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Maniac (2012) Rating:
- Dylan = 8 / 10;
- Eloise = 8 / 10;
- Raoul = 8.5 / 10;
- Simina = 4 / 10;
- IMDB = 6.1/10;
- Rotten Tomatoes = 4.4/10.
Maniac (2012) Synopsis:
The film follows the descent into madness of a serial killer who hunts down young women, kill them and collect their scalps.
Maniac (2012) Review:
Maniac is definitely one of 2012 must-see film. The first person view used throughout most of the movie manages to create an unbelievably tense atmosphere. This way of shooting puts the viewer in such a position that you quickly start to identify to the killer, following his chronological rise into madness and his cold-tempered kills. I never felt so much into the mind of the killer. This a very unsettling feeling that I never had experienced before with horror movies. The multiple visual effects (blurring, shaking, lots of red on white) add an artistic facet to the movie, and cleverly help to immerse you into the crazy mood of the film. Elijah Wood’s performance, without being stunning, is very convincing.
The idea of the mannequin-fetishism is exploited to the maximum and gives to Maniac originality that clashes with the usual resemblance of most modern slasher. My only drawback was to found the movie quite repetitive and lengthy at times, with the various murder that ends up being very similar.
Overall, Franck Khalfoun and Alexandre Aja made a wonderful job with this remake of the 1980’s Maniac. I would recommend to everyone to run and watch it while it is screening at the cinema!