Ya know how you heard that spritely eyeball-container Elijah Wood had been cast as the titular killer in the remake of William Lustig's 1980 sleaze-fest slasher Maniac and you were all, "Wuh in the wuh now???" Yeah you should probably build a time machine and go back to that moment and comfort yourself (with kisses and soft caresses, if need be) because it totally works. In fact pretty much everything about director Franck Khalfoun's take on the material works like gangbusters - Wood's strangely seductive slash harrowing performance (he really goes for broke); the decision to shoot it in first-person; the synthy 80s score; the erratic, lush cinematography from Maxime Alexandre (who also shot High Tension and The Hills Have Eyes remake).
It's that second thing, the first-person shooting technique, that ends up clinching the deal - it really oughtn't work; Khalfoun sets up a world of obstacles for himself with it. But on most every count he manages to tweak something wonderful and unique and bizarre and totally disturbing out of it. This is a hard film to watch at times, and I wouldn't want it any other way.