BlackBook Exclusive: See the New Poster for Franck Khalfoun’s ‘Maniac’

Ever since its premiere at Cannes over a year ago, Franck Khalfoun’s blood-spattered POV slasher film Maniac has kept horror enthusiasts buzzing with anticipation for its US debut. And after multiple clips and trailers have been released, teasing us with the dark fetish pleasures of the Elijah Wood-led serial killer flick, the film will finally see its release on June 21st courtesy of IFC Midnight.

As the remake of Bill Lustig’s grimy 1980-set horror thriller of the same title, Khalfoun’s film transports the original to a dismal Los Angeles landscape, giving a modern spin to the gruesome tale of a homicidal loner with a twisted fixation with scalps. For those who only know him as Frodo from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Wood isn’t the first person you’d pin to the role of creepy murderer, but after taking on a series of dark characters as of late, he seems to be stepping into the bloody role just fine. 
 
With a pulsating and ominous soundtrack that recalls classic ’80s thrillers, exciting your nerves and upping your heart rate, the original score for Maniac is done to eerie perfection by French composer Rob. And today, we’re pleased to premiere the latest theatrical poster for the film, which was designed by Art Machine. Showing only half of Wood’s angular face, we get a clean taste of his demonic desire for scalps in against a neon-lit Los Angeles nightscape. 
 
Check out the new Maniac poster and the film’s official synopsis below:
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  Frank (Elijah Wood) is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna (Nora Arnezeder) appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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 L.A., Franck Khalfoun’s MANIAC, produced by Alexandre Aja (THE HILLS HAVE EYES, HAUTE TENSION), and composed by Rob of the band "Phoenix", is a re-boot of the William Lustig cult film considered by many to be the most suspensseful slasher movie ever made – an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and projoundly horrific trip into the downward spiralling nightmare of a killer and his victims.
 
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