So this week the film that grabbed my attention in the biggest way was Maniac, a remake of an eighties horror of the same name this version had been stuck in development for a long time before it finally got its release this year. Starring Elijah Wood and written by horror veteran Alexandre Aja the film is shot almost entirely from the protagonists point of view, the only times we see Wood’s face are in reflections, with the exception of about two shots.
If you’ve watched the red band trailer that I posted in my weekly update you’ll already have quite an idea of what the film is like. Its gruesome slasher that puts you in the shoes of the killer. The unique feel that the POV gives you is what stops Maniac from being you’re run of the mill slasher flick, it gives it its own edge. Elijah Wood is perfect in his role too, a million miles away from Bag End he manages to bring a soft and innocent edge to his deeply disturbed character who enjoys scalping his victims after killing them. The plot is not particularly exciting, Wood’s character has flashbacks of a horrific past giving which has turned him into a maniac, and all he wants to do is fall in love forming the central relationship of the movie, it leaves you thinking if it weren’t for the very clever POV idea there wouldn’t be much here at all.
To summarise though, this is a devilishly gruesome horror movie that has a unique feature setting it apart from the regular dross we’re normally served up these days. Wood gives a great performance and overall the film deserves the cult status I’m sure it will eventually hold.