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Manhattan Baby

3.1 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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An archaelogist opens an Egyptian tomb and accidently releases an evil spirit. His young daughter becomes possessed by the freed enity and, upon arrival back in New York, the gory murders begin.

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  • An Interview With Writer Dardano Sacchetti

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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
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  • 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 (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059PQ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,621 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By TorridlyBoredShopper TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 28, 2002
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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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Totally confusing nonsense from late Italian goremeister Lucio Fulci, director of the splatterfests ZOMBIE [1979] and GATES OF HELL [1980]. Unfortunately, Lucio comes up with a cropper here, as the plot limps along at a snail's pace and most of it is filmed in such extreme close-up that Tylenol is needed to cure the extreme headache it induces from watching it. Storyline involves an archaeologist (Christopher Connelly) visiting Egypt with his wife (Martha Taylor) and daughter (Brigitta Boccoli). He discovers a tomb of a 5,000 year old demon and is blinded by a carving of a blue eye on the tomb wall. Meanwhile, while mom is away taking photos of Egyptian ruins, the daughter is handed an amulet in the shape of the blue-eyed carving by a blind old hag. Daughter becomes possessed and strange things begin to happen once they move back to their apartment in Manhattan. Cobras and scorpions appear. The apartment security guard dies after falling through the elevator floor. The babysitter disappears. One of mom's co-workers vanishes in a flash of white light with Egyptian sand left in his place. Dad and Mom try to save their daughter. Can they do it? This is practically a goreless exercise except for the last five minutes where a professor (Fulci) is torn apart by his collection of stuffed birds! MANHATTAN BABY is also known as EYE OF THE EVIL DEAD and POSSESSED. Dreary. A Lightning Video VHS Release and available on DVD from Anchor Bay and Blue Underground. Unrated.
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Manhattan Baby is a beautiful shot supernatural thriller. I really enjoyed it and was shock that it got so many bad reviews. It's not for everyone but if you are a fan of Fulci check it out. The film is almost dreamlike in some sequences and the score by Fabio frizzi is chilling. The ending I think will confuse people but I understood it after a second watch that made me love the film even more. This film is truly a underrated masterpiece. Highly recommended.
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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 at storytelling. He's also bad at titles. Why oh why is this called "Manhattan Baby"? Yes, the girl lives in New York. But "baby"? What was this guy smoking when he came up with this?

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.
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