Cannes 2012: 'Maniac' Red Band Trailer Starring Elijah Wood

Maniac Red Band Trailer
Photo: Wild Bunch

I may have left Cannes, but the Festival is not over yet. The Midnight Screening of Franck Khalfoun's Maniac is set to take place at 12:45 AM CET on Saturday and we now have our first look at the film in the form of the following not safe for work, red band trailer.

This trailer actually came online a few days back, but the audio was all messed up and it was immediately pulled, but things have been sorted out. If you're wonder about the visuals, apparently a lot of the film (I'm not sure how much of it) is shot from the perspective of Elijah Wood's Frank, a withdrawn owner of a mannequin store whose life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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.

Maniac sounds intriguing and is certainly a film I wish I hadn't missed, but if it's any good I'm sure it will get picked up soon enough and I wouldn't be surprised to see it as part of the Midnight screenings in Toronto this year.

Check out the red band trailer directly below.

  • Criterion10

    I actually think this good be pretty good...Hopefully it'll play near me when its time comes

  • Yaz

    Hmm... First person POV is hard to achieve without coming off cheesey, so it will be interesting to see the tone this film strikes. Still, pretty decent trailer - definitely well put together with a different vibe. Should be a good time.

  • Dim McRemnant

    Loved the original... and if the movie lives up to the trailer, It'll be one of the best horror remakes ever made.

  • Jack

    Leave it to the French for movies like this.

  • fred rueckher

    One of the sickest movies I ever saw back in 1981. But memorable. Odd choice for Elijah Wood, but after Sin City we know he's capable of playing a psychotic killer. The original writer, Joe Spinell (Spagnuolo), was such a big time character actor in the '70s. Both Godfathers ("yeah I was the buffer"), the loan shark in the first 2 Rockys, Taxi Driver, The Seven Ups. A distant relative of football coach Steve Spagnuolo.