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Trailer: The dreadful stares of “MANIAC”

A lot of Franck Khalfoun’s nasty, unsettling remake of William Lustig’s nasty, New York horror MANIAC is looking. Of course, much of the film you’re staring through the eyes of the maniac himself, but then there’s the stares back at him, something highlighted in the movie’s official U.S. trailer. The eyes looking back at Frank (Elijah Wood) are filled with judgment, fear, affection, enticement and it all adds greatly to a truly dreadful atmosphere.

Relocated to L.A., the film stars Wood as mannequin-shop owner, socially awful and dangerously obsessive Frank, whose lethal habits escalate when a beautiful photographer enters his life. There’s much good word on the film and it’s well deserved. It’s loosely, but mostly, told in a point-of-view format adding a fresh, suspenseful take on many of the stalk sequences. That’s not to mention the amazing score (on Spotify now and on sale soon in a fantastic package from Death Waltz Records), or how intensely nasty it all is.

MANIAC is out this June 21 on VOD and in limited theatrical release. [iTunes]

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Samuel Zimmerman
Fangoria.com Managing Editor Samuel Zimmerman has been at FANGORIA since 2009, where fresh out of the Purchase College Cinema Studies program, he began as an editorial assistant. Since, he’s honed both his writing and karaoke skills and been trusted with the responsibility of jury duty at Austin’s incredible Fantastic Fest. Zimmerman lives in and hails from The Bronx, New York where his pants are too tight and he’ll watch anything with witches.
  • Anthony

    The NYC atmosphere contributed a lot to the original’s success.

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