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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 (Telecolor)
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Trivia:
The name of the character Adrian Marcato is borrowed from Rosemary's Baby (1968).See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Movie Connections:
References Jaws (1975)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
"Susie always screams before she goes on a journey", 2 July 2009
Author: Bezenby from United Kingdom

So, what's the worst Fulci film you've sat through? Is it Sweet House of Horrors? Well, that had some gore in it at least. Or it Aenigma? That one had some women in the scud, and a picture stabbing itself. Or is it Conquest? Well, I reckon that one is a classic myself, because it's got drug snorting werewolf men in it.

Nope, for me it's Manhattan Baby. I've sat through 14 of his films now, and even his later period films like the deranged Cat in the Brain are more entertaining than this. It's taken me three viewings to get a handle on what story there is, and it does have some positive aspects, but Fulci completely fumbles the ball on this film.

It starts off really well, in Egypt, where Christopher Connelly is doing some sort of dig into an ancient tomb. His wife and daughter, meanwhile, almost immediately fall into Fulci's nightmare world, when a blind (like the Beyond) woman hands the kid an amulet. Connelly, on the other hand, breaks into the tomb only to get his guide killed and himself blinded by purple laser beams (eh?).

This is all atmospherically done, but the moment the family return to New York, the film slips its moorings. Strange things begin to happen, like Tommy, Connelly's son, walking into a cupboard filled with light. But it's okay, because a few scenes later he's back, and nobody really cares anyway.

That's the main problem with this film. Fulci goes for the same disjointed series of scares that worked so well in The Beyond, but here manages to completely arse up just about every scene but making it either too inexplicable, too tame, or just too stupid. Sometimes the kids are terrified by what's happening, and yet other times they think it's some sort of game. Plus, there's almost no linking between the scenes whatsoever, no attempt to let the audience in on what's happening, until that last twenty minutes, and by that time I swear you'll be beyond caring. The final insult is that the ending is as lame as a one-legged donkey.

There are some positive aspects to this film that raise the rating slightly. The cinematography is uniformly excellent, the Egyptian scene is a great way to start the film, and there's a couple of scenes that do genuinely work, like the Psychic rolling about on the floor, screaming in Connelly's daughter's voice.

I'd love to know if this was the film that Fulci intended, because I don't reckon it is. There's too many hints that something went badly wrong in production, like the disjointed story or the recycled soundtrack (from the Beyond).

Only to be viewed as a person familiar with Fulci's work. I'd hate to see some unsuspecting horror fan's reaction to this mess.

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