Jeff Labrecque
May 17, 2012 AT 02:49 PM EDT

Elijah Wood seems like one of the gentlest, kindest, most ethereal actors in movies, so the notion of him playing a murderous serial killer is initially difficult to fathom. I mean, he wouldn’t harm a fly. Ah… he wouldn’t harm a fly. That’s the rub, isn’t it? That “harm a fly” line is famously from the final scene of Psycho, and Wood, who stars in a remake of Maniac as a slasher with mommy issues, possesses the same preternatural sweetness that Anthony Perkins did in Hitchcock’s 1960 classic.

Take a look at the new NSFW teaser for Maniac, which debuts this week at Cannes.

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