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Maniac Cop (1988)


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Release Date: May 13, 1988 Wide



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A maniacal murderer is stalking New York City cops in this urban crime thriller. Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell) is suspected of being the killer until Lieutenant McCrae (Tom Atkins) is found dead. Jack takes over the case after McCrae's death with help from undercover cop and sweetheart Theresa (Laurene Landon). Commissioner Pike (Richard Roundtree) is under fire to solve the case as more men in blue meet their maker much too soon. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi


Action & Adventure, Horror

Larry Cohen

Mar 31, 1998

Trans World Entertainment

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A pretty underrated little slasher gem.

June 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Maniac Cop is still lots of fun for its "let's see what we can get away with" attitude.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Cohen takes the slasher/serial-killer genre and puts a unique spin on it while adding plenty of gallows humor.

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source:

Its execution sits perched well above its scummy aim, and the end result is that you feel guilty for wishing for something more perverted.

December 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A sturdy slasher flick that laces its splattery slayings with some anti-establishment undertones.

June 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Schlocky, but mildly entertaining.

July 19, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

Gruesome, gory, and actually kinda fun.

July 27, 2002

Audience Reviews for Maniac Cop

Atkins and Campbell have been in their share of Z-grade dregs but 'Maniac Cop' is their first collaboration and it's a regressive and preposterous crime thriller. The opening with the titular character assembling his uniform accoutrements (such as nightstick, holster, etc.) is ultrastylish and sets a dynamic tone, the convoluted backstory for what is essentially a zombie movie is second-rate and dopey. Not to mention, Lustig has a fondness for ugly Dutch angles and films the seedy murders as routinely as possible (aside from an impressively perilous piece of stuntwork off the docks). 'Bad Lieutenant' already mined the potential of a law-enforcer who is more amoral than the criminals he is pursuing. 'Maniac Cop' is a lousy action film that squanders Campbell's innate camp value.
October 11, 2011
Cory Taylor

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Maniac Cop is one of those horror films that deserves to be treasured by the Horror fan. It offers a great blend of horror and action. The cast is surprisingly good. This film is a great ride from start to finish.Maniac Cop is a superior B movie. This is one of William Lustig's finest horror films since Maniac. There is nothing to hate about this film. Maniac Cop offers a good blend of action and horror from a script by Scriptwriter Larry Cohen. A great cast of actors deliver great performances most notably Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead) and Tom Atkins (Lethal Weapon). For me along with The Evil Dead, Maniac Cop is the best Horror film that Bruce Campbell has starred in. Robewrt Z'dar plays the Maniac Cop Matt Cordell, responsible for murdering innocent people in the streets of New York. Maniac Cop is the first of three films featuriung this homicidal cop bent on destroying the NYPD and the city of NY, whom he loyaly served, but got framed for something that he did not do. Of the three films in the series, I throughly recommend this one, and the second one. Maniac Cop has become a horror favorite over the years, and it's no wonder why. Though not the best of it's kind, it's still pretty original and good considering that this was made at the end of 80's, and the horror films weren't as good as they were, only with a few exceptions of course. I highly recommend this film, and it holds a special place in my Horror DVD collection.
November 19, 2010
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Rather slow but it?s got Bruce Campbell so I liked it!
September 25, 2009

Super Reviewer

This film is pure shit that can't even be saved by Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, or Richard Roundtree.
October 11, 2008

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