A good remake is hard to find. While I’m not inherently opposed to the idea, as so many are, there is always that hitch in your breath when you hear an iconic film is being given the remake treatment. Fortunately for fans of Maniac, director Franck Khalfoun hits all the right marks with his updated version of the 1980 slasher. Khalfoun maintains the basic set up: a deranged, but sympathetic mannequin store owner, Frank (Elijah Wood), spends his nights scalping innocent women as a result of his abusive past. However, Khalfoun puts his own stamp on the material, shooting the entire film in POV format and changing the setting from New York to L.A. It works. Backed up by strong performances, gruesome effects, and an excellent soundtrack, Khalfoun’s Maniac provides a spin on the original that can horrify modern audiences anew.
Earlier this week at the film’s L.A. press day I had the opportunity to speak with Khalfoun. We talked about working with Elijah Wood, the challenges of shooting a film in POV, why the film was set in downtown L.A., and the soundtrack by Rob. We also discussed bringing something new to a remake, his favorite kills of the film, why practical effects were important, and a lot more. Check out what he had to say after the jump.