Slasher Flicks

About a week ago a teaser trailer leaked to the net for Franck Khalfoun’s remake of the William Lustig horror film, Maniac. It gave us a glimpse of a knife-wielding, psychotic Elijah Wood, but wasn’t quite ready for consumption and got pulled down before everyone could see it. Well now the powers that be have deemed it permissible for the public to take a look at the film, and Twitch has gotten their hands on a new cut of the trailer; which is full-length, very red band, and very not safe for work.

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And that trailer wants to kill you with a sledgehammer. For some reason, actor’s actor Vincent D’Onofrio went out and directed a horror musical. From the look of the trailer, it’s not exactly a musical in the same way we normally think of – the lyrics singing the internal feelings and external goings on of the plot. Instead, it takes its cue from the concept of a band heading out on a camping trip to write their next album. Don’t Go In the Woods seems to lack the acting impetus that you might think D’Onofrio would go for. However, after speaking with him a while back about his personal fears, it’s good to see him go traditional without at all going traditional. Plus, who would have thought Private Pyle would direct a slasher flick? Check it out for yourself:

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