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Watch: Elijah Wood Goes Scalping In New Red Band Trailer For 'Maniac'

by Cain Rodriguez
November 6, 2012 9:18 AM
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Elijah Wood in "Maniac"

Since achieving early success as a child actor, Elijah Wood has always been pegged as a goody two-shoes on screen. After the end of the “Lord Of The Rings” trilogy however, Wood has seemed hell bent on trying to reverse that image by appearing in true-blue genre projects -- including a turn as the mute cannibal in “Sin City” -- and he’s continuing that streak with the horror remake “Maniac,” which now has a particularly gruesome red band trailer online.

A redo of Bill Lustig’s 1980’s film, “Maniac” is transplanted from the grimy New York of the late seventies to the desolate wasteland of Los Angeles -- you can catch a glimpse of the famed 2nd Street Tunnel, which you may recognize from “Blade Runner” and “The Terminator” -- and follows Wood as a homicidal loner who lives in a mannequin factory. The bloody red band trailer makes no bones about the kind of movie you’re in for -- there are at least three different scalpings in the trailer alone -- and appears to be a pretty good indicator for mood and atmosphere of the film.

Our own reviewer recently gave the film a B+, and called the POV-heavy film “a kind of even-more-violent version of 'Drive.'” “Maniac” currently has no North American release date set, but hits French theaters around Christmas. Check out the red band trailer below.

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  • RNL | November 6, 2012 1:31 PMReply

    I thought the entire film was POV, but there's a clearly non-POV shot at 1:17. Are there non-POV dream sequences, maybe? How much of the film is actually POV?

  • AA | November 7, 2012 3:36 PM

    I'm pretty sure they do a lot of composited shots involving mirrors for the sequences when you see him, and he may, on occasion, rise out of himself bodily during some of the murders. It's meant to be the perspective of a seriously unbalanced dude.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | November 6, 2012 10:03 AMReply


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