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Maniac Cop (Special Edition)

4.2 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Two New York policemen and a policewoman search for a killer in uniform who should be dead.

Special Features

  • Commentary by writer/producer Larry Cohen, director William Lustig, and actor Bruce Campbell
  • Featurette with Robert Z'Dar
  • Additional scenes filmed for Japanese Television broadcast
  • Trailer and TV spots

Product Details

  • Actors: Bruce Campbell, Robert Z'Dar
  • Directors: William Lustig
  • Format: Restored, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS ES 6.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IJ7A5Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,015 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Maniac Cop (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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By Z. Freeman VINE VOICE on May 21, 2007
Format: DVD
First of all, let me clarify that the four star rating only qualifies in the genre of slightly-schlocky gore. For those of you that don't appreciate this type of movie, it's more like one star. But if you're looking to buy the DVD and reading this review, I have a feeling you're into this.

That being said, this is top quality when it comes to off-kilter horror action. A monstrous killer dressed like a cop is on the loose in New York, killing innocent people instead of criminals. One cop lets the paper know that they think it's a cop gone bad, which turns the public against the police force.

As the terror level escalates Bruce Campbell is framed for the murder of his wife, and becomes the lead suspect in the brutal killings. Now, only Bruce and two other cops know the chilling secret of the maniac cop, and will stop at nothing to try to stop him.

Although there are numerous amounts of "what the...?" sections in this film, it's still mindlessly enjoyable and Tom Atkins' performance as a hardnose cop keeps the film tenuously grounded in reality.

If you're into Bruce Campbell and silly horror movies, then you can't go wrong with Maniac Cop. If you're at all averse to either of those, then don't even bother thinking about it because you won't appreciate the hidden quality of such a classic as Maniac Cop.
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This Larry Cohen flick (produced and scripted by Cohen but directed by William Lustig) is a clever hybrid of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA story, 1970s and 1980s cop films, and the slasher sub-genre of horror cinema. But instead of an opera house, the venue has expanded to include the entire city of New York, and the wronged antagonist is not a forgotten composer but is, instead, a once-good police officer (hulking actor Robert Z'Dar) who was used as a scapegoat by higher-ups and was subsequently murdered in prison at the hands of thugs. Slasher-film elements come into play when the resurrected cop leaves a trail of corpses in his wake as he heads to city hall to even the score with his former bosses.

As is usually the case, Cohen's script is replete with dark tongue-in-cheek humor and palatable helpings of terror and blood. The gags (both the laughing and choking kind) are bolstered by the presence of horror-genre fave Bruce Campbell, he of EVIL DEAD (1981) fame; Tom Atkins, a ubiquitous face in police departments on TV and in the cinema; sexpot Laurene Landon, a Cohen favorite; and the original SHAFT (1971) himself, Richard Roundtree. There are also some delightful cameos from genre regulars like the late George "Buck" Flower, Victoria Catlin (known to genre fans from her role in David Lynch's TV series TWIN PEAKS), Judy Levitt (wife of STAR TREK's Walter Koenig), director William Lustig, and SPIDERMAN (2002) director Sam Raimi.

The Special-Edition DVD of MANIAC COP from Synapse is well worth the price of admission. It offers a crisp, rich digital transfer of the film in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (enhanced for 16x9 TVs) with the original Stereo SurroundSound soundtrack (as well as the option of using new Dolby 5.1 or DTS 6.1 soundtracks).
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one of my best early 80's horror, tom atkins,bruce campell,richard roundtree. How in the world you can go wrong with this gem blu-underground has done a bang up job on the presentation of this blu-ray a must have 4 horror genre fans.
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A mixture between 1980s exploitation movie and modern urban thriller, Maniac Cop stars cult movie stalwarts Bruce Campbell, Richard Rowntree and Tom Atkins. A movie moot is that the director is Jake le Motta’s nephew. For those that don’t know – Jake le Motta is the boxer whose life is depicted in Raging Bull.

The opening sequence of this film is vaguely similar to that of the first and best Nightmare on Elm Street franchise: like Freddy, Maniac Cop is getting prepared for his work – he is putting on the finer details of his uniform. There are no knife fingers here though as Maniac Cop relies on twisted justice, a truncheon, superhuman strength and size and insider titbits fed to him by an old girlfriend still on the force.

Like a lot of outings of the stalk and slash variety made in this era, MC is deeply flawed. The acting is wooden, the dialogue and story ludicrous – but we do not watch movies like this to be greeted with quality. It has no capacity to really scare either – but that isn’t a problem. It is still a joy – for all the reasons given above. No-one could call this film boring. Innocent people are being dispatched in the dead of night and by a police officer. One guy is drowned in concrete and has to be drilled out of hard pavement the next day. No-one trusts the men in blue anymore and the Police Chief (Rowntree) and Mayor want something done about it quick.

Of course those who are psychologically disturbed on the force or have ‘emotional problems’ should be looked at but as Rowntree points out ‘that would include the entire unit.
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