Maniac (2012)

Maniac 2012

{Cross-posted to Three Imaginary Girls}

I didn’t think there was any way Elijah Wood would ever be able to creep me out more than he did as Kevin in Sin City, but I stand corrected. Don’t be fooled by Wood’s usual Hobbit-y, childish demeanor; in the remake of the classic 1980 horror film Maniac, Wood is a scary-stalky-scalping monster.

Wood plays Frank, a shy mannequin store owner who targets young women with lush manes of gorgeous hair, kills them, then brings their scalps home to place on top of mannequins so he can pretend they’re his girlfriends — all while having imaginary conversations with his dead, abusive mother.

Director Franck Khalfoun made the bold decision to film almost all of his update from the killer’s POV; he breaks from it in a few scenes, but for the most part, the only times you see Frank’s face are in reflection, which ups the creep factor by like 10,000. (more…)

The Thing (redux)

Got a chance to see the new version of The Thing today, and while it’s technically a prequel (showing us what happened to the Norwegian station from the first film), it’s really more like “premake”…or a “requel”.

That is to say, there was really no reason for this movie to be made, at all, because you can watch John Carpenter’s The Thing and be just as entertained. Actually, even more entertained.

It’s set in the same year (1982), in the same place (Antartica), with the same monster. The only thing different is the cast of characters – and even then, they’re not really all that different. Sure, they tried to vary a few things, but what you have here is almost exactly the same formula and plot. And I could swear they used the same sets…those buildings looked awfully familiar.

There are some pretty killer special F/X, and I appreciate that the alien had consistency in its form and function (re: the 80s film), but honestly, you guys. I’m just not even sure it’s worth your money.

Recommended only if you’re intensely curious. Otherwise, spend your dollars buying Carpenter’s on blu-Ray instead.

The Fly

(I almost feel like I should apologize for choosing this photo – but it kind of says it all) 

The original The Fly with Vincent Price (not as the actual fly) was something I caught on TV when I was a kid, and I always thought it was super creepy and gross UNTIL I SAW CRONENBERG’S VERSION. Look, no one can do gross like this guy, and The Fly is probably his finest example of complete disgustingness.

Spoilers (kind of): (more…)