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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)

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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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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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Mother!! Make it STOP!!!, 29 January 2005
Author: GroovyDoom from Haddonfield, IL

This one is enough to test the patience of even the most tolerant fan of horror films with an "elliptical" narrative. For me, "Manhattan Baby" was a no-win situation.

The opening was halfway decent, albeit entirely unoriginal: an archaeologist ventures into the proverbial "cursed tomb". At the same time, his daughter is visited by a strange woman with white eyes who gives her a silly-looking medallion.

The father is blinded and upon their return to "Manhattan", the strange things begin to happen. The film was immediately plunged into "uh-oh" territory the moment I realized the young girl had a brother--none other than the annoying little blonde-haired moppet from "House By The Cemetery", even more terribly dubbed than in that film, and just as grotesque.

The film lags in several areas. First off, there is no suspense. The film never makes it entirely clear what is happening whenever something does happen. The kids disappear into their closet, screaming, but then reappear as if nothing has happened (and the parents never notice). Other people disappear into bright lights and never return. Characters recoil in horror from insert-shots of snakes and scorpions, but then suddenly seem as if everything is fine and the snake was never there. Some miscellaneous characters die in weird ways, like a security guard who takes an unfortunate elevator ride. Is he even missed by anybody? We never know. There is an "au pair" girl who suddenly turns up missing. The children smile cryptically to each other when the parents ask where she went. Do the parents inform the authorities that their babysitter is missing? Of course not.

There are some silly references to "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Exorcist", too, none of which seem clever or surprising. There is too much logic sidestepped and nothing to take its place. The special effects are muddled, at best. The score by Fabio Frizzi is recycled (cannibalized?) from his own score for "Zombi 2". The climax of the film is ridiculous.

This movie might make your head hurt, or your eyes close.

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