Upon first hearing about a planned remake of the 1980 William Lustig gorefest Maniac, I was pretty surprised because I didn’t necessarily feel it really needed to be remade. On the flipside though, I wasn’t rioting in the streets (slight exaggeration) like when I had first heard about the ill fated Nightmare On Elm Street remake with a muppet looking Freddy Krueger. Then came the Maniac remake news of who would be playing the role of our fearless hero….oops….I mean our deranged, voices in my head, psycho woman killer Frank. He really was a charmer, wasn’t he ladies? Anyway, it was announced that none other than Elijah Wood would be handling the knife, among other instruments of torture and death, in the psychotic role that Joe Spinell made so famous in the original. Yep – you heard right. Frodo is going to be a serial killer.
The good news on the streets of Maniacville is that the remake is pretty good and just as sick and twisted as the original. Although, that’s already quite evident from the red band trailer that appeared online a while back. And now we get the news today that IFC Midnight as acquired all North American rights to the flick, so does this mean that we could see some good ol’ fashioned Frodo scalp cutting sooner than we think in theaters?
My guts tell me that this obviously won’t get a wide release, but will most likely play the VOD and art house cinema circuit. No complaints on that though, isn’t that right crazy Joe Spinell?
I for one, being the self proclaimed horror junkie that I am, welcome more remakes like this one. Remakes that take a chance, but still hold on to the elements that made the original something that people talked about and remember today. I’ll have to reserve full judgement however until I actually see the finished project, but my hopes are fairly high that all involved will do the original Maniac proud. And now to ruin your Friday breakfast, here’s the red band (meaning NSFW) trailer for the upcoming Maniac remake: