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Film Review - Maniac

MANIAC Elijah Wood

1980’s “Maniac” caused a great disturbance when it was initially released, with the late film critic Gene Siskel making it his personal mission to destroy the effort in the press, rejecting the work as grisly and hateful toward women. He wasn’t exactly wrong, but director William Lustig fashioned an exploitation picture, and one that knew exactly what it was doing. In 2013, we have a remake, though the low-budget grime has been scrapped off the material, replaced with impressive usage of POV cinematography, putting the audience into the skin of a killer. The redo also benefits from hindsight, creating a sleeker, more effective movie that remains as violent and irresponsible as ever. Read the rest at


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