Elijah Wood, the heroic hobbit of The Lord of the Rings, goes to the dark side in the shocking, macabre slasher film Maniac. It is directed by Franck Khalfoun and is a remake of William Lustig and Joe Spinell’s 1980 cult classic film of the same name. Written by Alexandre Aja, the screenwriter of The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension and Mirrors, it also stars Nora Arnezeder, Jan Broberg, and America Olivo.
In this 21st century Jack the Ripper story set in present-day Los Angeles, Frank Zito is a mentally disturbed young man who keeps to himself and is the shop owner of a mannequin store. Traumatized by childhood experiences with his now deceased prostitute mother, he is unable to enter into any meaningful relationships with women and spends his time giving the mannequins in his store very lifelike touches. Seemingly eccentric and quiet to the outside world, inside he harbors a violent rage that forces him to brutally kill and scalp women who get too close to him.
When a young artist named Anna appears one day at Frank’s shop and becomes taken with his work restoring antique department store mannequins, he agrees to help her with an upcoming art exhibit. As the two spend more time together, Frank develops an obsession with her that threatens to destroy his already fragile psyche. As his urges become more aggressive, he loses his last bit of control and goes on a killing spree to stalk and scalp -- making the streets unsafe for any woman after dark.
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- Elijah Wood as Frank Zito
- Nora Arnezeder as Anna D'Antoni
- Jan Broberg as Rita
- Liane Balaban as Judy
- America Olivo as Angela Zito, Frank's mother
- Joshua De La Garza as Martin Nunez
- Morgane Slemp as Jenna
- Sal Landi as Detective
- Genevieve Alexandra as Jessica
- Sammi Rotibi as Jason
- Megan M. Duffy as Lucie
- Feature length making-of that covers all aspects of production
- Deleted Scenes
- Alt Poster Gallery
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