Maniac, with Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder. Director, Franck Khalfoun. Being a fan of horror, I was intrigued by Wood being in this film. That was the draw. My disappointment that he didn’t bring anything special to the film, other than his talent, was enough to ruin my day. Big stars, generally famous & successful because their capabilities are extensive; frequently star, support or otherwise get along in independent films. Foregoing the big bucks in exchange for doing something fun, groundbreaking or for personal reasons of their own. I was expecting great twists, an eclectic plot or, at the very least, new cinematic advances. Anything. There was nothing. Just an adequate & smooth story. Nothing frightening or memorable.
Wood does, actually, do a nice “maniac” with the camera’s focus from the crazy’s perspective. In a film where nothing is inherently wrong, production-wise, it was notable halfway through the feature that there was to be nothing more to offer than was was seen in the first ten minutes. I like Wood. How could anyone not? However; another actor might have gone off-cue with an ad-lib or two. Maybe an eye twitch or some excess drool.
The only creepy thing about the movie was the non-stop murder, but even that was a bit boring.
Avoid this film, if you’re looking for originality & content. It’s a remake of an earlier movie; therefore, only a useless celebration. Smoothness & alacrity does not make a great film, merely something to watch.