Monday, May 21, 2007


Maniac Cop (1988)
"You have the right to remain silent. Forever."


Tom Atkins as Frank McCrae (The Fog, Night Of The Creeps, Halloween III)
Bruce Campbell as Jack Forrest (Evil Dead 2, Bubba Ho Tep, Army of Darkness)
Laurene Landon as Theresa Mallory
Richard Roundtree as Commissioner Pike (Shaft)
Robert Z'Dar as Matt Cordell aka Maniac Cop

Directed by William Lustig
Rated: R
Widescreen; Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Studio: Synapse Video DVD
Release Date: November 14, 2006
Run Time: 87 minutes

DVD Features:

Commentary by writer/producer Larry Cohen, director William Lustig, and actor Bruce Campbell, Featurette with Robert Z'Dar, Additional scenes filmed for Japanese Television broadcast, Trailer and TV spots

Quick Review:
Let me just start by saying Maniac Cop, great movie. A trashy, tongue-in-cheek blend of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, '80s cop/action films, and slasher movies. I now plan to name my second born "Maniac Cop" ("Hector Mendoza" was all ready taken for my first born).

"Cop" sports one of the creepiest versions of New York City since THE WARRIORS. The city is almost empty during most of the action scenes, making for great urban horror. Atkins is great, as always, as the only cop in-the-know. And Bruce "the chin" Campbell, well you can't go wrong with Bruce. Look for Campbell's out of the blue roundhouse kick used to disarm Maniac Cop. The movie is just fast-paced and lots of fun.

The Special-Edition DVD looks great; probably better than it ever has before. I highly recommend renting or buying. Perfect "movie night" with some friends and a few beers.

Although the film is set in New York City, it was only shot there for three days.
Sam Raimi (Director of the Evil Dead and Spider-Man movies) makes a brief cameo as the parade reporter.
William Lustig (director of Maniac Cop) makes a brief cameo as a motel manager.
Spawned two sequels, Maniac Cop 2 (1990) and Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence (1993).
The Official Maniac Cop Fans Site.

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