• Thu, May 17 2012

The Maniac Trailer Convinces Us That Elijah Wood Can Play A Psychopath

Elijah Wood Maniac trailer psychopath nsfw serial killerThe moment I told the other Crushable writers that Elijah Wood was playing a psychopath in his new movie, they said “…Yeah, we can envision that.” Even though we grew up with this apple-cheeked, gap-toothed youngster in Flipper, lately he’s started to take on really creepy roles. Think of the spectacle-wearing assassin in Sin City, or the main character in Wilfred.

And now, we can add to the list his new film Maniac. This incomplete trailer popped up with all the Cannes hubbub, and it’s incredibly eerie. Especially since we only see a few glimpses of his face! It’s definitely NSFW, insofar as there are the naked breasts of at least one of his victims. Because Elijah plays a psychopath who stalks women in New York City and then maybe turns them into his art exhibit? That part isn’t clear, but here’s the synopsis:

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 Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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.

Maniac is a remake, directed by a guy known for a movie called Wrong Turn at Tahoe. Despite that cheesy-sounding pedigree, it looks very atmospheric and creepy. And considering that Elijah Wood was in that movie The Good Son, where his on-screen cousin Macaulay Culkin tries to kill him… yeah, we could see that character growing up into this dark figure.

Photo: The Hollywood News

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