Elijah Wood on Playing Joe Spinell in MANIAC! – Inside Horror

Elijah Wood goes to the Dark Side! The LORD OF THE RINGS and HAPPY FEET star discusses stepping into the skin of homicidal killer Frank Rizzo in the 2013 reboot of William Lustic’s gore classic, MANIAC – and the challenge of living up to Joe Spinell’s blood-splattered portrayal in the original. MANIAC Director Franck Khalfoun (HIGH TENSION, P2) also weighs in in this tasty tidbit from our Season 4 premiere! Hosted by Elric Kane and Staci Layne Wilson.

For those of you who are completely in the dark about the movie:

MANIAC follows the disturbed owner of a Los Angeles mannequin shop, Frank Rizzo (Elijah Wood), who, after years of mental abuse at the hands of his prostitute Mommy, has begun to unleash his most violent fantasies on a series of young women. These fantasies include scalping and dressing up his mannequin friends as the various females in question – OUCH. A chance meeting with a sympathetic photographer, Anna (Nora Arnezeder) offers hope of redemption, but ends in tragedy for both when she discovers Frank’s grisly activities.

MANIAC also stars the lovely Nora Arnezeder (SAFE HOUSE, THE WORDS), in the role originally played by Caroline Munro, with a screenplay by Alexandre Aja (THE HILLS HAVE EYES, HIGH TENSION, P2), Gregory Levasseur, and C.A. Rosenberg.

And speaking of Alexandre Aja, we had him on the show last season while MANIAC was still in production. You can check out his thoughts on the reboot here.

Have you seen both versions of MANIAC? How do you think the reboot stood up to the original? Did Elijah Wood make you forget Joe Spinell (or wish he’d rise from the grave)?

Hit us up on Twitter (@InsideHorror) or Facebook and share your thoughts!



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Elric Kane (Creator, Producer, Host)
Elric is a filmmaker, entrepreneur and bona-fide horror fanatic with several directorial credits to his name. A native of New Zealand, he has taught film in Chicago and in Los Angeles, recently opening the Relativity School of Film Media and Performing Arts. His short film, Tender, is currently on the festival circuit.

Staci Layne Wilson (Creator, Producer, Host)
As Senior Reviewer and on-camera reporter at Horror.com, and an ongoing contributor to Fangoria magazine, Staci brings a Type-A pedigree to INSIDE HORROR. In addition to her duties as a roving reporter and scribe, she is the author of 50 Years of Ghost Movies, and director of the short films The Key to Annabel Lee and The Night Plays Tricks.


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