October 19th 2012 05:38
High Tension (2003), and the bang-on remakes of The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and Piranha (2010); Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur. That’s a hat-trick for the French lads. Director Kalfoun, also an actor, helmed the uneven parking lot nightmare thriller P2 (2007), but with Maniac he shines. Utilising the ambitious and potentially disastrous visual narrative ploy of shooting (almost) the entire movie from the POV of the killer Kalfhoun delivers a wholly surprising artful horror movie. Yes, Maniac, despite the inherently dark and disturbing subject matter (a fetishist psychopath who scalps women) is a disquietingly beautiful movie.
American Psycho (2000). Because the movie is shot almost exclusively from Frank’s point-of-view (apart from a few fantasy sequences and one scene where Frank’s vision passes outside his physical self to portray the ghoulish ecstasy of his killing) the audience only ever see Frank when reflected in mirrors or shiny surfaces, or as a young boy in his flashbacks. It is these flashbacks depicting a boy deeply affected by his whoring, irresponsible mother (America Olivio) that form the basis for the adult Frank’s monstrous behaviour.
Here’s the trailer:
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