Maniac (2012)

2012 Horror, Thriller

User Score: 62/100


As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface.

Director Franck Khalfoun (Wrong Turn at Tahoe, P2) did an exceptional job with Maniac considering this is his third movie to direct. Maniac is all time EPIC. I am not sure I will see it again because mainly of the gore factor, it was way too much for me to handle but it was needed, to me this an epic movie.

Maniac contains nude scenes, adult scenes, very graphic violence with grotesque gore scenes. One of the scenes that remain in my head is when the females tore apart a man and actually tore his skin off from his face and head. It was so stomach sickening. Two other scenes that stayed in my head is when the man was stabbed in his stomach with a mannequins hand and also when a man was stabbed with a butchers knife through his mouth. There is bad language in this movie but what do you expect for a movie titled "Maniac". There is nonstop intense scare scenes where your grossed to the max. Lots of suspense and thrills, feeling very anxious throughout the movie and also scared to know what will happen next.

I love that the movie was shot from the killers view, made it a more intense packed suspense movie for me. I really do like that I get to see what the psycho is thinking, feeling and the idea of seeing everything from his view - truly brilliant. Frank (Elijah Wood - Grand Piano, The Wind Rises, Pawn Shop Chronicles) is the psychopathic serial killer in Maniac who takes multiple medicines to prevent him from hallucinating. He is a lonely guy who repairs/restores antique mannequins in the daytime and stalks females in the night time so that he can murder and scalp them. It feels so creepy when he stalks his victims.

I think everyone should try to see this movie at least once in their life time. It teaches us to be aware of our surroundings and also to know that everyone may not be what they seem. Like I said above, will not watch this movie again but I did enjoy it.

About Maniac (2012)

Title: Maniac
Year: 2012
Starring: Elijah Wood, America Olivo, Brittani Cox, Mic Rodgers, Sal Landi, Steffinnie Phrommany, Jan Broberg, Sammi Rotibi, Alex Diaz, Rochelle Rudolph, Megan Duffy, Brian Ames, Mike McCarty, Délé Ogundiran, Genevieve Alexandra, Patrick Orr, Liane Balaban, Ron Reznik, Aaron Colom, Joshua Delagarza, Gregory Taieb, Eli Dupont, Lauren Emily Vaughan, Luis Fernandez-Gil, Steven James Williams, Dan Hunter, Jacqueline Buda, Devra Korwin, Akbar Kurtha, Freedom
Director: Franck Khalfoun
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.05/5 stars from 34 users. Votes: 34.
Genre: Horror, Thriller

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