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Shawn Francis
11-05-2011, 02:29 PM
DEADLINE (http://www.deadline.com/2011/11/elijah-wood-finds-killer-role-in-maniac/#utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter): Elijah Wood has been just set for the lead role in Maniac, and believe me, Frodo is a long way from the Shire in this one. In the indie that will be directed by Franck Khalfoun and produced by Alexandre Aja and Gregory Lavasseur, Wood plays the role of a serial killer who works at a shop that sells antique mannequins. He finds victims on the Internet and stalks them like prey, all the while suffering from hallucinations that throw him back into the past, when he was abused by his own mother. In his twisted mind, he gains a measure of revenge against his mother with each kill. It will shoot later this year.

This isn’t the first deranged killer role for Wood, who played the creepy cannibal Kevin in Sin City. Wood has been working up a storm, in the upcomingHappy Feet 2, the indie Celeste and Jesse, Sky TV’s Treasure Island, and, of course, he reprises his signature role inThe Hobbit. Wood also reprises his starring role in the series Wilfred, which begins production early next year. He’s repped by Brillstein Partners and WME.

Jimmy Simard
11-05-2011, 05:17 PM
Seriously :nono:
It's probably a record for how long it took to lost any interest in a project. Just 3 words in the subject of your post were enough...

Todd Jordan
11-05-2011, 05:18 PM
I don't mind him. I like him in Wilfred.

Alex K.
11-05-2011, 05:33 PM
Now it's not even Maniac. It's just a serial killer flick.

Ian Jane
11-06-2011, 11:27 AM
You know what? He was pretty fucking good as that creepy little serial killer dude in Sin City. This is a strange casting choice, he doesn't remind anyone of Spinnell at all I'm sure, but it might not be a complete disaster. I'd imagine they're going for a pretty different approach than Lustig did, I mean they'd have to. The NYC that the original took place in doesn't even exist anymore, there's no way that they'll be able to capture that level of pure sleaze - but Wood might not be the worst choice for this.

Todd Jordan
11-06-2011, 02:34 PM
They could attempt to recreate the sleaziness. But they won't. Instead they'll go the route of making everything look green like in so many other shit horror movies. I wonder if they'll even tout it as a horror film or as a psychological thriller. And it's so wonderful that'll they give us flashback crud to give a reason why he's so deranged. Because us audience peoples is so stupid and need everything spelled out for us and can't possibly watch the movie without all the explanation. He's a maniac. We don't need to know why. All we need to know is that he kills people and is the sleaziest of slime balls. Now show us how horrible he is and then let us watch him get his just deserts. Thanks.

Terry C
11-06-2011, 02:40 PM
I'm sure he's channeling this by rubbing his dead moms wet panties on his chest for about an hour.

Shawn Francis
11-07-2011, 12:08 PM
SHOCK TILL YOU DROP (http://shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=21781): If one was to go about remaking William Lustig's Maniac, one would have find a unique approach to the story, after all, we've seen many imitators over the last 30 years on television (http://shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=21781#) and in film. Maybe not blatant copycats, but there have certainly been similar onscreen creeps.

Director Franck Khalfoun and producers Aja and Gregory Lavasseu - the team behind the upcoming Maniac redo - seem to have angle.

Besides the unconventional casting of Elijah Wood, as the "maniac," rumor has it that all of the killer's scenes will be shot in POV.

Badass Digest broke the scoop, first reporting that the entire film would be shot in POV, but their story (http://shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=21781#) was corrected (someone on the inside must have reached out to clarify) to state that the POV technique would only appear during the killer's moments.

Wood would only be seen in reflections.

POV has been a staple of the genre, of course, putting the audience in the killer's shoes. Peeping Tom, Halloween, Black Christmas are benchmark films utilizing the technique.

Given the grotesque nature with which the maniac of Maniac does his business (http://shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=21781#), this could get particularly nasty...

Todd Jordan
11-07-2011, 12:14 PM
this could get particularly nasty

It won't have the sleaze factor I'll bet. Sleaze is so vital to Maniac's appeal. Nasty or not, without the sleaze, they may as well not bother. Which they shouldn't anyway, but that's beside the point.

Toyboy
11-07-2011, 01:09 PM
The murders will be shot POV?!?! Get out of town!!! What a concept.

Paul Casey
11-07-2011, 01:29 PM
The murders will be shot POV?!?! Get out of town!!! What a concept.

This way, they won't have to pay Frodo for those scenes.

Shawn Francis
11-07-2011, 09:15 PM
SHOCK TILL YOU DROP (http://shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=21794): Now We Know Who is Doing the FX for Maniac

By the power of Joe Spinell's ghost! Is the Maniac (http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/films.php?id=21793) remake moving fast or what?

From the KNB EFX Facebook (http://shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=21794#) page came this:

"So on the two newest films we started to work on; one has seven psychopaths and the other one maniac. :)"

The first film mentioned, Seven Psychopaths, is an action-comedy with Colin Farrell (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=77467), but KNB unmistakably referenced the upcoming Franck Khalfoun-directed horror remake here. So now we know who's on board the gory effects. Tom Savini handled the gut-churning gross-out gags in William Lustig's original film.

Given this is an Alex Aja production, it makes sense KNB is on board. The company worked on Aja's The Hills Have Eyes and Piranah 3D.

Ian Jane
11-30-2011, 01:29 PM
Twitch got a cool scoop, some pictures of Mr. Wood in action here (http://twitchfilm.com/news/2011/11/first-shots-of-elijah-wood-in-maniac-remake.php).

Toyboy
11-30-2011, 02:48 PM
You know how they snagged Frodo for this? Dexter. They told him this is gonna be like Dexter.

Todd Jordan
11-30-2011, 03:00 PM
Dexter only kills bad peoples. Froxter kills skanks.

Toyboy
11-30-2011, 03:15 PM
I know, but what I mean is that this appears to be a humanized killer. A guy you like or identify with who is also a brutal murderer. That's just my prediction.

Todd Jordan
11-30-2011, 03:36 PM
Oh. You're so deep.

Ian Jane
11-30-2011, 03:38 PM
I'm reserving judgement. I'm not writing this off yet. I want to, and my instincts tell me to, but I think it would be cool to see Wood play a raging lunatic all Spinell style. I'm sure it won't happen, but I'm not giving up hope yet.

Todd Jordan
11-30-2011, 03:50 PM
He won't play it Spinell style. He's too cute to pull that off.

Ian Jane
11-30-2011, 04:00 PM
But that could work in his favor. You wouldn't expect him to pull it off, but if he does, boom, like a punch to the nuts! He'd floor you with his craziness.

Todd Jordan
11-30-2011, 04:16 PM
I have a feeling they'll go the route Toiyboiy suggested. Yeah he's a murdering scumbag, but it's not his fault. Look at his horrible childhood we felt the need to show you either at the movie's bginning or through flashbacks.

Ian Jane
11-30-2011, 04:33 PM
If they do, that will likely be dumb.

Todd Jordan
11-30-2011, 04:44 PM
And by expecting anything better than that is a pipe dream.

Ian Jane
11-30-2011, 04:47 PM
Maybe, but I'm holding out hope and you can't stop me.

Todd Jordan
11-30-2011, 05:03 PM
You sound like a gay Hobbit.

Ian Jane
11-30-2011, 05:23 PM
Toidd Jordan - DREAM CRUSHER.

Todd Jordan
11-30-2011, 06:32 PM
Crushed that shit before it even tapered.

Toyboy
11-30-2011, 07:48 PM
But that could work in his favor. You wouldn't expect him to pull it off, but if he does, boom, like a punch to the nuts! He'd floor you with his craziness.

He needs to, at one point, say "Fancy Schmancy" while combing hair.

They also need to work "Going to a Showdown" on the soundtrack, otherwise count me out.

Toyboy
11-30-2011, 07:54 PM
OT - Does anyone else suspect that Joe Spinell had a pillowy ball sack?

Paul Casey
11-30-2011, 10:28 PM
OT - Does anyone else suspect that Joe Spinell had a pillowy ball sack?

I'll bet it was puffy, but I'd give it more hang than pillow. That is, if by pillowy you mean "high and tight...and fat."

Clive Smith
12-01-2011, 08:02 AM
I'll bet it was puffy, but I'd give it more hang than pillow. That is, if by pillowy you mean "high and tight...and fat."

inverted commas... did someone actually say that?

Paul Casey
12-01-2011, 08:22 AM
inverted commas... did someone actually say that?

I think it's somewhere in Mein Kampf. I was quoting for safety.

Ian Jane
05-03-2012, 09:35 AM
Some footage from the set and interview bits with Wood in costume/make up.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVtZH1gyB6g&feature=share

Todd Jordan
05-03-2012, 11:11 AM
Artistic choice? It's exploitation. Fuck the art part.

Ian Jane
05-10-2012, 04:11 PM
Some images, courtesy of indiewire.com...

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Mark Tolch
05-11-2012, 09:42 PM
I dunno. I didn't particularly like MANIAC. And I used to hate Elijah Wood. But that dude, as weird looking as he is, handled himself pretty well in Green Street Hooligans, and as Ad Rock in Fight For Your Right Revisited. I gotta give the little dude credit.

Ian Jane
05-17-2012, 09:12 AM
The Cannes teaser spot just popped up online...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Nmgg7c-E6YA

Andrew Monroe
05-17-2012, 10:25 AM
What's next, THE BEAST IN HEAT remake starring Zach Galifianakis?

Clive Smith
05-17-2012, 11:27 AM
haha. Excellent.

Ian Jane
05-25-2012, 10:56 AM
And the full trailer surfaces (http://twitchfilm.com/news/2012/05/blood-breasts-and-elijah-wood-in-full-trailer-for-maniac.php).

Roderick
05-25-2012, 11:37 AM
After seeing the full trailer I'm actually kind of interested now.

Ian Jane
05-25-2012, 12:18 PM
Yean, me too. They're definitely going for a hard R from the looks of things and I think Wood might actually be a good choice for the lead.

Clive Smith
05-25-2012, 01:07 PM
I like the visual nod to the original poster art at the end.

Jimmy Simard
05-25-2012, 02:12 PM
Doesn't inspire me one bit to try to watch it... it just look too clean and Elijah Wood isn't Joe Spinell.

Barry M
05-25-2012, 02:22 PM
That was probably how they cast him.

"Let's get somebody who isn't Joe Spinell."
"Somebody not dead?"
"Mmmm... that, too."

sukebanboy
06-13-2012, 12:19 PM
I was pretty negative about them remaking this one....they obviously cant get Joe Spinell (or his sleaze factor!) back...and it was definitely a movie of its time....was worried it was gonna be "updated" and "rebooted" to match todays style of movie making for ADD douchebag teens....

BUT...after seeing the trailer, I am happier...and am actually looking forward to it now....STILL not convinced about Mr Wood being the maniac..but then HENRY wasnt a textbook movie killer sleazebag either...the direction also looks to recreate a strange and unsettling vibe too....and violence looks imminent!!!

but we will have to wait and see.....will be biggest surprise of the year if they pull it off!!!

sukebanboy
06-30-2012, 06:29 AM
Holy Shit guys (and gals)....judging from these early CANNES reviews, maybe they have nailed the remake....

http://www.filmoria.co.uk/2012/05/cannes-film-festival-2012-maniac-review/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/maniac-elijah-wood-cannes-review-329836

http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117947653/


Although this one balances it out for the negative..

http://www.quietearth.us/articles/2012/05/CANNES-2012-MANIAC-remake-is-lackluster-POV-slasher-review

WHO TO BELIEVE??????

( A couple of the reviews in another language say it is good...While the French language review on IMDB rips it to shreds....

My view...it MAY be good...but no Joe Spinelll = no legit MANIAC movie!!! ( and yes, I would have killed to have seen MR ROBBIE completed before he passed away...)

Ian Jane
06-30-2012, 12:06 PM
Is this really the one sheet for it? Meh. Not impressed.

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That Filmoria review definitely sells it though. Still pretty interested in this.

sukebanboy
07-01-2012, 06:20 AM
Dont mind that poster actually....quite restrained....and , you can agree, it could have been a WHOLE lot worse!!!

Ian Jane
07-01-2012, 09:55 AM
Yep, but it had serious competition from the original's poster.

sukebanboy
07-01-2012, 12:31 PM
Yep, but it had serious competition from the original's poster.

Ha ha..The chances of them getting something even REMOTELY similar to the iconic poster released of the original in these politically/ socially correct times is so small that there isnt a number small enough to describe it!!!

Like I said, could have been a LOT worse!

Goldberg
08-19-2012, 08:40 PM
Run to Williamsberg and stab the Dirty Projectors!!!

I just saw the MANIAC remake and it RUKES! Has a similar post-modern feel to AMER and DRIVE, great synth soundtrack, crazy fuck splatter and Elijah Wood as a nutcase HIPSTER!!! Just as sleazy and uncomfortable as the original! Don't worry, this remake doesn't suck cajones!

and it says 'A BLUE UNDERGROUND film' on the opening titles!!!

Larry Clark couldn't make a splatter film this good!

PS: It's shot in LA!

Todd Jordan
08-19-2012, 08:58 PM
Interest piqued...

Terry C
08-20-2012, 03:18 AM
This caught me off guard...

Alex K.
08-20-2012, 03:21 AM
I think the original is a good film, not perfect though but good. When Caroline Munro is introduced the film just stops in place and resumes around the 3rd act.

I'm all for a good remake.

Ian Jane
08-20-2012, 08:44 AM
I'm gonna merge this, cause that's what I do. I merge things.

The trailer made this one look pretty promising - I actually really want to see it.

Alex K.
08-20-2012, 08:59 AM
What's next, THE BEAST IN HEAT remake starring Zach Galifianakis?

I'd watch it.

sukebanboy
08-20-2012, 09:25 AM
Me too!!

Ian Jane
08-23-2012, 05:30 PM
According to Bloody Disgusting (http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3160755/ifc-midnight-slahes-inbto-alex-ajas-maniac-remake/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter), IFC has picked this up for North American theatrical release.

sukebanboy
08-26-2012, 07:46 PM
Just read two reviews that give very positive ratings to this remake.....

http://screen-space.squarespace.com/reviews/2012/8/12/maniac.html

http://supermarcey.com/2012/08/16/miff-12-maniac-2012/

Toyboy
08-30-2012, 09:21 PM
The chances of them getting something even REMOTELY similar to the iconic poster released of the original in these politically/ socially correct times is so small that there isnt a number small enough to describe it!!!


I read this the other day and was somewhat confused about what you're seeing in society right now. When a movie like KICK-ASS has a fairly successful theatrical run, high school kids are downloading SERBIAN FILM and a show like BREAKING BAD is immensely popular I can't really buy into that line of thinking. In spite of whatever warnings they might see kids are watching Adult Swim and Comedy Central. Regardless of what's on the poster this film appears to have a lot of sexual violence and my guess is nobody's gonna make much of a stink about it, not like back in the day when that was a HUGE no-no. We live in fairly loose times, all things considered.

Plus, I think this movie looks pretty decent and look forward to it maybe showing up on Netflix streaming.

sukebanboy
08-31-2012, 12:56 AM
No no please dont misunderstand..I wasnt talking about the film.....

I was ONLY talking about the poster for the movie.....and the fact that they would NEVER make a poster like that to advertise a movie these days as too many people would complain.....and that must have lead to the rather tame POSTER we have to advertise this (obviously) violent remake.....not really in the same "spirit" as the poster used to sell the original...

Sure, I doubt many would ,make a fuss about the MOVIE...but if they saw the original DVD cover in BEST BUY or whatever, the usual stink would arise (probably)..I am sure it would offend some..

sukebanboy
09-17-2012, 09:51 AM
The more reviews I read about this ..the more convinced I am it is going to be good ...9 out of 10 reviews are positive and mostly like this..


Technically flawless, the film sounds and looks incredible. Focused, dark and deeply disturbing, Maniac creates an atmosphere of which I haven’t experienced in a cinema in quite some time. One of the best films this year has had to offer so far.

They only point out that it is NOT for everyone...and that the female characters are pretty wooden...

They also say...

that it will NOT be uncut when released in America or Uk....that the effects are VERY good...That mr Wood is not in th e movie all that much..but when he is he is very good ...

They say FRANCE will get this just after Christmas...not sure when the rest of us will...

Ian Jane
09-17-2012, 09:59 AM
that it will NOT be uncut when released in America or Uk

Then I'll wait for a DVD/Blu-ray, which will probably be uncut.

sukebanboy
09-17-2012, 10:40 AM
Then I'll wait for a DVD/Blu-ray, which will probably be uncut.

But can you afford to miss this one if it plays in a theater near you???

i would LOVE to see this in the theater..Preferably with a load of Elijah Wood fans who wont know WTF is going o and be horribly scarred for life after watching it!!!!

Ian Jane
09-17-2012, 10:51 AM
Honestly, if it's going to be released cut in theaters, yeah, knowing that ahead of time I'll probably skip it and wait for home video.

sukebanboy
09-17-2012, 08:50 PM
But you can't get the sleaze and violence in the full theatrical experience at home!!!

Ian Jane
09-18-2012, 09:20 AM
And you won't get it in a cut theatrical presentation either!

sukebanboy
09-18-2012, 10:43 AM
And you won't get it in a cut theatrical presentation either!

You'll get it a LITTLE...:biggrin:

But I was thinking of the ATMOSPHERE of seeing this in a theater....won't be the same sat at home...

Ian Jane
09-18-2012, 10:53 AM
I'm more reclusive as I get older I guess. Give me my couch and a six pack with an HDTV and a Blu-ray player over an overpriced theater full of smart phone junkies any day of the week. That's not to say I don't enjoy the theatrical experience, I do, I just have trouble justifying the costs lately and tend to have a fairly serious hate boner for 75% of the people sitting around me.

sukebanboy
09-18-2012, 11:01 AM
Haha...I know the feeling believe me.....

But SOMETIMES a movie is worth the effort......For me, this one might just be tempting enough to try and get to see it on the big screen.....

Ian Jane
11-06-2012, 10:55 AM
By way of Fangoria (http://www.fangoria.com/index.php/home/all-news/1-latest-news/8097-qmaniacq-international-trailer-is-bloody-spoilery), a new international trailer loaded with blood and possibly spoilers!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gSVli--dvQo

sukebanboy
11-07-2012, 05:31 AM
The more i see of this one.......The more I want to see it......

Now, if you had told me I would feel that way back when this one was announced with f-ing FRODO as joe Spinell, I would have openly laughed in your face.......But now......I am confident this one will be good!

Ian Jane
11-07-2012, 11:05 AM
Frodo played a good psycho in Sin City, no reason he can't do the same here.

sukebanboy
11-07-2012, 07:56 PM
Frodo played a good psycho in Sin City, no reason he can't do the same here.

Ohhh....forgot about that Ian!!

But come on...JOE SPINELL was in a WHOLE other class of sleaze in MANIAC!!!

ZoSo
11-08-2012, 01:33 AM
I hope the special edition DVD comes with a soundtrack CD shaped like Elijah Wood's head!

bgart13
11-08-2012, 02:45 AM
...soundtrack CD shaped like Elijah Wood's head!

Which one...? :p

Ian Jane
11-08-2012, 10:46 AM
But come on...JOE SPINELL was in a WHOLE other class of sleaze in MANIAC!!!

Oh no doubt, I can't see anyone ever topping Spinell's work in the original. But I think Frodo is going to do a good job here.

Richard--W
11-08-2012, 06:32 PM
Who needs a remake of MANIAC.
It is not a film that needs to be remade. That's a compliment.

Elijah Wood is one of England's finest.
I don't think much of his choices, lately.

sukebanboy
11-16-2012, 12:40 PM
Like all remakes...in a perfect world they would compliment the original movie.....or update it...give another interpretation of the original....at least improve on bits such as SFX, tevhnical advances etc WITHOUT shiting on the original.....

This rarely happens I think...but when it does it is welcome...

Ian Jane
12-04-2012, 06:29 PM
Some new stills have surfaced by way of Kino Gallery (http://www.kinogallery.com/films/foto.php?id=maniac).

sukebanboy
12-04-2012, 08:18 PM
I thought the movie didn't show Elijah that often?

He seems to be in an awful lot of those pics!

He doesn't look as SLEAZY as Spinell did (which actually leads to my ONLY gripe with the first one...HOW did he pull Caroline Munro?) ...but the intensity is there!

Ian Jane
12-05-2012, 10:19 AM
It is. I'm also glad to see that it looks like they've kept the whole mannequin thing going on. I always thought that was part of what made the first one so creepy and sleazy was how Spinell had all those mannequins. Not sure why, but that seemed unhealthy to me. Made his character appear more deranged.

Ian Jane
02-07-2013, 12:45 PM
UK quad poster is pretty cool. Dig how they used the tag line from the original.

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Ian Jane
02-13-2013, 12:41 PM
No word on a domestic release via IFC yet but Metrodome brings this to UK theaters March 15.

New UK trailer...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVI32sbeJcw

sukebanboy
02-13-2013, 08:09 PM
Wonder how much they will cut for the UK release!!!

UPDATE!!


Metrodome Distribution have informed blu-ray.com that it has been confirmed by the BBFC that Franck Khalfoun's Maniac has not been cut back from its original Fright Fest reel which has now been rated as an 18.


BUT....it doesn't say if the FESTIVAL print had already been cut or not.....

Maybe the power of the hobbit has worked his magic on this one???

Roderick
03-13-2013, 11:38 AM
Very positive review HERE. (http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/03/13/maniac-review)

Clive Smith
03-16-2013, 04:29 AM
Just seen this. It's very nasty in places with some incredible effects and camera work. Little more than a succession of stalk and kill scenes threaded with an unconvincing romance (like the original). The dialogue and delivery isn't so great and combined with most of it being POV, kept me out of the movie. A lot to admire but tough to like.
Note: don't take the Missus.

Oh... and the 80's style synth score is awesome!

sukebanboy
03-16-2013, 05:42 AM
Just seen this. It's very nasty in places with some incredible effects and camera work. Little more than a succession of stalk and kill scenes threaded with an unconvincing romance (like the original). The dialogue and delivery isn't so great and combined with most of it being POV, kept me out of the movie. A lot to admire but tough to like. Note: don't take the Missus.

Haha...sounds like they nailed it to be honest!!:biggrin:

MonkeyBeat
03-16-2013, 12:51 PM
Note: don't take the Missus.


Maybe I should be worried that my chick wants to see this way more than I do.

Clive Smith
03-16-2013, 03:12 PM
Well, my comment was based entirely on my Missus' reaction. The film could easily be regarded as misogynistic by some.

Horace Cordier
03-16-2013, 03:39 PM
I like your ballsy taste in date night movies Clive. Sure it can go horribly wrong, but I always say - go big or go home.

Clive Smith
03-16-2013, 05:01 PM
Thanks, Horace. My wife's generally inured to a lot of the crap I watch, but she closed her eyes a couple of times during this baby. "... get out of the kitchen."

sukebanboy
03-16-2013, 06:12 PM
Thanks, Horace. My wife's generally inured to a lot of the crap I watch, but she closed her eyes a couple of times during this baby. "... get out of the kitchen."

Haha..I agree 100% with Horace....Clive, I admire your balls in taking a female you are involved with to this movie!

DEFINITELY a test of a relationship on most counts!

Is a girl still tlaks to you the day after seeing it together, she's a keeper!!!:biggrin:

Seeing as my other half didn't want to see GHOST RIDER on account that Rider was a bit scary looking....... I am in two minds as to whether or not to take her to see this one...:biggrin:

sukebanboy
04-07-2013, 11:31 AM
Still eagerly awaiting the day when I can see this one!!!

Ian Jane
04-24-2013, 01:28 PM
Korean poster. Neat.

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Clive Smith
04-24-2013, 04:55 PM
Yeah, that's great. I wish some other folks on here could see this and pump some opinions!

Paul Casey
04-24-2013, 05:02 PM
Korean poster. Neat.

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Damn, that mannequin on the left has some serious titties! She better be in it.

sukebanboy
04-24-2013, 08:15 PM
HAHA...nice to see on that Korean poster that they say..... (LORD OF THE RINGS) Elijah Wood

I can feel that many people will go into Korean theaters and get a bit of a shock!!!!:biggrin:

Ian Jane
04-25-2013, 09:36 AM
I just wanna see the fucking thing already. Legally and in good quality. So that I can argue with Clive on the internet.

Clive Smith
04-25-2013, 10:55 AM
Bring it.

sukebanboy
04-25-2013, 11:32 AM
Wouldn't watch the Korean release anyway...it will be cut to bits!!

Ian Jane
05-01-2013, 09:38 AM
I don't believe it was mentioned yet that this is getting a Blu-ray release in France on 7/3/13 (http://www.amazon.fr/Maniac-Blu-ray/dp/B00B7K0K98?SubscriptionId=AKIAIY4YSQJMFDJATNBA&tag=bluraycom05-21&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00B7K0K98&m=A1X6FK5RDHNB96).

2-disc set. Extras are stated as:

Edition Collector en boîtier SteelBook
Contient :
- le Blu-ray du film
- le CD Audio de la bande originale du film
Making of
Red Band Trailer
Bande-annonce

So I'm guessing that 2nd disc is the CD.

Still no fucking word from IFC on a domestic release.

sukebanboy
05-12-2013, 10:56 AM
Seen it!

Liked it a lot.......Elijah is no Joe Spinell...and they have made him into more of a Norman Bates type personality on this version..and they also explained why he kills people (did they explain this in the original??..Cant remember)

It is VERY gory in parts..The scalpings are very realistic..and a few of the nastier parts even had ME looking away a bit!!!

The tacky "model photo shoot" is gone..but in a different way...and most of the beats of the original are in there....LOVED the reflection shot on the car door!!!!

The P_O_V shots that make up most of the movie are ok when you get used to it...But Elijahs voice is a bit unnerving...

The "romance" is a little more easy to take with Elijah rather than Spinell as well :biggrin:

There are a few genuine suprises...but I was a bit irked by the "why is there absolutely no one else around a busy city to help" ..Things were a little too easy for the MANIAC!!!..

Also, everything appeared too "clean" in this version..not seedy like the original!!

Overall, good remake, VERY violent, Very bloody , well made...and with a few twists to keep it on its merry way!!!

Wish I'd seen it in the theater...but there was NO CHANCE it would get through uncut over here I think!~!

Oh, and no need to worry about the lack of mannequins...There are in the remake even more than the original I think!!....:biggrin:

bgart13
05-12-2013, 01:42 PM
I thought it was ok. Agreed that Wood is no Spinell -- he really is a one-of-a-kind actor. Glad they didn't try to find someone who looked and acted like him. The POV style got tiresome for me, though. But, yeah -- very violent and gory -- they didn't wimp out. I still prefer the original, though.

Also, I thought it was great that modern downtown LA worked so well as a grimy, nasty location in lieu of Times Square from the early 80's. Much more effective than I expected it to be.

sukebanboy
05-12-2013, 06:51 PM
Also, I thought it was great that modern downtown LA worked so well as a grimy, nasty location in lieu of Times Square from the early 80's. Much more effective than I expected it to be.

Yeah..I agree.....they made it look a very dodgy area to be in....:biggrin:

The cinematography was too "clean" and crisp for a movie like this though...should have gone for the 5th generation video copy look to make it sleazier..

Yeah, Spinell was one of a kind..But Wood's voice didnt really fit...probably because it was all after dubbed coz of the POV route they took....Was nice when he was onscreen, but there were a few times I was thinking "how did they film it like that" that took me out of the movie....

Still, as good a remake as we were going to get I think...Unless someone like Cronenberg or Lynch gave it a go!!!

Ian Jane
05-21-2013, 03:18 PM
Bloody Disgusting just posted the US poster art.

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Jens Thomsen
05-22-2013, 06:57 AM
That's quite creepy!

It was shown at a three-day horror movie festival here last year, but I did not get to see it, unfortunately. Most of the people who did, however, said it was great.

There's a British BD coming out on July 1st.

Ian Jane
05-22-2013, 09:46 AM
I'm wondering if the British Blu-ray will be uncut though? I haven't seen confirmation of that. The French one that's already out (and has English audio) is supposedly uncut.

Ian Jane
05-22-2013, 02:32 PM
And another new poster.

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sukebanboy
05-26-2013, 05:54 AM
They are really doing some great posters for this movie!

And the movie deserves it!

Jens Thomsen
05-26-2013, 09:23 AM
I'm wondering if the British Blu-ray will be uncut though? I haven't seen confirmation of that. The French one that's already out (and has English audio) is supposedly uncut.

Over at blu-ray.com someone wrote that the BBFC had passed it uncut, and that it had been shown uncut in British cinemas.

sukebanboy
05-26-2013, 11:29 PM
Over at blu-ray.com someone wrote that the BBFC had passed it uncut, and that it had been shown uncut in British cinemas.

Because of the reputation of the original...and the kind of movie it is, maybe the distributors PRECUT it before submission.....

Or maybe the power of FRODO got it through uncut!!

Ian Jane
05-27-2013, 09:32 AM
Both of those are valid theories.

Ian Jane
06-20-2013, 12:30 PM
Fangoria's got an interesting interview up today with Wood about the movie and some of his other horor related projects.

http://www.fangoria.com/new/elijah-wood-talks-maniac-upcoming-fear-features-nyc-appearances-this-weekend/

Ian Jane
07-15-2013, 10:41 AM
Domestic Blu-ray release slated from IFC for 10/15/13. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DPUB57Y/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00DPUB57Y&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20) Right now it's at $10.96. Which is rad.

Paul L
07-15-2013, 05:18 PM
By all accounts, the UK Blu seems to be uncut. It runs for 88:50.

I bought it about a week and a half ago. I've still to watch it, though. I'll hopefully get round to it this week.

Koukol
07-16-2013, 12:25 AM
I hate to be the wet blanket again but other than the fantastic gore FX I didn't like this film.

For this type of film they should have cast someone creepier and more threatening than Eijah.
Between his acting and the POV script it just didn't work for me.

It just didn't reach the level of sleaziness if the original or even a film like HENRY has.

But I have to say the scalpings looked great and I loved the tendon slice.

Ian Jane
09-04-2013, 03:04 PM
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Ian Jane
09-23-2013, 02:38 PM
So Fango (http://www.fangoria.com/new/final-maniac-remake-blu-raydvdetails-two-covers/) says the cover art is reversible.

Here's what's on the flipside:

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Paul L
09-23-2013, 05:40 PM
I watched this a while back, via the UK Blu. Better than I expected, with some interesting ideas and I thought the POV concept worked much better than it should. However, it's no great shakes.

Ian Jane
10-16-2013, 09:07 AM
I watched the US Blu-ray last night and thought it was well done. Wood is not Spinell, you have to accept that obviously, and he doesn't really try to channel him or ape his performance, which is to the movie's benefit. At the same time, he plays a crazy guy well. The gore was pretty strong, the concept decent enough and as Paul notes, the POV angle does work better than it really has any right to. I figured about 5 minutes in I was going to hate this based on the POV cinematography but as the movie progressed and I saw how creative they were getting with it, I actually wound up really impressed with that aspect of the movie.

This won't replace the original, Lustig's movie is still the better version (Spinell really cannot be topped) but this is a solid horror picture.

Nolando
10-16-2013, 11:58 AM
I wanna see this one as I'm still a fairly solid Aja fanboy, admittedly. But tough to see how this could top the original.

Mark Tolch
10-16-2013, 07:14 PM
I thought it was okay. I've never been big on the original, but only because it does what it does very well, and I find myself repulsed by Spinell...so good for them. This one was a little more flashy, definitely lacks a lot of the grit of the original, but it's still a nasty bit of work, especially considering that it's Elijah Wood. Worth seeing, I guess, but I probably wouldn't see it again. I also, like Noland, a fan of Aja's work.

Ian Jane
10-17-2013, 08:53 AM
Seeing Elijah Wood get head is creepy. And when the camera panned down to his feet, as we were watching it we both yelled out 'AHHHH HOBBIT FEET!'

Mark Tolch
10-17-2013, 10:19 AM
Hahaha, Hobbit Feet.

Ace
10-19-2013, 11:29 AM
Just letting everyone know it is on Netflix Streaming now. It is Unrated and in HD.

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The Silly Swede
11-30-2013, 06:31 PM
I finally saw this. (Late to the party as Always)

My thoughts: To repetitive with the killings and POV. It was a nice touch but brought nothing to the film as it progressed. Elijah flat out sucks. I liked the Music but the general mood felt contrived. Some of the vicitms were dumb as only vicitms in horror films are which annoyed me. I felt this film was decent though, but loses more then it gains by being a remake.

Alex K.
11-30-2013, 07:20 PM
I thought it was pretty fucking good. Only thing I disliked is that it still followed the structure and conclusion of the original.

The Silly Swede
11-30-2013, 07:22 PM
I thought it was pretty fucking good. Only thing I disliked is that it still followed the structure and conclusion of the original.

Even Elijah? Surely you cannot have liked him!

sukebanboy
11-30-2013, 09:37 PM
Even Elijah? Surely you cannot have liked him!

I thought he did ok in the role.....obviously no where near the ability of SPINELL, so the director obviously veered him away from even trying :biggrin:......I think he played it a bit "off" on purpose..and it DID put ME off a bit at first...but i kinda accepted him at the end....
To be honest his performance was ok...but it highlighted the sheer BRILLIANCE of Spinell's MANIAC portrayal....old school method acting at its finest!!

Ian Jane
12-01-2013, 11:17 AM
I liked that Elijah did it his own way. He didn't try to 'do Spinnell' because he probably knew it wouldn't be possible. He brings his own take to the character and the movie is better for it.

sukebanboy
12-01-2013, 12:02 PM
I liked that Elijah did it his own way. He didn't try to 'do Spinnell' because he probably knew it wouldn't be possible. He brings his own take to the character and the movie is better for it.

Just had a thought who would have been great in the role....john leguizamo...sure he could have pulled off the sleazy loner part well...