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Maniac (2012)

MANIAC_QUAD-finalDirector: Franck Khalfoun

Cast: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, America Olivo

Cert: 18

Running time: 85mins

Year: 2012

The lowdown: Another notorious video nasty gets the big-star treatment, but Franck Khalfoun and Switchblade Romance’s Alexandre Aja’s redo of William Lustig’s 1980 shocker is no pale cash-in.  Shot largely as a point of view movie (Elijah Wood’s point of view no less) tracing the killing spree of a particularly disturbed individual with serious mother-issues, this sets a new bar in what the BBFC will pass uncut.  Imagine the Smack My Bitch Up video with scalpings courtesy of FX maestros Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero, or an ultra-violent episode of Peep Show and you’ll know what to expect.

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The full verdict: Despite being the hero of one of cinema’s greatest f...

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Martyrs

martyrspostbDirector: Pascal Laugier

Cast: Morjana Alaoui, Mylene Jampanoi, Catherine Begin, Robert Toupin, Patricia Tulasni

Cert: 18

Running time: 97 mins

Year: 2008

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The lowdown: The film that had hardgore horror fans retching in the aisles at 2008’s London FrightFest became the most ferocious, uncompromising horror movie released in the UK in 2009. French director Pascal Laugier’s dark, twisted spin on a traditional revenge story should carry a government health warning. The fact that the BBFC passed it uncut is a minor miracle – it’s a movie that will not be quickly forgotten by those who can stand it.

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The full verdict:

Depending on personal thresholds for graphic violence, the French New Wave of Gore (Irreversible, Switchblade Romance, Frontier(s), Inside) reaches its zenith or nadir with...

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