There is a maniac. He kills people.
The thing that sets Maniac apart from countless other slasher flicks is that is filmed from the killers POV mostly in a first person, ‘Peep Show’ style. This is something I have wanted to see for a while in horror films but Elijah Woods’ psychopath Frank is just not interesting enough to carry such a premise. I would love to see this style applied to a character as interesting and impenetrable as Halloween‘s Michael Myers for example. There are suggestions of a haunted past and a longing for vindication but ultimately the POV style feels gimmicky too often and a decent back story is sacrificed for cheap gore and scares. Director Franck Khalfoun does a good job of giving off the whole creepy vibe with a fitting score and good lighting but Maniac could have been so much more.