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Manhattan Baby -- PULL UP YOUR EYEBALLS AND DIE!

From Lucio Fulci, the director of New York Ripper, comes his utterly bizarre descent into a surreal world of creepy kids, Egyptology, flesh tearing birds, walls that bleed, creepy tombs and much more!
A succinct plot synopsis is frankly near impossible but here goes: There's a possessed Egyptian amulet, what looks like a gate to hell and rip-off moments from a variety of classic genre films including The Exorcist, The Awakening, The Birds, The Omen and most notably Rosemary's Baby.

Despite the dubious plotting Fulci was at the height of his powers when he made this highly atmospheric and stunningly shot horror film that makes up in classic set pieces and pierced eyeballs what it lacks in coherence!

Manhattan Baby (cert. 18) will be released uncut (for the first time in the UK) on DVD by Shameless Screen Entertainment. The film will be presented remastered in 2.35:1 with English 2.0 sound. Also included on the disc is a Shameless original trailer gallery.

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Director:
Writers:
Elisa Briganti (screenplay)
Elisa Briganti (story)
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Release Date:
27 July 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Little Susie is very young, very pretty, and very very evil! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Mannix ... Adrian Mercato (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Martin Sorrentino ... Caretaker (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Luke (voice: English version) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lucio Fulci 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Elisa Briganti  screenplay (as Elisa Livia Briganti)
Elisa Briganti  story (as Elisa Livia Briganti)
Dardano Sacchetti  screenplay
Dardano Sacchetti  story

Produced by
Fabrizio De Angelis .... producer
 
Original Music by
Fabio Frizzi 
 
Cinematography by
Guglielmo Mancori 
 
Film Editing by
Vincenzo Tomassi 
 
Production Design by
Massimo Lentini 
 
Costume Design by
Massimo Lentini 
 
Makeup Department
Antonio Maltempo .... makeup artist
Maurizio Trani .... makeup artist
Luciano Vito .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Palmira De Negri .... production manager
Paolo Gargano .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Giandalia .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Mariangela Capuano .... assistant production designer
Rodolfo Ruzza .... props
 
Sound Department
Eros Giustini .... sound
Bruno Moreal .... sound mixer
Guglielmo Smeraldi .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Francesco Bellomo .... still photographer (as Franco Bellomo)
Franco Brescini .... chief electrician
Ennio Brizzolari .... key grip
Franco Bruni .... camera operator
Adriano Mancori .... assistant camera
Aldo Marchiori .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Spigarelli .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Rita Antonelli .... assistant editor
Pietro Tomassi .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Rita Agostini .... continuity
Antonio Benetti .... laboratory photography
Pino Colizzi .... dubbing director
Alfredo D'Angelo .... tapestry (as D'Angelo)
Rick Dallago .... location manager
Roberto Pace .... set technician
E. Rancati .... furniture
Luca Santolini .... production secretary
Otello Tomassini .... administrator
Otello Tomassini .... cashier
Fabio Traversari .... set technician
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Eye of the Evil Dead" - USA (dubbed version)
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Runtime:
89 min
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Color:
Color (Telecolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The name of the character Adrian Marcato is borrowed from Rosemary's Baby (1968).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: On the end of the movie, when Adrian Mercato is attacked by the birds, a thread is visible, holding one of the birds.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Jaws (1975)See more »

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A good, but very flawed effort, 21 June 2008
Author: sgtking from United States

The early 80s was a great time for Italian horror director Lucio Fulci. After the 1979 hit 'Zombi 2,' known in the US as 'Zombie,' he brought us classics like 'City of the Living Dead' and 'The Beyond.' The latter is called his masterpiece by many and while my vote goes for the former, it's still a solid horror piece. But then, and too soon, his success started to go downhill with lesser works. 'The New York Ripper' has it's supporters, but also many who would rather watch one of his classics again. The same year as the release of that film, came this oddity which too has gained much negative criticism. I saw it once on VHS years ago and didn't exactly disagree with the majority that hated it, but after seeing it a second time years later in the form of Anchor Bay's DVD and after seeing several of the director's better titles my views on the film have changed, a little.

Pros: A really strong opening in Egypt, as well as a great use of the locations. Beautiful cinematography. Respectable performances from the leads. Moves at a good steady pace. A powerful score, though it would've been nice had they not recycled so much of some of Fabio Frizzi's other scores. Some good surreal and atmospheric scenes. A couple cool death sequences.

Cons: Little to nothing makes sense. Some huge plot holes. The dubbing on the little boy is laughable. Derivative of better horror films like 'Poltergeist' and 'The Exorcist.'

Final thoughts: First of all, if you're interested in seeing Fulci's work I strongly recommend you don't start here. Check out some of the other films I mentioned above first and then give this one a shot. After seeing this again I admit I kind of dig it, but it's not something to see again and again. Apparently it was meant to be a bigger budgeted and more lavish production, but something went wrong with the producer, distributor, or something and it shows. But all things considered, it's still a fairly interesting surreal horror flick.

My rating: 3/5

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