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Manhattan Baby (1982)

Unrated | | Horror | 27 July 1984 (USA)
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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Professor George Hacker
Laura Lenzi ...
Emily Hacker (as Martha Taylor)
Brigitta Boccoli ...
Susie Hacker
Giovanni Frezza ...
Tommy Hacker
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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
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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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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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Featured in Beyond the Living Dead (2001) See more »

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Beautifully shot....Great score.
24 May 2007 | by (kentucky) – See all my reviews

Manhattan Baby is Fulci's dive into beautiful imagery. There's some scenes in this one that are genuinely breathtaking.

A medallion from an archaeological dig leaves a man blind. And a family falls into jeopardy after their son disappears into thin air, and their daughter is possessed by an ancient demon.

If the budget hadn't been cut for the film, I would imagine that this would be Fulci's most memorable film. People would think 'Manhattan Baby' instead of 'Zombie' when they heard the name Lucio Fulci.

Most horror fans haven't seen this one. It's true that MB isn't a film that succumbs to everyone's tastes. This is simply because in most Italian films, it's usually style over substance, which in some cases can leave an unseasoned viewer in total awe at the apparent inept plot line before them.

In Italian films (especially), you have to pay very close attention to the whole film. Certain plot definers aren't given 'camera-attention' at crucial times at any given time through any given film. in American films, the camera tells the story. The same can be said for Italian cinema, but a lot of times, it's much more subtle in its delivery and can leave one feeling incomplete until they eventually see it again.

Anyway, should you watch Manhattan Baby? Sure. I'll recommend it. It's a beautifully shot film with hardly any of that Fulci gore we all expected. It also has a great Gothic score that adds tons of surrealistic atmosphere that pulls you in for the most part.

Not a film for everyone, but the guru's of the cinema world will find a lot of redeeming qualities to talk about.


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