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(2012)

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The movie features the song "Good-bye Horses," by Q. Lazzarus. The song was also featured in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), another movie about a serial killer who skinned people and had issues with his mother.
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Upon meeting Frank at the restaurant, Lucie says she's happy that he's not "Fat, with long black hair and greasy skin full of acne" which, whilst not flattering, would be an apt description of Joe Spinell's Frank, in the original.
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We don't see Frank's face until 12 minutes into the film.
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This film's running time is about two minutes longer than the original film, Maniac (1980).
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As opposed to Frank initially coming across Anna at the park from afar as she's taking pictures of various people in the original film, Maniac (1980), in this film, she eventually comes across him at his mannequin shop when she's caught taking pictures of his mannequins through the display glass.
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In both the original and this film, Anna is portrayed as European. Except that in the original film, Anna was British. Whereas in this film, she is French.
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The film was released about 32 years after the original film, Maniac (1980).
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The film is Unrated despite its adult content and dark nature, which would give it an R rating.
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This film marks the second time Elijah Wood portraying a serial killer. The first film is Sin City (2005).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Right after the scene when Frank kills the girl in a parking lot and he stands up with a knife in one hand and scalp in the other, you can see his reflection for a few seconds that is intentionally styled as the poster of the original movie Maniac (1980).
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The film that Frank and Anna see at the movie theatre is The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920). As they leave the theatre afterwards, Anna comments that she thought that the heroine was going to get killed at the end of the film to which Frank replies that the heroine was going to survive. She responds that the heroines would normally end up in mental institutions at the end of similar-type of films. In response, he states that at least the film has a happy ending. Ironically, surprisingly, and unfortunately, Anna herself, who is this film's heroine, does in fact get killed at the end of the film. Whereas, interestingly enough, in the original film, Maniac (1980), she survives.
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Body count: 8.
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This film's body count passes the original film's body count by only one victim. Maniac (1980)'s body count had a total of seven kills, while this film has a total of eight kills.
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In the original film, it was implied that Frank somehow lived even though no sequel came of it. Whereas in this film, he's confirmed dead.
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Frank suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Schizophrenia.
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