25 Independent Movies You Should Be Excited About in 2013

Maniac

Director: Franck Khalfoun
Stars: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, Liane Balaban, America Olivo, Jan Broberg
Release Date: To be determined

Talk about outside-the-box casting. For their remake of the impossibly sleazy 1980 horror flick Maniac, director Franck Khalfoun and producer/co-writer Alexandra Aja (High Tension, Piranha 3D) selected Elijah Wood to play a deranged guy who murders young women, scalps them, and places their bloody hair on mannequins that he then befriends. Yes, Silence of the Lambs has come to Middle-earth.

Think back to Wood's quietly insane performance in Sin City, though, and it becomes clear that he's perfect for Maniac. Viewers who still can't accept the sight of Wood overpowering his victims, take note: Khalfoun shot the film in large part from the first-person POV, putting audiences directly into the killer's twisted mind.

Keep tabs on the release date announcements for this one—having seen it, we can confirm that Maniac is an early frontrunner for 2013's best horror movie.

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