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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:
Color (Telecolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 Rosemary's Baby (1968)See more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Fulci Baby!, 11 September 2002
Author: Leigh Buckley Fountain from Richmond, VA

Hey - it's 1980 and Mr. Fulci wishes to do something 'not so horror'. So he created this tale about an Egyptian amulet which brings terrible tragedy to a New York family. I've seen about 15 of these Italian post-giallo horrors now from Fulci, Bava and of course, Argento. I found this one to be relatively well-dubbed and paced. In other words, the pace wasn't infintessimal and the actors didn't break from Italian into dubbed English and vice versa. For all I know, this was recorded in English given its title. Anyway, the two children in the film are strikingly eerie, remniscent of Village of the Damned's little miscreants, though the boy's voice seems very off (the only exception to my comment about the dubbing)- check out his first few lines in the park in "Manhattan"! Hilarious! The plot, while somewhat draggy as all of these films are (other societies don't demand a new scene every 2.5 minutes and either dialogue or action at all times it seems), it's not that slow. Of course these films are often watched for the unflinching depictions of gore that Italians are not afraid to deliver, and while the violence is a bit more subtle in this one than most, there are three scenes which will satisfy this type of viewer. Ultimately, this film's worst trait is its attempt at more 'psychological' horror in my opinion. However, it is not bad - as long as you are used to these Italians and their significantly different motivations and backgrounds from American directors. Oh, and as you might expect from Fulci, the cinematography is spellbinding at times.

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