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Manhattan Baby (1984)





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Christopher Connelly (Trauma) plays an archaeologist who desecrates the tomb of a 5,000-year-old god of cruelty and evil, and is temporarily blinded by lasers from a blue stone in the wall. Meanwhile, a sightless old woman gives his daughter, Susie (Brigitta Boccoli), an identical stone -- the Evil Eye -- in a town square. Back in New York, Susie's eyes start glowing blue as she plays with her brother, Tommy (Giovanni Frezza), and her babysitter, Jamie Lee (Cinzia De Ponti). Everything goes haywire after that. The apartment security guard plunges to his death in an elevator shaft, a cobra shows up in the living room and gets lodged in Susie's esophagus, and her mother's friend, Luke (Carlo De Mejo), turns to sand. It seems that the evil god is using Susie as a vessel to open a rift in the space-time continuum. Before too long, Susie and Tommy are jetting back and forth through the rift to Egypt, Jamie Lee has disappeared, and Susie's mother seeks out a man named Adrian Marcato (see Rosemary's Baby) to exorcise the demon. That night, the stuffed birds which he keeps in his store come to life and attack him, rending his flesh as he dies screaming.more
Rating: R (violence)
Genre: Art House & International, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Dardano Sacchetti, Elisa Livia Briganti
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On DVD: Aug 6, 2002
Anchor Bay Entertainment


Brigitta Boccoli
as Susie Hacker
Christopher Connelly
as Prf. George Hacker
Martha Taylor
as Emily Hacker
Giovanni Frezza
as Tommy Hacker
Cinzia de Ponti
as Jamie Lee
Cosimo Cinieri
as Adrian Mercato
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All Critics (3)

This is one of Fulci's lesser films---which is another way of saying it really stinks.

Full Review… | April 21, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of Lucio Fulci's worst, and that's saying something.

Full Review… | October 9, 2001
Apollo Guide

July 16, 2005

Audience Reviews for Manhattan Baby

Manhattan Baby has been unfairly criticized for being one of Lucio Fulci's worst movies. Although far from perfect, this is nonetheless a pretty good effort that delivers some pretty effective thrills. I believe that one of the reasons that this film has received such negativity among genre fans is that this film departs from Fulci's previous efforts and he does something different. The film does have some gore, but it's very minimal compared to others in his filmography. The film relies on atmosphere to create terror, and even if it's not Fulci's finest work, this is among his most underrated. Manhattan Baby is a film that I would recommend more to the diehard Fulci fan. If you're just getting into his work, you may not want to start here. The film boasts an interesting plot, but one that definitely left a lot of room for improvement. Though I enjoyed the film, the film should have been better due to the fact that it boasted an interesting concept a terrific sense of atmosphere. In terms of what you'd expect from a Fulci film, you won't be disappointed, as this one still boasts plenty of bizarre and eccentric moments to thrill the diehard Fulci fans. If you're simply a casual fan, you may want to pass up on this; only the most demanding fan of Fulci's work will enjoy it, and appreciate its supernatural terror. This is a worthwhile film to view, especially if you enjoy his work, and though it is not perfect, it still is a well crafted film that has everything you'd expect from a Fulci film. Manhattan Baby is an underrated gem, that deserves to be seen and enjoyed for what it is, a supernatural nightmare, which is what Fulci accomplished even if it doesn't live up to The Beyond.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


This wasn't a fantastic horror movie, but I gotta say I was intrigued. The story about the influence of ancient evil on the young girl and all the weird things that happened to everyone was a new and different take on possession. That was mainly what I liked about it. But I felt there could have been more that happened to the characters, and some better death scenes. Overall it's pretty good, and if you like Fulci's films, you should see this one.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Supernatural Fulci film with a plot that's more silly than usual about an American family who arrive home from a trip to Egypt with an ancient curse that the daughter has brought back with her in the form of a mysterious pendant. The plot just doesn't make sense and nothing is explained in great detail. It's also quite restrained gore-wise with nothing too nasty except for a fairly bloody bird attack which takes place right at the end. A forgettable effort by Fulci really.

Lee ?

Super Reviewer

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