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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.
So, this archaeologist goes spelunking in an Egyptian tomb where he encounters a glowing gemstone that shoots lasers into his eyes, blinding him. This may sound inexplicably random, but it's exactly the sort of senselessness I've come to expect from Fulci.
His young daughter Susie becomes possessed by some evil spirit inside of an amulet that dad gave her from the expedition. Because that's what archaeologists do with ancient Egyptian artifacts recovered during professional expeditions. They dole them out as gifts to children! Seems legit.
This movie was awful and its badness really wasn't even fun at all. Fulci steered away from his iconic gory shock tactics and tries to strike fear into us with such horrifying images as a cobra on your kitchen floor, being stuck in an elevator, a paranormal investigator's stupid babble or finding a scorpion in your desk drawer. If you're wondering how that would be scary, let me spare you the effort. It's not scary. Not a bit. It's just dumb. I can comfortably say that nothing about this movie was done well. Not even the X-ray that showed a cobra comfortably residing in Susie's chest, which by the way, was SUPER DUMB.
One scene made me laugh. We'll call it "taxidermy's revenge." A bunch of stuffed birds suspended by strings (which we can clearly see) kill a guy in the one gory scene of the movie.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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Totally confusing nonsense from late Italian goremeister Lucio Fulci, director of the splatterfests ZOMBIE  and GATES OF HELL . Read morePublished 12 months ago by Fred Adelman
Manhattan Baby is a beautiful shot supernatural thriller. I really enjoyed it and was shock that it got so many bad reviews. Read morePublished 17 months ago by D Bourgie
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
"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 morePublished on June 4, 2011 by anoymous
"Manhattan Baby" opens with an excellent prologue set in atmospheric ruins of the Egyptian pyramids. Read morePublished on December 26, 2007 by Shaun Anderson
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
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 morePublished on March 29, 2006 by A. Griffiths
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 morePublished on September 12, 2005 by creatureart