MIFF 2012 Part Nine: Maniac

[images from Big Star]

Friday 17th August, 11:30pm

A remake of the 1980 cult slasher film, Maniac stars Elijah Wood as Frank, a man who likes to scalp women and dress his mannequins with their hair.  The film is visually stunning; shot entirely in first person, the only glimpses of our protagonist come from his reflection in mirrors and windows.  The violence is incredibly graphic and over the top, to the point that it’s quite humorous [but that’s really not a bad thing].  Maniac is not really a film to see by yourself at 11:30 on a Friday night when you’re incredibly tired, but I’d certainly recommend it for a movie night with friends – although it’s definitely not for the sqeamish.

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