Elijah Wood Will Kill Again in Remake of 1980 Horror Film 'Maniac'

November 4, 2011
Source: Deadline

Elijah Wood

After taking on the likable, charming role of Frodo in Lord of the Rings, a role which he'll reprise for Peter Jackson's return to Middle-Earth with The Hobbit, actor Elijah Wood took on a drastically different role as the quiet, creepy cannibalistic killer Kevin in Sin City. Now he looks to be taking on another sinister role again as Bloody Disgusting reports (with confirmation from Deadline) that Wood has landed the lead role in Maniac, a remake of William Lustig's 1980 horror film of the same name. Wood will play a strange guy who sells antique mannequins but also happens to be a serial killer who finds his victims online. Read on!

Once he has his prey in front of them, he scalps and kills them, and all of this apparently gives him some sort of satisfaction of revenge against his abusive mother. Clearly the film's called Maniac for a reason. The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha 3D writers Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur are scripting the remake with P2 and Wrong Turn at Tahoe director Franck Khalfoun directing the film. This certainly sounds like another provocative role for Wood who gestates between charming things like Happy Feet and the forthcoming sequel and adult fare like the comedy series "Wilfred" on FX. Anyone else interested?

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This is one of the most recent films I've seen, thanks to Netflix, that scared the living daylights out of me! The man that starred in it was hella creepy, and Tom Savini know's how to make gore look real! Don't know how Wood will be as "maniacal" as that guy in 1981, but it will be MUCH different I imagine. As sick as I am of '80s remakes these days, this may be one that I will get excited for.

Marcus on Nov 4, 2011


Saw this on Netflix recently too.  Still holds up after decades.  Not sure about this new plot though.

Maynard G Krebs on Nov 4, 2011


was actually happy (and i detest remakes) until i saw the director. Aja should direct instead.

happy camper on Nov 4, 2011


Aja = Major McHack. Eljah Wood = Jewish & fit. Maniac = Obese and Italian looking. Remake = Worst idea ever.

Davide Coppola on Nov 5, 2011



Itsdevonx on Nov 5, 2011


whoa i thought he was ben linas from lost at first, but nope just ol frodo lol

stfugtfo on Nov 6, 2011


Eljah Wood is this a joke?!

Bazzmosis on Nov 7, 2011

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