I came across town to be with you in your time of need – Frank
I want to start off this review by stating I have never actually seen the original Maniac. All I knew about the film was from Final Girl’s review of it. Apparently a lot of people find the movie a lot to handle. I was never against watching it, it just never got around to checking it out.
When I heard that Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes Remake) was penning a remake starring Frodo Elijah Wood and it was apparently one of the best horror movies in recent years, I decided I definitely needed to check the remake out.
The movie is shot almost entirely from the point of view of Frank, a restorer mannequins and murderer of women. The film being shot in this way makes the film not only incredibly interesting from a technical point of view but also makes the film interesting in that rather then identifying with the victim and feeling terror because they are being stalked. Instead you feel terror because you are seeing from the eyes of the killer and know what horrible fate awaits them.
Wood is amazing as Frank, committing completely to the role. He some how manages to be completely repellent and sympathetic. Aja’s script gives a compelling back story of a young boy who was the victim of his mother’s promiscuity leaving him emotionally stunted, developing into full blown psychosis.
The movie is gory, violent, beautiful and innovative. Look for it on VOD and in limited theaters on June 21st. You won’t be disappointed.