Maniac (2013)

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 Frank (Elijah Wood) is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna (Nora Arnezeder) appears… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: June 21, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Shocking and bloody. Maniac is smarter than your average psychological slasher, but it's often undermined by its excessive gore.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A creepy experiment that stays with you.

Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

One for hard-core gore-hounds.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Frodo Baggins as a psycho-killer? Why not?

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William Goss

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.

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Rachel Bache
New Zealand Herald

Maniac is gripping from beginning to end and more intellectual than your average slasher flick.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

The sadistic proceedings here are pointless, and not very scary.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

"Maniac" only takes what had merely been a disturbing film and makes it into a truly disturbed one.

Scott Weinberg

Does a fine job of balancing some legitimately smart ideas with its requisite moments of pain, suffering, and horror.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
This brilliant film is certainly not for everyone's stomach, since it is a brutal, tense and intensely disturbing experience that forces us to adopt the… More
Melvin White
Frank: Please don't scream. You're beautiful. "I warned you not to go out tonight" Maniac is undoubtedly a very interesting and well made… More
Edward Boxler
A depraved, disturbing, and uncompromising slasher that boasts amazing technical craftsmanship, forcing you to follow the kind of character you fear your sister… More
Everett Johnson
**1/2 "Maniac" is a remake of an 80's horror movie about a mannequin shop owner(Elijah Wood) who collects the scalps of women and puts them on… More
Tony Gandía
More of a gory art experiment than a coherent movie, "Maniac" is watchable (when you're not squirming away from the gore) but ultimately… More
Kevin Cookman
Same critical flaw as the original: there's no point.