I've been sitting on Blue Underground's edition of the original for like a decade... i surmise now would be a good time as any to finally watch it, especially since i feel indifferent towards this remake... can't make up my mind if this is a two star or three star as a rating, regardless i won't ever watch this remake again to figure it out.
Uno dei tanti pov che hanno invaso il mercato. Non si discosta minimamente dal filone,punta sul disturbo creato da macchina a mano e musiche d'atmosfera,gli omicidi sono molto gore e dozzinali,il finale è tremendamente insipido. Poca robba, presto dimenticabile.
Similar to the way 2011's "Drive" utilized flashy neon colors and an airy synthesizer score to make audiences root for a violent psychopath, this remake of "Maniac" employs the same techniques - along with a free-floating, entirely subjective camera - to root us in the perspective of a deranged serial killer. This has the interesting side effect of making our 'protagonist' Frank more a figure of pity than fear.
Still haven't watched the original, but this remake is shot in a very tasteful way, for a horror movie. The soundtrack is killer and, even though the movie might not scare you enough for the day, it keeps you well entertained. Elijah Wood isn't the memorable psychopath I imagined, but he does the job.
Surprisingly watchable, considering how brutally depraved the subject matter is - and that the audience is forced to experience it entirely from a first-person perspective. It looked particularly nice too, though the performances were mostly wooden. There are some good decisions here but the POV gimmick and Elijah Wood are simply not enough to warrant a remake of a grotesque film that only existed to be grotesque.
I was taken off guard by how sickeningly watchable this film ended up being, due mostly to Elijah Wood's creepy performance as Frank, a serial killer with mommy issues and an attachment to his traumatizing past that seeps into his present. I loved how accessible the film was, even in first-person a lot of the time, and even though Frank is the "anti-hero" we somehow still root for him. It's an odd mix, but see this.
Elijah is being a very bad hobbit in this. Anyway it's probably one of the best remake out of the last decade, even if it's weird the choice of making it in first person view for the 80% of the movie, but sometimes the rule is forgotten and goes totally scenic. This really is awkward in terms of suspension of disbelief.