Behind the Eyes of a Killer: 11 Bloody Minutes of 'Maniac' Starring Elijah Wood

First six minutes of Maniac
Photo: IFC Midnight

The first six minutes have arrived from Maniac starring Elijah Wood as the owner of a mannequin store that has a desire for stalking, scalping and killing with most of it told through the eyes of the killer. And you'll be getting a dose of that killing once those first six minutes are up.

The screenplay is from High Tension and The Hills Have Eyes co-writers Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur and just recently hit theaters in Germany, but IFC Midnight has yet to announce a domestic debut.

Along with the first six minutes, Warner Bros. France has released an additional five minutes as it will be hitting French cinemas on January 2. Those additional minutes include even more killing. So, yes, these are red band clips and probably not safe for work.

Maniac is directed by Franck Khalfoun and is a remake of the 1980 film by William Lustig, which starred Joe Spinell in the lead role. Check out the videos below.

  • Vince Smetana

    Wow. Really confident direction. Total 80s vibe. Looks like a good role for Wood.

  • Elijah

    Not too shabby, first 6 minutes are better than most of Aja's other films but that's not saying much.

  • Irf

    Look, in the aftermath of that heinous gang-rape and brutal murder of a 23-year-old girl in India, and abhorrent crimes against women in 2012, I find the tone of films like MANIAC to be highly distasteful. This is blatant sadistic misogyny, a series of clips relishing in the torture of nameless female characters executed in a manner that is designed to arouse sickening glee in male audiences. I can't see anything worth praising here.

    There is something very wrong.

    • Yaz

      I agree with what you're saying... but this is nothing new. People have been killing, raping, assaulting - you name it - each other for ages and ages... Long before films like this became the norm. I do agree with you though, portraying it through the eyes of the serial killer is something... well... disturbing... But again, has been done before.

      Honestly, I think aesthetically, the pov aspect is kind of interesting. Voyeuristic. It is messed up due to the content... but I can't help but be interested by that factor and see what it brings to the film. If that makes me messed up or something, well, that's that.

      Like I said, I agree with your opinion - and the best thing you can do is set an example by not watching it if you feel that strongly about it.

    • Norm

      This is no different than a show like "Criminal Minds" that basically has the same premise each and every week. It's just a tad more graphic.