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Manhattan Baby (1984)

Enzo Marino Bellanich , Brigitta Boccoli  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Enzo Marino Bellanich, Brigitta Boccoli, Andrea Bosic, Cosimo Cinieri, Christopher Connelly
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2001
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059PQ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,059 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Manhattan Baby" on IMDb

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why I Never Wanted a Sandbox June 28, 2002
Manhattan Baby, considered a failure by many critics that wanted Fulci to conform to the formula of horror that made him successful, was actually one of his more entertaining movies. This was because it did break from the proverbial mould, building more on a storyline and an ever-present, overwhelming scene of doom. Unlike many of his earlier movies (Zombie, The Beyond) that brought this bleak overview with them as well, Lucio decided to try a new avenue in this presentation, one that only briefly sprinkled gore into the cinematic formula, causing much of the fallout experienced. He said that he wanted to present a more metaphysical terror, using a small array of special effects in the process, that would give his film a more Catholicist, "evil can be beaten but not truly destroyed," mentality. Well, mission accomplished.
The storyline, with its Egyptian focal point, deals with the manifestation of an ancient evil that is awaken (and overused) by a little girl after her foolishly curious archeologist father prods at things best left alone. It has some nice scenes with pieces of dark humor mixed together with catchy "manifesations/proofs of the dark forces present," plus some humorously cheap scenes that keep the movie from taking itself too serious. All in all, its fun and a bit dark at the same time, and is a good film for horror lovers/Lucio fans that remember his Sci-fi trials/Westerners and not simply his gore films.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fulci Misses The Mark March 27, 2004
Italian horror will never be seen as art to the masses. Even the hardcore fans admit to the cheesiness as being part of the attraction to them, but even though it's a trashy kind of genre, you can screw up! Lucio Fulci screwed up here. To people now taking an interest in Fulci, I'm sure this dvd cover has stared out at you from the shelf at the store and beckoned you to take it home . Don't listen to it! Yeah, it's Fulci, and yeah, it's from Anchor Bay, but don't let that fool you. Manhattan Baby is BAD, even for a Fulci film. With most of his horror films you could always guarantee to have a fun viewing experience, but this is actually quite painful. Everything you love about his previous works is nowhere to be found here. Fulci was actually trying to make a real horror film with suspense and stuff. Many directors accomplish this, but Fulci never has, and he certainly doesn't here. Fulci's films excel in atmosphere, music, gore, cheesiness and just downright strangeness. This film has none of that. It's basically a reworking of the Charleton Heston mummy flick, The Awakening-which was no masterpiece, but better than this. The only purpose this dvd will serve is to make your Italian horror dvd collection look bigger, coz it will get only one or maybe two viewings-mark my words! You just may be better off investing in a Kiss Koffin. That will at least get more use.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Middling Fulci July 1, 2001
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This Lucio Fulci production, released following the effective but shoddy HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY (1981) and the shocking and sadistic NEW YORK RIPPER (1982), is essentially the last Lovecraftian horror he directed, and is a strangely subdued movie for Fulci. Editing is even more lackadaisical than usual, and the story is a hodgepodge of plot points and setups lifted from POLTERGEIST, THE EXORCIST, THE BIRD, THE AWAKENING, THE SHINING, to name only a few. Christopher Connelly, Martha Taylor and other principal actors walk around in a daze. (The child actor who plays the possessed girl is quite good, however, and the dubbing is less annoying than usual) There is also a tendency to rely on matte painting and other optical special effects, which can be construed as a bad strategy depending on one's point of view. (Shots of some blue rays shone into a character's eyes, and so on; some viewers may find them laughable) Of course, this being a Fulci film, there are a few impressive set pieces, including an extremely atmospheric opening sequence set in Egypt, a cobra attack shot with a "crawlercam," and the final fate of the au pair girl, nicely suggested rather than explicitly shown. However, gorehounds are warned that there is ONLY ONE bona fide Fulci-style gore scene, involving attacks by stuffed birds, in the entire movie!
As for DVD production qualities, MANHATTAN BABY boasts transfer from one of the cleanest prints I have ever seen, comparable to the Mario Bava collections from Image, with hardly any scratches or artifacts. The cinematography, by Guglielmo Mancori, is given a tremendous boost as a result. Sound quality is not as top-notch, though; I wish the sound mix favor evocative music score (there is no listing of the composer anywhere on the film!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a by the numbers film-yet still worth a view July 16, 2001
A complaint that can be made of just about every one of the many horror films out these days is that they have in some way, shape or form ripped off something from their predecessors. Manhattan Baby is no exception. Although I do not get the overt Exorcist connection that most people see in this film, I can definitely see the parallel with Poltergeist. Interestingly, although the film begins in an Egyptian tomb, most of the action takes place within an apartment-and the stylish way he transmits the claustrophobia of a tomb into this apartment for the duration of most of the film is where I think Fulci triumphs the strongest. Things I thought were effective: the actress who played the girl, the photo in the park, the conjured doorway, the body in the wall, the eyeless entity in the beginning of the film, and (I may stand alone on this one) the attack of the birds at the film's end-this scene was so out there, I was taken in nevertheless . . . strings and all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated film... Fulci scores big
Manhattan Baby is a beautiful shot supernatural thriller. I really enjoyed it and was shock that it got so many bad reviews. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D Bourgie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by walter ruether
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to spoil, nothing to the plot, basically boring. This movie...
Also released as Eye of the Evil Dead and The Possessed, this is yet another example of how Lucio Fulci (Aenigma, Conquest, The Beyond) is great as getting our attention and awful... Read more
Published 11 months ago by John's Horror Corner
4.0 out of 5 stars Fulci on autopilot.
This film fails to live up to the standards of Fulci's great horror work 1979-1982.

It plays like the old master just going through the motions of his greatest hits:... Read more
Published on August 28, 2012 by Superstar
3.0 out of 5 stars "Manhattan Baby" -- I wasn't quite sure how to react upon reading the...
"Manhattan Baby", despite the inclusion of a very small amount of gore near the end, managed to out-bore even the dull "The Black Cat". Read more
Published on June 4, 2011 by anoymous
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, but Flawed Experiment
"Manhattan Baby" opens with an excellent prologue set in atmospheric ruins of the Egyptian pyramids. Read more
Published on December 26, 2007 by Shaun Anderson
2.0 out of 5 stars WELL...COULD BE WORSE!
The daughter of a American Egyptologist falls under the influence
of a strange,eye-embossed amulet that can open the gateway into
the netherworld(Hey Lucio! Read more
Published on October 25, 2007 by CLINT BRONSON
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing waste of widescreen photography
I thought if I finally watched "Manhattan Baby" on DVD in widescreen rather than the poor full-screen video copies of it that were previously available, I'd be able to re-appraise... Read more
Published on March 29, 2006 by A. Griffiths
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad at all !
Lucio Fulci's "MANHATTAN BABY" is not even close to his best effort,but just like "SWEET HOUSE OF HORROR" it has its tiny moments of Fulci's atmospheric & gorey brilliance. Read more
Published on September 12, 2005 by creatureart
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucio fulci did it again the master in terror#1
this is another of his best movie ever done .i love it because
it started in a egypt pyramid were they frist meet a supernatural
evil the shock the archeolest. Read more
Published on May 23, 2002 by henry hueck
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