Maniac

(2013)

Just when the streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and on the hunt. Frank (Elijah Wood) is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna (Nora Arnezeder) appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank's obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill. A 21st century Jack the Ripper set in present day L.A., Franck Khalfoun's Maniac, produced by Alexandre Aja, and composed by Rob of the band "Phoenix", is a re-boot of the William Lustig cult film considered by many to be the most suspensseful slasher movie ever made - an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and projoundly horrific trip into the downward spiralling nightmare of a killer and his victims.

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Maniac’ Featurette 'Portrait of a Serial Killer'

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Maniac’ Featurette 'Portrait of a Serial Killer'

We have an exclusive bonus feature clip from Maniac, the chilling horror film from IFC Films starring Elijah Wood, which releases on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Watch as the cast and crew delve into the methods of madness behind this elusive serial killer.

A disturbed young man who gives the mannequins in his store some very lifelike touches is the monster at the center of the shocker of the year. Elijah Wood, in a role unlike any he has ever undertaken, stars in Maniac, the new macabre masterpiece from the creator of the hit thrillers High Tension and The Hills Have Eyes. The film slashes its way onto Blu-ray and DVD from IFC Films and MPI Media Group on October 15, 2013.

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EXCLUSIVE: Elijah Wood Talks ‘Maniac’

EXCLUSIVE: Elijah Wood Talks ‘Maniac’

Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank's obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill. A 21st century Jack the Ripper set in present day L.A., Maniac is a re-boot of the cult film considered by many to be the most suspenseful slasher movie ever made, an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiralling nightmare of a killer and his victims.

Considered an icon of his generation at only 32 years of age, Elijah Wood literally goes inside the mind of Frank, the killer with an appetite for scalps. Though shot mostly through the character's POV, we caught up with the actor to talk about his unique experience on set, which required him to be available at all times despite his limited amount of screen time. Check out our exclusive interview with Elijah Wood as he expands his artistic reach with this truly great thriller from writer/producer Alexandre Aja and director Franck Khalfoun. In select New York theaters and available on VOD now. In select Los Angeles theaters starting this Friday, June 28.

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‘Maniac’ 20-Minute Blood and Gore Featurette

‘Maniac’ 20-Minute Blood and Gore Featurette

Fans of the 1980 horror classic Maniac who think the upcoming remake may not be as gory as the original should put those fears to rest by watching an all-new extended 20-minute featurette about the making of the movie. Maniac director Franck Khalfoun, writer-producer Alexandre Aja, star Elijah Wood and makeup FX artist Mike McCarty take us behind-the-scenes and show off how some of these gruesome effects were created. We see that Elijah Wood's Frank actually takes the scalps off women, unlike the original which "held back" on some of the gorier moments, according to McCarty. We also examine Frank's weapons of choice, and much more from this bloody thriller, debuting on VOD and in New York theaters today, with a theatrical expansion to follow in the coming weeks.

Maniac was released June 21st, 2013.

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‘Maniac’ Final Poster

‘Maniac’ Final Poster

Armed with a razor-sharp hunting knife, Frank (Elijah Wood) goes on the hunt in Los Angeles for fresh victims in the latest poster for Maniac. Franck Khalfoun (P2, High Tension) directs this intense thriller that follows Frank as he tries to keep his bloodlust under control, when he meets a young art student (Nora Arnezeder) seeking help for her upcoming exhibit. Hopefully, for Frank's sake, he doesn't wander out in public too often clenching a knife and a fistful of human hair, because people tend to notice that type of bad behavior in L.A.

Maniac was released June 21st, 2013.

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‘Maniac’ Poster with Elijah Wood

‘Maniac’ Poster with Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood surveys his latest female victim in the bloody poster for Maniac, director Franck Khalfoun's horror remake debuting on VOD and in select theaters June 21. Based on William Lustig's 1980 classic of the same name, this thriller centers on Frank (Elijah Wood), a mannequin store owner whose unrelenting thirst for killing emerges once again. Check out a bedroom that is in serious need of some cleaning in this gruesome one-sheet.

Maniac was released June 21st, 2013.

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‘Maniac’ Photos with Elijah Wood and Nora Arnezeder

‘Maniac’ Photos with Elijah Wood and Nora Arnezeder

A deranged Elijah Wood and a terrified Nora Arnezeder are showcased in six photos from Maniac, directed by Franck Khalfoun (P2). This remake of William Lustig's 1980 horror classic follows Frank (Elijah Wood), the reserved owner of a mannequin store who used to stalk the streets at night, looking for the perfect human scalps. When an artist (Nora Arnezeder) seeks Frank's help for her upcoming exhibit, his thirst for killing awakens inside him. Check out a bloody Elijah Wood as you've never seen him before in these shots from the upcoming thriller, in theaters June 21.

Maniac was released June 21st, 2013.

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Second ‘Maniac’ Trailer with Elijah Wood

Second ‘Maniac’ Trailer with Elijah Wood

A man working in a mannequin shop turns to murder to forget his promiscuous mother in this horror remake, in select theaters and on VOD June 21st.
‘Maniac’ Soundtrack Cover Art Pays Homage to Original Film

‘Maniac’ Soundtrack Cover Art Pays Homage to Original Film

Fans can purchase the 16-track album for $10.99, or each individual song for 99 cents on iTunes.