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Franck Khalfoun, 2012
France/USA | 90 minutes
New York Premiere! Director in person at Halloween screening!
Finally, a horror remake we can get behind! This new variation on William Lustig’s 1980 grindhouse classic, which maintains the original’s nastiness while adding a touch of style, stars Elijah Wood as the tortured soul who relieves his existential pain by scalping women and draping his bloody trophies on his collection of mannequins. If Wood seems an unlikely choice for a serial killer, think again: he’s scary as hell, yet he also has a tragic dimension, even revealing a little vulnerability for a beautiful artist who unluckily comes into his life. And because the film is shot almost completely from the protagonist’s POV, the fleeting glimpses of Wood—randomly reflected in mirrors and windows—are all the more jarring. An IFC Midnight release.