Cult fans rejoice because Franck Khalfoun, the director of Maniac starring Elijah Wood (a personal favourite), has returned with a new horror thriller! But alas, don't celebrate too speedily because the biggest issue with i Lived is that it is a good concept with terrible execution.
The Murderer Lives at Number 21 could be straight out of an Agatha Christie novel, an episode of Murder, She Wrote or Midsomer Murders or any other by the numbers murder mystery, which audiences still find as thrilling today as they did 70 years ago. Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, Murderer tells the story of Monsieur Durand, a mysterious killer who has seemingly chooses his victims at random, murders them and then leaves a calling card with his name. The only catch? No one knows who this Durand actually is, therefore leaving the town in horror that anyone could be the murderer.
Out this week is Franck Khalfoun's remake of William Lustig's 1980 horror film, Maniac. Following mentally disturbed loner Frank (Elijah Wood) who has quite severe mummy issues, he captures unsuspecting women in LA before finding rather interesting ways of murdering them and scalping them completely. He then uses the scalps of his victims to 'bring to life' the mannequins that he surrounds himself with, but he always sees his mum and all her faults.