Maniac (2012)

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Franck Khalfoun directs Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder and Genevieve Alexandra in this POV slasher remake. 

My TIVO box told me I was recording the 1980’s original but this proved surprisingly creepy and unsettling. There are discombobulating flashes of mannequin based surrealism. The excessive gore and T&A feel transgressive in these PG-13 horror remake wilderness years. Wood doesn’t make much of an impression as the baby face who looks back at us in the mirrors’ reflections but I guess the main point of the movie is to make us feel like the killer, and feel complicit in his shocking nastiness and perversions. You need a blank slate for that. Good ominous score and use of LA night shoot locations too.

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My Top 10 Slasher Movies

1. Psycho (1960)
2. Zodiac (2007)
3. Scream (1996)
4. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
5. The Fog (1980)

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6. Scream 2 (1997)
7. Candyman (1992)
8. Deep Red (1975)
9. Peeping Tom (1960)
10. Tenebrae (1982)

 

 

 

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