The 50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013

24. 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 infamously sleazy and hardcore 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, removes their scalps, and places their bloody wigs on mannequins that he talks to as if they're alive. Yes, it's Frodo Gone Wild.

Think about Wood's quietly insane performance in Sin City, though, and it should become clear that he's perfect for the new Maniac. And if, for some reason, viewers can't accept the sight of Wood overpowering larger women, Khalfoun has them covered: Maniac is predominantly shot from a first-person POV, putting audiences directly into Wood's character's twisted mind as he stalks and kills.

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. It's that good.

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