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Maniac Cop (1988)

 -  Action | Crime | Horror  -  13 May 1988 (USA)
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In New York City, a man in a cop's uniform starts killing people for no apparent reason.

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Innocent people are being brutally murdered on the streets of New York City by a uniformed police officer. As the death toll rises and City Hall attempts a cover-up, Frank McCrae heads the investigation. A young cop, Jack Forrest, finds himself under arrest as the chief suspect, having been the victim of a set-up by the real killer and a mysterious woman phone-caller. Forrest, his girlfriend Theresa, and McCrae set out to solve the puzzle before the Maniac Cop can strike again. Written by Mr_John_Barrymore

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He Prefers To Kill, Instead Of Protect See more »

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Action | Crime | Horror

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13 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le flic de l'enfer  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$671,382 (USA)
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Trivia

Filmed back-to-back with Hit List (1989) See more »

Goofs

During final chase scene the Chevrolet Malibu police cruiser goes from a '79 to an '80 and back again. The SWAT van is also a Chevy Step Van until it goes in the drink - then it becomes an International Harvester Metro Van. See more »

Quotes

Frank McCrae: Gina this isn't about romance. It's about murder.
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Composed by Gail Jensen, Arnie Riddio
Vocals by Gail Jensen
© 1987 Jensen-Carradine Music
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Trash, but admittedly very enjoyable trash
31 July 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"Maniac Cop" is trash, but its highly enjoyable trash that never pretends to be anything its not. The film is free of any pretensions or artistic aspirations, which sometimes plague cult films. It exists solely to entertain, and its lack of depth is quite refreshing. This is goofy pulp material that fans of low-budget 80s exploitation will enjoy a great deal. I love 60s and 70s exploitation, but the 80s were a much more lame and mundane decade for the genre. However, there were a few grade-b classics from the era, and "Maniac Cop" is certainly one.

The films a bit between camp and actual quality. There's really no scares or even tension to be found anywhere. In fact, a lot of times the material is unintentionally funny. Fortunately, it never commits the ultimate b-movie sin, which is being boring. William Lustig's direction keeps this pulpy material moving at a very quick pace. The performances aren't exactly subtle, but is that to be expected from actors such as Bruce Campbell or Robert "The Chin" Z'Dar? Plus, the seedy atmosphere of a vintage NYC setting (which was pretty much cleaned up even by 1988) is a lot of fun to watch. "Maniac Cop" is one of the last great grindhouse films. (6/10)


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