is directed by Franck Khalfoun, and Alexandre Aja is on writing and producing duties. Elijah Wood is playing the role of the killer, Frank, with the gorgeous America Olivo playing his Mother. Nora Arnezeder, Liane Balaban, Morgane Slemp, Sammi Rotibi and Sal Landi also appear in the film.
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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Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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.
A 21st century Jack the Ripper set in present-day LA, MANIAC is a re-boot of the cult film considered by many to be the most suspenseful slasher movie ever made – an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiralling nightmare of a killer and his victims.
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