Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stream-And-Run, Halloween Edition: Maniac (2012)

            Sadly, at no point was there flash-dancing in this film…

             Making a movie with a gimmick proves to be a tricky proposition, as once you commit to said gimmick, you have to truly commit. So making a film entirely from the perspective of the main character can be a severe boon overall to the film’s quality, but fortunately the makers of Maniac find a way to make it work. Remaking William Lustig’s 1980 slasher classic, Maniac chronicles the trials of disturbed young man Frank Zito, who spends his days working in his shop of mannequins and his nights stalking and scalping young women. For all the technical props you could give the film (and you could give it much, considering Franck Khalfoun’s inventive direction), the film lives and dies by Elijah Wood’s performance as the killer we rarely see. Wood manages to do the unthinkable and outcreep original Maniac Joe Spinell, but what is possibly most creepy about his performance is how human he makes the character, allowing the audience to truly view the world through his broken perspective. Couple all of that with am awesome synth score that would make Nicholas Winding Refn weep, and you have yourself a modern classic.   

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