Maniac ( 2012 )


Maniac è il remake prodotto in francia dell’omonimo film considerato un must see degli horror anni 80( e non solo) targato William Lustig ( Vigilante ) nel rifacimento invece alla regia troviamo Franck Khalfoun (-2 Livello del terrore) e alle sue spalle un esperto del settore come Alexandre Aja (Le colline hanno gli occhi ), il duo gioca con il titolo “padre”  adattandolo al clima moderno .

L’originale racconta la storia di un serial killer dal punto di vista del killer stesso, raccontandoci il suo background, mostrandoci la sua pazzia, le sue fissazioni, le sue crisi, il suo innato desiderio di avere una vita normale e la sostanziale impossibilità di guarire,immergendoci in un clima di ultra violenza e sfruttando a pieno la presenza del caratterista Joe Spinelli ( qui presente come produttore ).

Joe in una delle sue espressioni più serie

Joe in una delle sue espressioni più serie

Frank estremizza il concetto di punto di vista dell’assassino portando Maniac ad un nuovo livello , girandolo per larga parte dei 90 min in visuale POV , un rischio che porta con se un aumento dell’immedesimazione e costringe la regia a   giocare con specchi e riflessi per mostrarci il volto dato all’assassino , una figura diversa da quella rozza e grassottella di Joe ,diventata qui maggiormente piacente ed in parte meno cruda di quella immaginata da Lusting.

L’ultima frase non è da interpretare come un’assenza di gore perchè Aja sa quando picchiare duro sulla pompa del sangue e state sicuri che al momento giusto il rosso liquido scorrerà sui vostri schermi,semplicemente però il risultato grafico dona un aurea patinata alle scene ,segno che  la fotografia è stata affidata a professionisti dell’immagine capaci di virtuosismi tecnici ammirevoli, vedere per credere la sequenza del primo omicidio.

Il killer ha il volto di Elijah ” Frodo ” Wood  , chiamato ad una prestazione più vocale che fisica , mentre Anna  la sua ossessione ha le femminili fattezze di Nora Arnezeder ( Zoo ) , nel cast troviamo anche Megan Duffy ( Holydays) e America Olivo .

Sicuramente Maniac è stato una piacevole sorpresa, uno dei pochi Remake anni 80 ben fatti,arriviamo tranquilli al 6,5  ci vorrebbero decisamente più titoli di questo tipo.

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Marcello Portolan
Globetrotter del mondo Nerd. Cresciuto tra videogame, fumetti e cinema, crescendo ha deciso di affrontare il mondo impervio della scrittura per dare sfogo alle voci nella sua testa, nate durante la visione di film demenziali da ogni parte del mondo. Fondatore de Il Babbano Critico e redattore presso

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