New Zealand Banned "Maniac" Remake

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New Zealand Banned "Maniac" Remake

They loved him as Frodo, but it seems New Zealanders won't get to see Elijah Wood as a killer.

New Zealand’s Office of Film and Literature Classification has banned Franck Khalfoun's "Maniac" remake from being released theatrically and on disc in the country.

The OFLC has ruled that the film can be shown only if it’s being used in a tertiary media studies course or a tertiary film studies course, or screened as part of a festival. In each case, the audience must be over 18.

The board says that due to the film being shot from the point of view of the killer, the viewer is put in the position of the killer and is thus "injurious to the public good".

The last film to receive this 'festival only' classification was the 2007 suicide documentary "The Bridge".

Neil Foley, a rep for Australian distributor Monster Pictures, says that: "Banning the film beyond festival screenings is an insult to the intelligence of the adult population of New Zealand and does little more than to serve as an open invitation to illegally pirate the film. We are flabbergasted."

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