Maniac

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Elijah Wood stars as a modern-day Jack the Ripper in Maniac, a bold and disturbing re-boot of the 1980 cult film considered by many horror fans to be the most notorious slasher flick ever made – a visually daring, psychologically complex and extremely horrific trip into the nightmarish world of a killer and his victims. Frank (Wood) is the shy, nerdy owner of a mannequin store in L.A. Unfortunately, Frank is also a simmering psychopath with a tendency to scalp his many victims. When a young artist named Anna befriends Frank as they work together on her new exhibition, their unexpected friendship ignites Frank’s uncontrollable compulsion to stalk and kill, leading to a frenzy of violence and terror. Daringly shot entirely from the first-person perspective of its lead anti-hero, this deeply unsettling horror film from director Franck Khalfoun (P2) and co-writer Alexandre Aja (High Tension) paints a frightening portrait of a deranged mind overwhelmed by obsession. (Dir. by Franck Khalfoun, 2013, France/USA, in English, 89 mins.,Not Rated, IFC Films) Digital