Wednesday, June 4, 2014
2013 End Of The Year Awards- Best Horror Film- Maniac
**This post contains spoilers**
I struggled with this one for a while, because I was stuck on a three way tie between Maniac, The Conjuring, and Evil Dead, but I picked Maniac for my final decision.
Why? For starters, Maniac is shocking, grotesque, and bloody. Now I know you can say the same thing about Evil Dead, but director Franck Khalfoun crafts a dark and mesmerizing slasher film. There's a chilling sense of fear throughout Maniac, and Frank's POV is a refreshing touch. The audience sees everything from Frank's eyes, and you can feel the madness behind Frank's disturbing thought process. On top of that, Maniac features an outstanding soundtrack. The eerie scores are a perfect tie-in for Maniac, and it's hard to ignore the nostalgic 80's vibe.
Elijah Wood is incredible in the leading role. Frank is an unhinged man, who's struggling to control his murderous impulses. The rage, the violent outbursts, the conflict, and Frank's grief during troubled flashbacks with his mother. You can feel everything, and Elijah Wood taps into his dark side again (i.e. Sin City) to deliver another A+ performance with the leading role in Maniac.
The finale is amazing. Frank's demise mirrors the final moments of the original, and the set up for the fiasco at Anna's (Nora Arnezeder) apartment is perfect. A frustrated Frank is trying to console Anna after Rita's (Jan Broberg) death (of course, Frank murdered Rita after Rita's taunts at Anna's exhibit), but Frank accidentally reveals himself as the killer, when he mentions the short distance to Rita's apartment. And Frank drives the nail into the coffin, when he mentions the recent murders in the city.
The horrified look of shock on Nora Arnezeder's face is spot on, and the tension after Frank's accidental confession is unreal, because you're waiting for that one moment, when Anna attacks Frank for survival, or when Anna makes a move for an escape. Great stuff.
The 1980 original gained a strong following as a cult film, but the 2013 film is on a short list of remakes that challenge the original for superiority, and you can make a legit argument for the 2013 remake taking the top spot for the better film. Don't pass on a chance to watch Maniac 2013 horror fans. If you do, you're missing something special.
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