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Just when the streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and on the hunt. Frank (Elijah Wood) is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna (Nora Arnezeder) appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank's obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill. A 21st century Jack the Ripper set in present day LA, Franck Khalfoun's Maniac is a re-boot of the William Lustig cult film considered by many to be the most… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A creepy experiment that stays with you."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"It's not clear what exactly merited an updating of William Lustig's 1980 "Maniac" - a cheapo urban grimeball about a serial killer - but like a rash's unwelcome return, we got it anyway."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Director Khalfoun paints a wonderful and engrossing horror thriller that lets Wood shine as a bonafide monster..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"There's nothing about Maniac to set it apart from the countless other films about countless other psychos who kill countless other women."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Khalfoun gives us an unflinchingly brutal film that places the viewer in the role of accomplice with disturbingly effective results."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"Frodo Baggins as a psycho-killer? Why not?"
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"It's a bit like watching an amputee play hopscotch: there's no way that it's polite to stare for this long, but you just have to see if this guy's gonna make it to the end."
‑ William Goss,
"Maniac, like its forebear, simply doesn't possess enough material to warrant the full-length feature treatment."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The motives for his character remain cloudy, and the film is more interested in gratuitous gore than suspense."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Thrilling and fueled by plenty of bloody carnage, Maniac is a horror film that knows how to wear its influences on its sleeve and capitalize on them."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"The sadistic proceedings here are pointless, and not very scary."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
""Maniac" only takes what had merely been a disturbing film and makes it into a truly disturbed one."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Look, dating is tough."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Beyond the killings, there isn't much mystery to Wood's Frank. He has Norman Bates Syndrome. The end."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"Perhaps the mannequin metaphor is best: though it's dressed to the nines, Maniac is ultimately just a piece of plastic"
‑ Violet Lucca, Film Comment Magazine
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