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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 88m 59s

Release date 15/03/2013

Ratings Info Contains strong bloody violence

Genre(s) Horror

Director(s) Franck Khalfoun

Cast includes Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, America Olivo, Megan Duffy, Sammi Rotibi

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for adults icon18

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Ratings info publication date 05/03/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

MANIAC is a remake of the 1980 horror film, featuring Elijah Wood as a psychologically disturbed individual who stalks and kills women.


The killer's main weapon is a large knife which he uses to scalp his victims, cutting their foreheads and pulling the skin back to reveal a bloodied skull. He uses the victims' hair to adorn mannequins and, in his own mind, bring them to life. In addition to the scalping of victims, the killer stabs a woman in the jaw, strangles one of his victims, cuts the ankle of a woman he has chased, and strikes a man in the face with a cleaver.

Sex is shown in flashback to imply that a significant female character has an active sex life with different partners. Some breast nudity and kissing of breasts is seen, as well as thrusting between clothed participants. In one scene the killer is enticed to have sex by a woman he has met. She reveals her breasts and encourages the touching of them. But the killer soon interrupts the sex, which is not shown in detail and which appears not to interest the man, and instead kills the woman. There is also strong language ('f**k') and infrequent hard drug use, with brief focus on the snorting of cocaine.


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