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Horror Pick Ups: Magnet 'Dies at the End', IFC Midnight Goes 'Maniac'

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August 23, 2012
Source: THR

Elijah Wood Maniac

Two indie horror flicks acquired for US distribution this week. Both of them we've heard of, have seen before, and are worth featuring, since they're both very unique. First, IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to Franck Khalfoun's remake of Maniac, starring Elijah Wood as a serial killer, but told entirely from his POV. The film premiered very late at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, but didn't get many great reviews. The other acquisition is Phantasm director Don Coscarelli's trippy horror comedy John Dies at the End, starring Rob Mayes & Chase Williamson, which Magnet Releasing picked up.

"Franck Khalfoun and Alexandre Aja have reteamed and are joined by Elijah Wood for a deeply disturbing remake of William Lustig's classic that will delight genre fans. We can't wait to bring this to audiences," said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, regarding Maniac. No release date is set yet, but we're expecting to see it sometime in early 2013. As for John Dies at the End, which premiered as "work-in-progress" at Sundance (watch the first teaser trailer) and played SXSW (Jeremy's SXSW review), as well as TIFF coming up, will be seeing the light of day this year. THR reports that Magnet plans on releasing John Dies at the End on VOD platforms in late December followed by a theatrical release in early 2013.

Both of these are indie horror flicks worth looking into if you like horror. IFC Midnight is a perfect fit for Maniac, which is destined to be a freaky cult hit, and Magnet should do a good job with John Dies at the End, which also has good cult potential. We'll keep you updated on official release date plans and trailers.

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  • Housequake
    Saw John Dies at The End at SIFF earlier this year and loved it! So happy to see it get picked up for distribution.
  • Donnis
    Maniac didn't get great reviews? I read a lot of great reviews. Very enthusiastic ones. Even a few good ones from fans of who didn't think the remake would stand up to the original. Check out Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Filmoria, The Aristocrat and more good ones with the film just coming from the Melbourne International Film Festival.
    • Everyone I saw it with hated it. I heard same from other critics I spoke to who saw it that night. Not many critics had the chance to see it, it was a midnight show, but I don't know anyone who liked it much. :/ Sorry!

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