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Maniac Cop (1988)




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In this gripping thriller, a renegade New York cop becomes a terrifying vigilante/killer.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Action & Adventure , Horror
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Trans World Entertainment

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Tom Atkins
as McCrae
Bruce Campbell
as Forrest
Laurene Landon
as Theresa
William Smith
as Ripley
Robert Z'Dar
as Matt Cordell
Nick Barbaro
as Councilman
Lou Bonacki
as Detective Lovejoy
Barry Brenner
as Coroner
Victoria Catlin
as Ellen Forrest
Jill Gatsby
as Cassie Phillips
John F. Goff
as Jack's Lawyer
Jon Greene
as Tactical Sergeant
Dan Hicks
as Squad Leader
Erik Holland
as Dr. Gruber
Marcia Karr
as Nancy
Judy Kerr
as Motel Maid
Judy Levitt
as Woman in Car
William Lustig
as Motel Manager
Vic Manni
as Jail Guard
Tito Nunez
as Chico
Louis Pastore
as "John"
Frank Pesce
as Watchman
Sam Raimi
as Parade Reporter
Carla Reynolds
as Police Officer
Tom Taylor
as Man in Bar #2
Ingrid van Dorn
as Waitress
Luke Walter
as Musician
Patrick Wright
as Prison Guard
Lee Arnone
as White Woman (TV sequence)
Nay K. Dorsey
as Young Black Man (TV sequence)
George 'Buck' Flower
as Old Man (TV sequence)
Alma Washington
as Black Woman (TV sequence)
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Critic Reviews for Maniac Cop

All Critics (10)

A pretty underrated little slasher gem.

Full Review… | June 15, 2013
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review… | January 11, 2007

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

Full Review… | December 6, 2006
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review… | June 15, 2006
Lessons of Darkness

Schlocky, but mildly entertaining.

July 19, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

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.

Cory Taylor
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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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

Chris Garman
Chris Garman

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