Very rare nowadays when a horror remake announcement gets me excited. But excitement is exactly what has happened with the news that William Lustig’s 1988 killer cop movie, Maniac Cop, is indeed officially getting the remake treatment.
So, why does this peek my interest exactly? The main reason being that it’s actually a film that could benefit from a reworking. I liken it to the re-imaging of My Bloody Valentine that came out in 2009. That movie paid homage to the 1981 original, and at the same time, kept it fresh and fun. Also exciting for this Maniac Cop remake is the fact that original director William Lustig will be involved in some way, as well as Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Vahalla Rising). Add all of that together and throw it in a blender, and I’m ready to see Officer Cordell tear some new shit up!
The biggest plus that I’ve heard however according to Screen Crush is that the Maniac Cop redo is being written by Ed Brubaker, who recently wrote Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Now all we need is Robert Z’Dar and his magnificent cranium to make a surprise guest appearance! Well, actually – that’s not all that we need. What we really need is an updated funky fresh new version of the “Maniac Cop Rap” that we were originally blessed with in 1990 in Maniac Cop 2. Peep the original funky freshness below if you don’t know what I’m talking about:
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.
*you can just feel the evil pouring out of that goofy ass smile*
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? Continue reading →