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Manhattan Baby (1982)

 -  Horror  -  27 July 1984 (USA)
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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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Christopher Connelly ...
Professor George Hacker
Laura Lenzi ...
Emily Hacker (as Martha Taylor)
Brigitta Boccoli ...
Susie Hacker
Giovanni Frezza ...
Tommy Hacker
Cinzia de Ponti ...
Jamie Lee
Cosimo Cinieri ...
Adrian Mercato (as Laurence Welles)
Andrea Bosic ...
Optician
Carlo De Mejo ...
Luke
Enzo Marino Bellanich ...
Wiler (as Vincenzo Bellanich)
Mario Moretti ...
Tennant
Lucio Fulci ...
Dr. Forrester
Tonino Pulci ...
Orderly (as Antonie Pulci)
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Archaelogists open egyptian tomb and release evil spirit. Daughter of one of the professors gets possessed by freed enity and the gorey murders begin. Written by Humberto Amador

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Little Susie is very young, very pretty, and very very evil! See more »

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Horror

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27 July 1984 (USA)  »

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Eye of the Evil Dead  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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The name of the character Adrian Marcato is borrowed from Rosemary's Baby (1968). See more »

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Reflected in the archaeologist's big sunglasses when we see him in his office in New York near the beginning of the film. See more »

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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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The title makes little sense, as does the film itself.
28 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

First off, "Manhattan Baby" is not a very good title for this movie. There is no baby, though the film does take place in said city. Which is not very surprising, Fulci loved New York often filming scenes and such there even when the city itself was not prevalent in the plot. He also did not get permission to film there for the most part, hence the strange zombie scene on the bridge where the zombies are in a area not really known for having all that many people and traffic below was normal. Here the film starts in Egypt as a archaeologist proceed into a tomb that is cursed with one brave soul. Is this brave soul to become a lifelong friend of our hero? No, but he got the point of the film. While dad is exploring his daughter is handing money over to a woman who apparently went to "The Beyond", another of Fulci's films, perhaps his best. This woman had the creepy eyes and they played recycled music from that film throughout this one which either indicated the two films were somehow related, or they skimped on the music budget. They return to their home in New York where the dad is blind then better in a flash and the daughter and son are both acting strange. Part of the problem with this film, they indicate only the girl is being taken over, yet the boy too seems kind of strange. So we have the dad who refuses to believe anything strange is happening when one of the mom's coworkers simply vanishes and sand is left behind and we have a pointless scene of a security guard being killed in boring fashion. Where is the gore? Not much in it with the exception of the bird attack at the end, which at least the best kill was saved for last. Having very little plot worked for "The Beyond" as it had better pacing, kills were never all that far apart. Here the film drags, one to many shots of eyes, I realize it is his trademark, but here it just seems silly at times. This one just did not do it, it needed an explanation, all I know is that the medallion the girl had was somehow doing rather pointless things. Why? Who knows. The babysitter disappears and the boy seems partly responsible and seems to be just as possessed as the girl, but this is not explained either. Still, it had a nice flair and set up some interesting things, it just fails to deliver a really good payoff other than the bird attack. Then it ends in a generic fashion. I enjoyed some of the other supernatural horror films of Fulci's, but this one kind of ends up being pointless as while leaving things unexplained in "The Beyond" worked, it hinders this film.


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