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Oct. 31, 2011by: Alex Riviello

Nothing really going on as far as movie news today since everyone's apparently in a candy coma, so why not watch a short film directed by and starring Shia LaBeouf? MANIAC comes to us from The Collective and Bloody Disgusting, the same team that's been doing an absolutely incredible job of getting horror films in theaters.

MANIAC stars Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi) and Chris Palko (aka CAGE) as two serial killers. Wait a minute- black and white film, French dialogue, a camera crew following a serial killer- yes, LaBeouf's apparently a big fan of the classic MAN BITES DOG. (If you haven't seen that incredible film, pick up the Criterion disc ASAP.)

This is a pretty great homage, and very brutal in its own right. Enjoy, and Happy Halloween-

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11:50PM on 11/01/2011

Check out the song it's based on

For a little context. I saw Kid Cudi while he was in San Francisco and Cage came out, and they did the song together. I want to see Kid Cudi in a big screen flick one of these days, he's shown he can do some acting in How To Make It In America.

Also I think it's become too cool to hate on Shia. He's gonna have a good career ahead of him, he comes across as arrogant at times, but he's been able to carry a few movies.
For a little context. I saw Kid Cudi while he was in San Francisco and Cage came out, and they did the song together. I want to see Kid Cudi in a big screen flick one of these days, he's shown he can do some acting in How To Make It In America.

Also I think it's become too cool to hate on Shia. He's gonna have a good career ahead of him, he comes across as arrogant at times, but he's been able to carry a few movies.
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9:24AM on 11/01/2011

I like how there was no mention of Cage in the original version of this article btw.

But how's this for a tidbit... Shia is a huge Weathermen/Cardboard City fan (even going as far as throwing up his allegiance to cardboard city at the end of his appearances on SNL). Cage is the founder of Cardboard City and Shia plans on writing, directing, and starring in a film about rapper Cage's life. His "Raging Bull" as he calls it.
But how's this for a tidbit... Shia is a huge Weathermen/Cardboard City fan (even going as far as throwing up his allegiance to cardboard city at the end of his appearances on SNL). Cage is the founder of Cardboard City and Shia plans on writing, directing, and starring in a film about rapper Cage's life. His "Raging Bull" as he calls it.
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8:55AM on 11/01/2011

I'll be honest...

I thought that was very intense and well done.
I thought that was very intense and well done.
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3:28AM on 11/01/2011
That was pretty sick and I'm not sure if I mean that in a good or bad way.
That was pretty sick and I'm not sure if I mean that in a good or bad way.
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10:43PM on 10/31/2011
Sorry guys, I completely knew that. I've been listening to Cage's song he did with RJD2 "Weather People" (with a sample from Goblin's SUSPIRIA theme) a ton this week too!
Sorry guys, I completely knew that. I've been listening to Cage's song he did with RJD2 "Weather People" (with a sample from Goblin's SUSPIRIA theme) a ton this week too!
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9:36PM on 10/31/2011

It's NOT Shia Labeouf :/

Yeah, he directed it, but it's CAGE that's opposite Kid Cudi, a particularly awesome rapper in his own right.
Yeah, he directed it, but it's CAGE that's opposite Kid Cudi, a particularly awesome rapper in his own right.
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9:07PM on 10/31/2011

BUBBLES AND CONKY!!!

AWESOME =)
AWESOME =)
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8:23PM on 10/31/2011
Solid. While derivative of other films at times, I dug it. People have to not look at this as a "Oh Shia, fuck that guy" and look at it from a film making standpoint, which it was extremely well done in all aspects.
Solid. While derivative of other films at times, I dug it. People have to not look at this as a "Oh Shia, fuck that guy" and look at it from a film making standpoint, which it was extremely well done in all aspects.
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8:23PM on 10/31/2011
The author's mistake here was referring to Shia as the 'star' of the film when he is in fact the director with a cameo.

It's amazing how much of a feel they create for the coldness of both the season & the killers' actions just with the color palette alone.
The author's mistake here was referring to Shia as the 'star' of the film when he is in fact the director with a cameo.

It's amazing how much of a feel they create for the coldness of both the season & the killers' actions just with the color palette alone.
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8:09PM on 10/31/2011
Artsy. Kinda like a really high grade student film, shows a ton of promise for LaBeouf's behind the camera talents in the future.
Artsy. Kinda like a really high grade student film, shows a ton of promise for LaBeouf's behind the camera talents in the future.
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7:39PM on 10/31/2011
If you are going to have your characters speak French, cast someone who can actually speak the language. I don't care if it's an hommage, I couldn't understand half the things they said, and French is my native tongue.
If you are going to have your characters speak French, cast someone who can actually speak the language. I don't care if it's an hommage, I couldn't understand half the things they said, and French is my native tongue.
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7:00PM on 10/31/2011
That's not Shia LaBeef.
That's not Shia LaBeef.
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7:09PM on 10/31/2011
Shia is the camera guy at the end.
Shia is the camera guy at the end.