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.
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 Frank (Elijah Wood) is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna (Nora Arnezeder) appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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.