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Maniac

3

Elijah Wood loses the plot

A cold-eyed Elijah Wood goes nuts as Frank, the killer with a scalp fetish, in Franck khalfoun’s remake of the 1980 grindhouse classic. 

Yet Wood is seldom seen: the big gimmick is that everything is shot from Frank’s perspective, swapping traditional tension for unflinching voyeurism.

The blunt discomfort of those first-person slayings retains the original’s sleazy ambience, but Khalfoun applies as much digital gloss as low-budget grot by setting events in a sleek LA. 

The tonal shifts mirror the audacious attempt to visualise Frank’s state of mind, although Khalfoun’s ambitions are undercut by fussy symbolism and undergrad psychology.

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