There’s a new Netflix show around the corner! Phew! It was almost like there weren’t enough things to watch already!
This new one is called Maniac, and is not to be confused with the 1980 horror film about a man who murders people and then sticks their scalps on the mannequins that live in his house - a film that also contains the second-best exploding head in cinematic history (the best being in Scanners, obviously).
It is also not to be confused with the 2012 remake starring Elijah Wood, which is actually very good, weirdly, for a horror remake. Oh yeah, and it’s ADDITIONALLY not to be confused with the 1934 film Maniac (also known as Sex Maniac), which contains, hands-down, the greatest transformation scene in any film ever made. Look:
Wow sorry, you came for the new Netflix trailer, didn’t you? Here it is:
Looks weird, right? Well, according to Netflix, the show (from True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga) is about this:
”Maniac tells the stories of Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill), two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons. Annie’s disaffected and aimless, fixated on broken relationships with her mother and her sister; Owen, the fifth son of wealthy New York industrialists, has struggled his whole life with a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia.
“Neither of their lives have turned out quite right, and the promise of a new, radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment—a sequence of pills its inventor, Dr. James K. Mantleray (Justin Theroux), claims can repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak—draws them and ten other strangers to the facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial that will, they’re assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently.
“Things do not go as planned.”
Great, it’s brilliant when things don’t go as planned. Why would you ever watch a TV show about something that went as planned? You wouldn’t, because things going to plan are only encouraged in real life, not on telly - on telly, we want bad things to happen. Plans to fail. PEOPLE TO DIE.
Anyway - proof of people dying unconfirmed - the show hits Netflix on September 21.
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