Ready to get into the mind of a killer? In this deleted scene from director Franck Khalfoun’s remake of the slasher, “Maniac,” you’ll do just that as Elijah Wood finds a new potential victim to stalk in this POV slasher.
In this clip from “Maniac,” cut from the final release of the indie horror film, Wood’s very polite serial killer chooses his next victim at a makeup counter.
Wood plays Frank, a mannequin shop owner who secretly kills and scalps women in Los Angeles. However, when he meets a young artist named Anna (Nora Arnezeder), he finds his double lives blurring in this film written by the “High Tension” and “Hills Have Eyes” remake team of Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur and directed by Franck Khalfoun (“P2,” “Wrong Turn at Tahoe”).
One of the grimier entries in the slasher genre, William Lustig’s “Maniac” (1980) was somewhat legendary back in its day. It was like being trapped in the garbage dump of killer Frank Zito’s (Joe Spinell) mind for an hour and a half, a cramped, sweaty place of sexual frustration against the backdrop of Koch-era New York. One-time Bond girl Caroline Munro had the Anna role in that film, causing our killer to start developing feelings for her even as he continued his murderous spree.
For you gorehounds out there, this was an early project for effects legend Tom Savini (who also had a cameo in the film).
Will Frank find love and shed his killer ways? It’s not likely, but you can find out when “Maniac” hits DVD and Blu-ray this Tuesday from IFC Entertainment.