Maniac-2012

Posted: May 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

Maniac-2012

 

Maniac-2012

5 out of 5 Screams

Tagline:  “violent, gruesome, shocking, and extremely cruel” but “also entertaining, darkly amusing, smart, and impeccably well-made.”

The story follows Frank, a loner that inherited his mother’s mannequin restoration store due to her untimely death a year earlier. Frank suffers from migraines, and a need to scalp and murder beautiful women. Not to mention a plethora of mommy issues.

Technically, this is a remake of an 80’s film, that unfortunately I have never seen. But I might have to go back and check it out.

Wow. I could not have imagined Elijah Wood as disturbing. However, after watching this, I couldnt imagine anyone else as “Frank”. Theres a fragility about him, that I dont think many actors could portray.

The movie is shot from the first person perspective, which immediately puts you into the movie. You are a part of the process, not just a voyeur. You see the world as Frank does, and the world is a nightmare. You see what he sees when he is alone, and you see what he sees when he interacts with other people. If it wasnt for current computer games ( Think “Half-Life”, “Doom”or “Halo”) then this camera technique would be totally original. But alas, its effective at any rate

The story is told seamlessly through flashbacks and “present” time. The flashbacks serve their purpose, of which is to introduce you to the psyche of Frank. You get some insight of who he is, and why he does the things he does. It gives a very ‘personal” feeling to the experience, and you even feel a little sorry for Frank. You cant help but think that if he just had someone that loves him, and cared about him, that maybe he would stop killing.

But then again, maybe not.

I cant stress how awesome this film is. It has an art-house feel to it, but it doesnt cut out any violence either. You literally see what Frank does, the whole time. The camera doesnt cut away when he breaks out his knife. Its funny, that you root for Frank even though he is clearly a monster. But you can sense his damage from the first few frames.

A definite must-see for anyone who loves horror.

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