The first six minutes of Elijah Wood’s upcoming horror film Maniac have been released onto the internet. Judging from the clip, fans of the actor are in for something completely different.
The movie is a remake of the 80s slasher film of the same name. The movie was known for its intense and often extremely brutal special effects, which were crafted by FX pioneer Tom Savini. At first glance, the Maniac remake looks to be just as brutal.
What set this horror film apart from its contemporaries is the presence of Elijah Wood. An avid horror fan, the Lord of the Rings alum hasn’t really had a chance to delve into these waters too deeply. Outside of The Faculty and his memorable turn in Sin City, Maniac marks Wood’s first serious foray into the world of horror.
The synopsis for the movie reads as follows:
“Just when the streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and on the hunt. Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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.”
Deadline reported back in October that Elijah Wood had taken his love of the genre and channeled it into The Woodshed. The production company’s mission is to produce intelligent horror films that treat the subject matter seriously.
“I’ve been a fan of horror and genre cinema in general since I was a child and have become increasingly passionate about the idea of there being a space in which horror films that take their subject matter and characters seriously could be produced. What was born out of a conversation of our mutual love for the genre and what we felt was lacking in a broad sense, especially from the U.S. market, became The Woodshed.”
The first six minutes of the remake has been embedded below. Keep in mind that the clip does contain language and some violence.
Director Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac starring Elijah Wood is slated to open in theaters sometime next year.