Why Frodo? Why? Trailer for Maniac
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Why Frodo? Why? Trailer for Maniac

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | November 7, 2012 | Comments ()


Apparently Elijah Wood, of the creepy eyes, hairy feet, and constant flirting with Sean Astin (only two of those three can be attributed to Peter Jackson's CGI, so I choose to believe that all three are real), has decided that the turn he took as a psychotic murderer in Sin City suits him quite well. He's now starring in a remake of the exceedingly low budget 1980 film Maniac. It was so low budget that they filmed many scenes as quickly as they could on the fly since they didn't actually have filming permits.

The film had this poster which just screams for needing a remake:


Wow, modern art right there.

Here are some of the reviewer quotes about the original movie:

"Good sense, if not heaven, should protect anyone who thinks he likes horror films from wasting a price of admission on "Maniac," a movie that shows how an aging, pot-bellied maniac slices up young women of no great intelligence." -Vincent Canby

"Maniac (1980) is alternately repellent and boring, despite the obvious intelligence that went into its making." -Stuart Galbraith IV

Gene Siskel walked out of the film after 30 minutes, insisting that no matter what happened in the rest of the movie, it "could not redeem itself."

If this is getting remade, they might officially be running out of movies to remake. But hey, this time they're telling the story from the point of view of the killer! That's like so totally different. I mean come on Frodo, don't you have any royalties coming in from New Zealand? Here's the trailer, that other than the nudity and amount of violence, just made me keep expecting that it would cut to the opening credits of "Criminal Minds".

I'd pay real money if the film ends with Elijah Wood dancing with a chair and pouring a bucket of water on himself.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Buck Forty

    The film looks legitimate to me, but unfortunately it's legitimizing torture porn. It looks like a validation/'how to...' movie.

  • John G.

    How could little Elijah Wood overpower anyone? It's like being chased and attacked by a 10 year old boy.

  • Zuffle

    That looks fucking abhorrent. Like One Hour Photo with bitch-scalping, or American Psycho remade for twenty bucks with no sense of irony or satire. I will never see it, even on Netflix.

    Also, Elijah Wood's not going to be taken seriously as anything but a Hobbit for life now, is he? That's karma for you.

  • MadeFromClay

    Doesn't it make sense to remake films with a decent premise that didn't live up to potential, for whatever reason, rather than remake a great film? Ill answer for you, of course it makes sense. Please pick up stories which were never quite transferred properly and remake those, rather than butchering well known, well loved films which don't need the remake treatment. They might be running out of films to remake, but I would rather hollywood etc. remake unknown films rather than well known films.

  • Dragonchild

    Not quite sure what point you're making? Though I haven't seen the original, I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that not only was the original "Maniac" not great, but that you'll agree. Second, having read up on the premise. . . it's awful. So while I get that it's a good idea to re-make films that had more potential than success, I still don't see the need to re-make THIS film.

    If we can assume a project happens to be blessed with a competent crew, re-making slasher flicks ain't a good use of resources. A better candidate would be a cerebral film that didn't age well, like "Forbidden Planet".

  • PDamian

    I get a lot of flak from folks who deride my love of horror films, saying that anyone who watches crap like this on a regular basis should have his/her head examined. I'm at great pains to point out that films of this ilk aren't horror films as I understand them. They're torture porn, intended to titillate and amuse the misogynists, creeps and lowest of low-brow'd among us. Far from horrifying, these movies aim to please the scummiest of scum. And those who are horrified by such dreck are not the primary audience for it -- rather, they're an ancillary pleasure for those who get off on it, an opportunity to point and laugh at squeamishness. Fuckers. Elijah, son, I am disappoint.

  • celery


  • The original is a super campy slasher. That's the value to audiences. From what I've read, the remake is going in a very different direction. It basically is Frodo returning to Sin City, only in full color.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    I've never seen the original - but Caroline Munro is listed as cast... yum.

  • AudioSuede

    Uh, so my stomach is now slightly less full. Anybody else?

  • JenVegas

    Ladies, seriously, if you insist on wearing high-heels and you find yourself running away from a maniac in a large, empty train station take OFF your shoes. Just pick 'em up...or don't. Use them as a weapon later or just kick them away. This is the only legitimate lesson to be learned from most of these stupid horror movies.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I'm not normally squeamish, but the last shot made me a little sick. Have a care watching that trailer.

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