“Maniac”, the remake of William Lustig’s 1980 slasher of the same name, hacks its way into theaters sometime in the spring of 2013, courtesy of IFC. Our very own James Mudge named it as one of his best films of 2012, which is high praise indeed. To quote him, “the film stays very true indeed to its source material, fairly painting the screen red and never skimping on the sleaze and scalping gore.” You had me at hello. That sounds just lovely. However, if you need more convincing, you can now watch the first six minutes of “Maniac” embedded below.
This clip starts off creepy, with the titular maniac (Elijah Wood) breathing heavy and following a woman down a seedy street. Then they take it up a notch with the line, “I know where you live, Judy.” The fact that he knows her name is enough to make your skin crawl. And I have to say, the theme song that plays over the credits is also a perfect fit. Heavy on the synthesizers, it could have been pulled from an early 80s horror flick, and is a spot on choice.
“Maniac” is filmed primarily from the point of view of the killer. While I’m not sure how I’ll feel watching an entire feature length movie shot like this, it works well here, better than I feared it might. It isn’t distracting, and it puts you right there with the character, which is an eerie association and an uncomfortable feeling.
Directed by Franck Khalfoun (“P2”, “Wrong Turn At Tahoe”), and written and produced by Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur, the team behind “Haute Tension”, “The Hills Have Eyes”, and “Piranha 3D”, “Maniac” promises to be a bloody, disturbing piece of gutter dwelling horror.