Grisly Red Band Trailer for Franck Khalfoun's Maniac Starring Elijah Wood
05.24.12 by BJSprecher
When most people think of Elijah Wood, they almost immediately associate him with family-friendly roles, such as Frodo Baggins, the loyal and brave Hobbit who saves all of Middle-earth in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, or as the voice of Mumble in the Happy Feet movies. But, the fresh-faced thirty-one-year-old has also taken his turn acting in more adult fare, playing darker characters like the cannibal killer Kevin in Robert Rodriguez's Sin City with the same zeal he puts into his lighter work.
Wood will return to the Shire this December, once again portraying Frodo in Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and it's likely he will once again lend his voice to Mumble should a third Happy Feet go into production, but he has also returned to the dark side in his latest movie, portraying a crazed killer who scalps women to adorn his collection of mannequins in director Franck Khalfoun's (M.I.L.F.) Maniac. The first trailer for the movie has been released and it shows Wood at his psycho-best, but be warned: IT. IS. GRISLY. Watch at your own risk.
Just when the streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and on the hunt.
Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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 LA, 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.
Maniac is based on the 1980 movie of the same name by director William Lustig. It does not yet have a release date.