History Film / Maniac

14th Oct '17 3:38:09 PM Stellarvore
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* BigBad: Frank Zito, the SerialKiller VillainProtagonist.



* SerialKiller: Frank murders five women (six in the remake) and takes their scalps.



* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Anna]] in TheRemake.
* DownerEnding: Unlike the original version, [[spoiler:all of Frank's intended targets die]].

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* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Anna]] dies in TheRemake.
a car crash, and Frank claims her scalp.
* DownerEnding: Unlike the original version, [[spoiler:all of Frank's intended targets die]].die, along with Frank himself]].
9th Oct '17 4:04:49 AM Antwan
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!!Tropes in the film:

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!!Tropes in the film:
!!These films provide examples of:



* AllInTheEyes: Used when Frank wakes up, CatapultNightmare-style, and light is shining on his eyes.
* AnArmAndALeg: Frank sees his hand being chopped off in his last hallucination.
* BedmateReveal: When Franks gets up from his bed, the audience is shown that the corpse of his latest victim is laying next to him.



* BloodSplatteredInnocents: Disco Girl gets covered with Disco Boy's blood when Frank shoots him.
* BoomHeadshot: Disco Boy's death, courtesy of a double-barrel shotgun blast by Frank.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Frank addresses the viewers at one point. But hey, he's just crazy.
* BulletTime: Used when Frank shoots Disco Boy and when he attacks one of the Anna's photograph models.
* CampingACrapper: Frank chases a nurse into a subway restroom and kills her there.



* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Anna]] in TheRemake.
* DisposableSexWorker: Frank's second on-screen victim is a hooker whom he picks up from the streets, and proceeds to strangle in bed.
* TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler:Frank goes off the deep end, hallucinating that his victims have returned to take revenge, stabbing himself in the stomach in his madness. The cops show up to arrest him, and find him lying on his bed. They go get the coroner, and his eyes open the moment they close the door.]]
* ExcitedShowTitle



* GraveMarkingScene: Frank visits his mother's grave near the end.
* {{Hallucinations}}: Frank starts having these when Anna hurts him at the funeral.
* JobTitle
* MakeOutPoint: Disco Boy and Disco Girl drive into one near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge for some AutoErotica. Unfortunately, they were followed by Frank.

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* GraveMarkingScene: Frank visits his mother's grave near the end.
* {{Hallucinations}}: Frank starts having these when Anna hurts him at the funeral.
* JobTitle
* MakeOutPoint: Disco Boy and Disco Girl drive into
funeral in the original. The remake has one near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge for some AutoErotica. Unfortunately, they were followed by Frank.as well.
* JobTitle: Well, Frank is certainly maniacal.



* NoNameGiven: Most of the characters.
* NoTellMotel: Frank takes the hooker whom he intends to kill into a establishment like this.
* OffWithHisHead: Frank's final hallucination has his mannequins come to life and ripping his head off.



* RiseFromYourGrave: Frank has a hallucination at the graveyard of his mother's maggot ridden corpse rising from the grave and grabbing him.
* SenselessViolins: Frank carries his shotgun in a violin case.
* ShovelStrike: Anna attacks Frank with a shovel when he is chasing her in the cemetery.
* SinisterSubway: Frank follows one one of his victims hrough one.
* SlashedThroat: Frank does this to his first on-screen victim (whom he finds on the beach waiting for her boyfriend) with a razor blade.



* StalkerShrine: There's one for Frank's mother, that's right next to his bed.
* VillainProtagonist: The film follows Frank point of view.

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* StalkerShrine: There's one for Frank's mother, that's right next to his bed.
* VillainProtagonist: The film follows Frank Both films follow Frank's point of view.




!!The 1980 version provides examples of:
* AllInTheEyes: Used when Frank wakes up, CatapultNightmare-style, and light is shining on his eyes.
* AnArmAndALeg: Frank sees his hand being chopped off in his last hallucination.
* BedmateReveal: When Frank gets up from his bed, the audience is shown that the corpse of his latest victim is laying next to him.
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: Disco Girl gets covered with Disco Boy's blood when Frank shoots him.
* BoomHeadshot: Disco Boy's death, courtesy of a double-barrel shotgun blast by Frank.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Frank addresses the viewers at one point. But hey, he's just crazy.
* BulletTime: Used when Frank shoots Disco Boy and when he attacks one of the Anna's photograph models.
* CampingACrapper: Frank chases a nurse into a subway restroom and kills her there.
* DisposableSexWorker: Frank's second on-screen victim is a hooker whom he picks up from the streets, and proceeds to strangle in bed.
* TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler:Frank goes off the deep end, hallucinating that his victims have returned to take revenge, stabbing himself in the stomach in his madness. The cops show up to arrest him, and find him lying on his bed. They go get the coroner, and his eyes open the moment they close the door.]]
* ExcitedShowTitle: Only the original version has the exclamation point.
* GraveMarkingScene: Frank visits his mother's grave near the end.
* MakeOutPoint: Disco Boy and Disco Girl drive into one near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge for some AutoErotica. Unfortunately, they were followed by Frank.
* NoNameGiven: Most of the characters, like Disco Boy and Disco Girl.
* NoTellMotel: Frank takes the hooker whom he intends to kill into a establishment like this.
* OffWithHisHead: Frank's final hallucination has his mannequins come to life and ripping his head off.
* RiseFromYourGrave: Frank has a hallucination at the graveyard of his mother's maggot ridden corpse rising from the grave and grabbing him.
* SenselessViolins: Frank carries his shotgun in a violin case.
* SlashedThroat: Frank does this to his first on-screen victim (whom he finds on the beach waiting for her boyfriend) with a razor blade.
* ShovelStrike: Anna attacks Frank with a shovel when he is chasing her in the cemetery.
* SinisterSubway: Frank follows one of his victims through one.
* StalkerShrine: There's one for Frank's mother, that's right next to his bed.



!!The remake has examples of:

* DownerEnding
* FinalGirl: [[spoiler:Subverted with Anna, as she dies this time around]].
%%* KillEmAll
* MythologyGag: Lucie tells Frank that he's "Not what I imagined, I thought you'd be fat with long greasy hair". This is a reference to Joe Spinell, the actor who played Frank in the original.
* RageAgainstTheReflection

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!!The remake has 2012 version provides examples of:

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* DownerEnding
CarFu: Anna tries to run down the serial killer with his car.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Anna]] in TheRemake.
* DownerEnding: Unlike the original version, [[spoiler:all of Frank's intended targets die]].
* FacialHorror: The end has Frank [[spoiler:hallucinating that his face gets ripped to shreds]].
* FinalGirl: [[spoiler:Subverted with Anna, as she dies this time around]].
%%* KillEmAll
around.]]
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:The entire cast dies, the serial killer included.]]
* MythologyGag: Lucie tells Frank that he's "Not "not what I imagined, I thought you'd be fat with long greasy hair". This is a reference to Joe Spinell, the actor who played Frank in the original.
* RageAgainstTheReflectionRageAgainstTheReflection: Frank takes out his frustrations on a mirror, unhappy over his psychotic urges.



%%* VomitIndiscretionShot: From a first-person perspective, no less.

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%%* * VomitIndiscretionShot: From a first-person perspective, no less.
less.
5th Oct '17 1:04:21 PM MatthewRenn
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* SpiritualSuccessor: Some have called the film a slasher version of ''Film/{{Drive}}''.
20th Jul '17 2:45:54 AM DemonDuckofDoom
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* TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler:Frank goes off the deep end, hallucinating that his victims have returned to take revenge, stabbing himself in the stomach in his madness. The cops show up to arrest him, and find him lying on his bed. They go get the coroner, and his eyes open the moment they close

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* TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler:Frank goes off the deep end, hallucinating that his victims have returned to take revenge, stabbing himself in the stomach in his madness. The cops show up to arrest him, and find him lying on his bed. They go get the coroner, and his eyes open the moment they close the door.]]
20th Jul '17 2:45:16 AM DemonDuckofDoom
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* BigBad: Frank Zito, the SerialKiller VillainProtagonist.


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* TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler:Frank goes off the deep end, hallucinating that his victims have returned to take revenge, stabbing himself in the stomach in his madness. The cops show up to arrest him, and find him lying on his bed. They go get the coroner, and his eyes open the moment they close
* ExcitedShowTitle


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* JobTitle
21st Jun '17 6:09:57 AM Folamh3
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The year 2012 was treated to a remake that was produced and written by Alexandre Aja and which had Creator/ElijahWood star as the title character. It is mostly the same story, but with the twist that almost the entire film is shot from a first-person perspective. It also incorporates online dating.

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The year 2012 was treated to a remake that was produced and written by Alexandre Aja and which had Creator/ElijahWood star as the title character. It is mostly the same story, but with the twist that almost the entire film is [[UnbrokenFirstPersonPerspective shot from a first-person perspective.perspective]]. It also incorporates online dating.
25th May '17 7:23:28 PM Stellarvore
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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Frank who is pitiable despite the utter viciousness of his murders. Couple that with his FreudianExcuse and his very poor grip on reality and he's little more than a lonely momma's boy with a miserable life.

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Frank who is pitiable despite the utter viciousness of his murders. Couple that with his FreudianExcuse and his very poor grip on reality and he's little more than a lonely momma's boy with a When you take Frank's miserable life.life and general loneliness into account, he becomes a lot more pitiful than revolting. Made all the worse by his instant remorse whenever he claims a victim.
12th Apr '17 6:37:42 PM Stellarvore
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Frank has this reaction to most of his murders. It doesn't stop him from committing them, though.
7th Feb '17 12:57:34 PM Stellarvore
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* MissingMom: Frank misses his mother, despite the horrible abuse she put him through.



* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Frank who is pitiable despite the utter viciousness of his murders.

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Frank who is pitiable despite the utter viciousness of his murders. Couple that with his FreudianExcuse and his very poor grip on reality and he's little more than a lonely momma's boy with a miserable life.
7th Feb '17 12:44:04 PM Stellarvore
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* AffablyEvil: Despite being a psychotic SerialKiller who murders women for their scalps, Frank is a really nice guy when he's not sitting in his room rambling.



* DisposableSexWorker: Frank's second on-screen victim is a hooker whom he picks up from the streets, and proceeds to strangle in bed .

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* DisposableSexWorker: Frank's second on-screen victim is a hooker whom he picks up from the streets, and proceeds to strangle in bed .bed.
* FreudianExcuse: Frank's mother was a prostitute who [[AbusiveParents beat him]] and would lock him in the closet when she was with her johns. That would certainly explain his awkwardness around the fairer sex, as well as why he kills women that remind him of her.
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