'Maniac': Elijah Wood's slasher film banned in New Zealand
Bad news for Elijah Wood: his New Zealand fans won't be able to see his latest project.
Due to its violent nature, the country's Office of Film and Literature Classification has restricted the viewing of "Maniac" to film festivals and film-studies courses only. It will not be released theatrically or on DVD, THR reports.
Ant Timpson, a programmer for the New Zealand International Film Festival (where "Maniac" is due to screen at the end of the month), commented on the ruling in a statement. "It's saying the POV (point of view) nature of the film mixed with the psychopathic behavior of actor Elijah Wood is more than disturbing; it's potentially dangerous in the hands of the wrong person -- that is, a non-festival-goer," Timpson said.
In the slasher film, Wood plays Frank Zito, a psychopathic killer shaped by his traumatic experiences as a child being raised by a prostitute. It is a remake of William Lustig's 1980 cult hit, and the remake was directed by Franck Khalfoun and premiered at Cannes.