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Maniac Cop1988

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  • 3.5
Innocent people are brutally killed on the streets of New York by a uniformed police officer. A young cop, Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell), finds himself marked as the chief suspect after his wife is murdered. As Lieutenant Frank McCrae (Tom Atkins) investigates these mysterious killings, the death toll rises and he suspects a mysterious police cover-up. This “maniac” cop must be stopped, but it might not be so easy! He isn’t an ordinary man. He’s inhuman… driven by supernatural forces and ready to take on the entire police force, hell-bent on revenge!

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Amid the horde of slasher films made in the 1980's, WIlliam Lucking's "Maniac Cop" is a diamond in the rough. It's a low-budget, high-octane update of a 1940's film noir that goes for laughs just as much as it goes for screams. It's gritty yet goofy, like an old EC horror comic that crawled out of it's shallow grave and made it to the movie screen in the final fading days of the Grindhouse. If for nothing else, watch it for the amazing crash scene that comes at the film's climax. That's a real stuntman risking life and limb to get the shot; no CGI, just filmmaking the way it used to be done.

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Amid the horde of slasher films made in the 1980's, WIlliam Lucking's "Maniac Cop" is a diamond in the rough. It's a low-budget, high-octane update of a 1940's film noir that goes for laughs just as much as it goes for screams. It's gritty yet goofy, like an old EC horror comic that crawled out of it's shallow grave and made it to the movie screen in the final fading days of the Grindhouse. If for nothing else, watch it for the amazing crash scene that comes at the film's climax. That's a real stuntman risking life and limb to get the shot; no CGI, just filmmaking the way it used to be done.

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The name William Lustig should be quite familiar to any Horror fan. Most notably for Maniac, of course. This is of course a must watch for any fan. The last couple scenes are pretty great. There are no cgi effects here. Great stuff from a true legend.

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The cop is a maniac and so are creators William Lustig and Larry Cohen in this memorable slasher flick. As usual with them, everything in this movie is off its rocker and out to lunch. You can't trust them to make much sense. You also can't trust the characters to behave like normal people. What you can trust is Lustig and Cohen to deliver a trashy good time with solid carnage. How exactly did deceased headcase policeman Robert Z'Dar come back to life as a bulletproof psychotic zombie? Lustig and Cohen give us as much explanation we need, which is no explanation. They just wind him up and set him loose. It helps that the good guys are Bruce Campbell and Tom Atkins, two actors whom we've seen in enough oddball movies that we'll believe any crazy thing that they say. The terrific cast of cult movie stalwarts also includes Richard Roundtree, pock-marked police captain William Smith and Laurene Landon as a lady vice cop who manages to look tough even after going crazy with a hair crimper.

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Has anyone ever coined the phrase "thought-shlock" before? If not I'm coining it in reference to Maniac Cop, a far from typical slasher film with a premise that creates some genuine talking points. Would be a daring film to remake in America's current, post-Ferguson political climate. The most interesting aspect for me had nothing to do with the killer or his backstory and everything to do with the fractured paranoia his actions inspire throughout the city and its local police force.

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Cambell's character has a lot to overcome to develop any kind sympathy with the audience. He's an ornery cuss to his wife and he's screwing around with a co-worker. Not exactly the kind of guy you want to root for. As the movie progresses though, you almost forget all that. His emotive facial expressions and physicality that's a cross between Jackie Chan and Dick Van Dyke really carries the film. Best example is when he's being tossed around in the back of the Paddy Wagon during the final chase scene. It's over the top but you want to believe it by then. Continuity issue in that very same scene. Forest's (Campbell) girlfriend, supposedly a capable police officer, points the loaded shotgun several times at both her own face and that of the young officer driving her to the Pier. Anyone with any firearms training would have maintained better muzzle control, particularly in a vehicle in pursuit. All and all, very entertaining action flick and that's what movies are all about. Would have been nice if there'd been an explanation offered as to Matt's ability to survive multiple point blank gunshot wounds unscathed. Bet that was deemed too silly and left on the cutting room floor. Good makeup on Matt and watch for Sam Raimi's cameo in the parade.

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this is a masterpiece of cinema thrilling and action packed, as well a must see if you like lots of thrills and intense frame by frame action .William Lustig, the director did a sensational job directing maniac cop it is well worth watching..

Every horror fan knows about Maniac Cop, and I am in the camp that loves the movie (and the sequels) despite the flaws. Bruce Campbell does his thing and makes the movie better by his sheer presence alone (which is something that usually only the mighty Lance Henriksen can accomplish). Robert Z'Dar is camp personified, and the cameo from Sam Raimi is great stuff.

Almost good, almost campy, almost a cult classic candidate. Like so many films that fall short, there is a story here, albeit one done many times since and before. The acting is, for the most part, actually quite reasonable. However, the script falls short, especially the dialogue which, to me, several times seemed disconnected from the scene. All that said, I still enjoyed it. Not enough to watch it more than once, but enough to recommend it to anyone who likes B-movies.

Pretty standard slasher flick. Worth a watch for the prescient themes of police violence and distrust within the community. The car stunt at the end is pretty hardcore too.

Every day should be a Larry Cohen day :)

Another good "bad" movie. I need to see the other installments of this. True story: I had a very strict teacher in sixth grade named Mr. Salinas. He was really cold and cruel to the students and made it clear he thought he was wasting his time on teaching idiots. For reasons I can't recall, he was fired and ended up being a postman. A friend who had him as a teacher waited on him at the video store (my friend) worked at and Mr. Salinas asked him "Ya'll got Maniac Cop 4"? Life is sweet sometimes my friends!

Awesome. Feel the 80's.

what others martial arts movies do you have like olds one.

excellent movie great to watch

anything with Bruce Campbell is gold.