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Can Elijah Wood Pull Off Being Creepy in Maniac Remake?

I had no knowledge of this developing horror movie remake or of the original until about an hour ago and all I can say is that I am interested.  The original Maniac released in 1980 follows Frank Zito, a lonely middle-aged landlord living in New York City who has a secret alternate persona as a serial killer that stalks and kills women then places their scalps on the mannequins in his room.  This may sound like just some average schizophrenic killer movie to most but wait until you see the trailer for this raw gore-fest:

Okay, keep in mind this was made in 1980.  Obviously there is not much production value and the story is obviously flat and shady but that is what could make this so fun.  Plus I am sure I am not the only one not to have heard about this film so it looks like Hollywood is finally getting the message:  DO NOT REMAKE WELL KNOWN HORROR MOVIES THAT WERE GOOD.  Case and point:  Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Michael Bay produced Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Black Christmas just to name a few.  Granted some remakes were good but for the most part I am always left thinking “Why?”

Now moving on to the news of the Maniac remake staring Elijah Wood as the schizophrenic, stalker, and scalper we know so little about.  Can Elijah Wood pull it off?  The jury is still out in my opinion.  Part of me cannot imagine him as any other character but Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings.  But then I saw Green Street Hooligans and was pretty impressed that Wood was able to portray a character that was hardened by his change in environment.  The director is also an eyebrow raiser, Franck Knalfoun who only noteworthy film prior to this is P2 (if you have not seen it, it is worth a watch).  His selection for the film’s scream queen is Nora Arnezeder who played Ryan Reynolds’ love interest in Safe House.   The official synopsis from Collider.com is 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  Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when a young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition.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.”

So what do you all think?  Do you think Elijah Wood can make you cringe and shiver as a serial killer?  Or do you think you will just end up shaking your head and laughing at the screen?  Here are some stills from Maniac to get your blood pumping:

(All photos from Collider.com)

Consulted Source:

Chitwood, Adam.  “Elijah Wood Is Bloody in First Images from the MANIAC Remake.”  Collider.com.  Date Published:  May 10, 2012.

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New Photos from David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis starring Robert Pattinson

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Whenever I see David Cronenberg’s name attached to any movie I know I in for something unique.  His films range for the abstract, such as Videodrome, The Fly, and eXistenZ, to his raw dramas, Eastern Promises and A History of Violence.  The later being a lot of his most recent film but now is returning to the kind of movies I can only describe as psychedelic with his latest venture, Cosmospolis.  Not much about the plot has been revealed just yet but Collider.com reports the movie follows Pattinson who “plays a successful banker whose entire life unravels over the course of a single day.”  If you have not seen the trailer here it is:

It is no secret the Robert Pattinson’s involvement in Cosmopolis draws a lot of attention to it but it does appear to be a different kind of role for him.  Granted he usually plays a desired male lead but never in the form of a playboy.  I could be wrong though, he might not be a playboy in the film but judging from the near nude scene with Patricia McKenzie and the line from Sara Gadon that she “smelled sex all over” him, well I am just connecting some dots.  The trailer seems to hint that this care-free playboy is going about his day in his luxury limo until something seems to go wrong (some scandal) during the day that casts him into the presence of some unlikely company, one person being poor-hygiene character played by Paul Giamatti.  To be honest, Giamatti being in this film is what most interests me since he picks nothing but good scripts.

Here are some recently released stills of some of the other stars of Cosmopolis: Jay Baruchel, Kevin Durand, and Juliette Binoche:

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Consulted Article:

Chitwood, Adam.  “New Images of Robert Pattinson, Jay Baruchel, and Samantha Morton in COSMOPOLIS.”  Collider.com.  Date Posted:  May 8th, 2012.

 

 

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Latest Trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man”

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This new trailer reveals more about what to expect from the new take on the hero we all thought we knew (assuming you have not read the comic books and know this version of the story).  It shows how full of action Marc Webb’s super hero tale will be.  Something worth taking note of in this trailer is how it is attempting to inject some plausibility into the idea of Spider-Man.  What I mean is that the trailer seems to elude to the fact that the web we see coming from Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) wrist is actually some miniature contraption and not actually from beneath the skin of his arms.  Having not read the comics I am not sure if this is how it actually is but it makes me think they are trying to make the hero more “real” much in the sense Christopher Nolan has done for his Batman character in his trilogy.  Of course the hole in my theory is that Spider-Man will be combating a scientist turned giant, muscular lizard.  Let me know what you think:

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Daredevil has always been of my favorite super Herod and I found myself disappointed with how the story got “Affleck-ed.” So the idea of a remake is sweet! Thoughts?

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Bruce Willis as Each Other in Looper

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Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt never disappoint in their movies so there is no doubt that action/sci-fi movie Looper will follow suit.  For those that do not know about Looper, it follows Joe (Gordon-Levitt) a hitman in 2042 who assassinates individuals sent back in time by a mob in 2072 until his latest hit, his future self (Willis).  It is kind of an interesting premise right?  Here is the explosive trailer:

Naturally various time travels movies come to mind when you think about the premise.  Everything from Marty McFly venturing to his dad’s high school days in Back to the Future to the indie hit Primer.  So what makes this movie different from the others?  In my opinion the answer lies in the director, Rian Johnson.  One of his earlier films was, Brick, following a teenager diving in the crime ridden underworld of high school, another not so unusual premise right?  But they key is the way the story is told.  For those that have seen Brick know that what made the film good was that it does not follow the typical structure most stories follow.

Now what a lot of filmmakers might try to do now is have an actor play both part and but make-up on the older version.  So choosing to have two different actors is always iffy, especially when they are not really that much different in age that would make them appear too much different.  This is where the movie will excel.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt nailed looking a younger Bruce Willis and if you listen carefully trailer, Levitt even sounds like a scream Willis from Die Hard.

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The potential for the movie is so great.  I am a huge Bruce Willis fan and Joseph Gordon-Levitt going to be (if not already) going to be the biggest rising star in Hollywood.  Jeff Daniels and the sexy Emily Blunt also are attached to the project.  All of this on top off be directed by Rian Johnson who has worked with Levitt in the past and has proven he he has a unique vision for his films.

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Viral Video for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is the movie I am most excited for this summer.  Ever since I was old enough to tie my own shoe-laces I have been a fan of the Alien films.  I remember playing with the Kenner designed action figures from the Aliens series while Scott’s Alien played on my TV.  The toys were loosely based on the characters in James Cameron’s installment along with a diverse offering of unique aliens but didn’t quite capture the essence of what was in the movie.

Being in my early twenties my passion for the Alien series somewhat faded by the sub par attempts at an AVP (Alien Versus Predator) merger.  What made Alien, Aliens, and even Alien 3 so captivating is that they were set in the future where even the most advance technology and weaponry could not protect us for the savage nature of the xenomorphs.  But now I zest to bite into some sci-fi/horror greatness again because of the brilliant marketing of Prometheus.

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For those living in isolation and have not heard, Ridley Scott is returning to the sci-fi/horror genre he created.  Collider.com provided official synopsis and it is as follows:

“Ridley Scott, director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.”

Prometheus is staged to occur prior to the 1979 classic and not even feature Sigourney Weaver of the alien/xenomorph we have grown to love.  But need not worry for there are still a lot of consistent elements.  The main staple connect the film is the devious intention of Weyland Industries that put discovery ahead of the lively hood of their crew or staff.  And part of having Weyland involved means one definite thing, an android (very human-like robot).  Check out Michael Fassbender as Prometheus’ android, David:

So if there is no xenomorph, what is there to make this a horror movie on top of its sci-fi setting?  Those who are well versed in Scott’s Alien, will remember when crew finds the carcass of a much larger other worldly being/creature.  Ridley Scott named this as a “Space Jockey.”  Currently it is uncertain the spacey jockey role but a fan can dream about the possibilities.  Here is a picture of the deceased space jockey from Alien:

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Now a lot of my information for the upcoming Prometheus is from Collider.com.  So if you are looking for developing news and footage, definitely check them out.  What I stated above a merely a brief footnote of what’s out there about the film.  I am sure I will be posting again about it.

Lastly here is a video from a press conference in Paris featuring director Ridley Scott and stars Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, and Noomi Rapace talking about Prometheus:

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