Maniac is one of those slashers that people either love or hate. It’s as polarizing as it is under seen. The entire point of the story is to follow a serial killer around as he does his thing in NYC. He finds a girl, kills her, and takes her scalp as a trophy. That’s the gist of the film.
Now, the remake starring Elijah Wood as the murderer is debuting at the Cannes Film Festival. This particular festival is very genre-friendly. Shoot, Lloyd Kaufman made a documentary about Troma participating in the festival about ten years ago. There’s the actual competitive festivals and then a variety of alternate programming happening at the same time. The strangest part is how often horror, sci-fi, and fantasy not only makes it into the actual competition but wins acting awards.
But I digress. The Maniac remake is one of the non-competitive Midnight Screenings. Will we get a chance to see Elijah Wood expand on his work as a psychopath in Sin City on the big screen? We’ll know soon enough if Maniac gets a theatrical release.
Thoughts? I’m one of the Maniac fans and think the new first person angle could improve the story. What do you think?