6.0/10
11,739
100 user 190 critic

Maniac Cop (1988)

A killer dressed in a police uniform begins murdering innocent people on the streets of New York City.

Director:

William Lustig

Writer:

Larry Cohen
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Maniac Cop 2 (1990)
Crime | Horror | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A supernatural, maniac killer cop teams up with a Times Square serial killer.

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Robert Davi, Claudia Christian, Michael Lerner
Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A female cop is gunned down and wrongly accused of using excessive force in a hostage rescue attempt. Maniac cop returns from the dead once more to seek revenge, destroying everthing and ... See full summary »

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Robert Davi, Robert Z'Dar, Caitlin Dulany
Maniac (1980)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree?

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayton
Maniac Cop (2008)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A young woman walking home alone gets attacked by two vicious muggers in a New York City back alley. A lone cop arrives on the scene, but turns out to be anything but your average police officer.

Director: Chris R. Notarile
Stars: Kim Santiago, Damien Colletti, Roberto Lombardi
Intruder (1989)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The overnight stock crew of a local supermarket find themselves being stalked and slashed by a mysterious maniac.

Director: Scott Spiegel
Stars: Elizabeth Cox, Renée Estevez, Dan Hicks
Maniac Cop (2018)
Horror | Thriller

There's a monster on the loose on the streets of Los Angeles, or is it just a killer cop out to punish the city that destroyed him.

Directors: Star Butterfly, Marco Diaz, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Star Butterfly, Burstin Bits, Unikitty
The Burning (1981)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.

Director: Tony Maylam
Stars: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Atkins ... Frank McCrae
Bruce Campbell ... Jack Forrest
Laurene Landon ... Theresa Mallory
Richard Roundtree ... Commissioner Pike
William Smith ... Captain Ripley
Robert Z'Dar ... Matt Cordell
Sheree North ... Sally Noland
Nina Arvesen ... Regina Sheperd (as Nina Aversen)
Nick Barbaro Nick Barbaro ... Councilman
Lou Bonacki ... Detective Lovejoy
Barry Brenner ... Coroner
Victoria Catlin ... Ellen Forrest
James Dixon ... Clancy (as Jim Dixon)
Corey Michael Eubanks ... Bremmer (as Corey Eubanks)
Jill Gatsby ... Cassie Philips
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You have the right to remain silent. Forever. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Din iad See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$188,348, 15 May 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$671,382
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The actors that play both the protagonist (Bruce Campbell) and the antagonist (Robert Z'Dar) have had the nickname 'The Chin'. See more »

Goofs

It is explained that the severe beating/stabbing Cordell received while in prison caused him to lose "all higher brain function(s)". How does this make him impervious to gunshots and other injuries? This might make him unable to feel pain, but any injuries should eventually take their toll. See more »

Quotes

Desk sergeant: They don't make cops like him anymore. He was one of a kind.
Frank McCrae: He still is.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Harder They Fall (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Hello Heartbreak
Composed by Michael Shanklin and Tamila Jensen
Vocals by David Carradine
© 1984 Silver Feather Music Publishing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
One of the 80's better slasher films.,
11 March 2012 | by markhaazenSee all my reviews

Maniac Cop has a very simple plot, in New York a man dressed as a police officer is killing innocent civilians. Jack Forrest is a cop and gets framed, the real killer is Matt Cordell, a cop who was sent to prison for brutality and ended up getting killed inside. Forrest, his piece on the side Theresa and detective Frank McCrea try to solve the case, before the maniac cop kills again.

The acting is really good for a cheap 80's horror, Jack Forrest is played by the legend that is Bruce Campbell. Campbell is one of the few actors that can make even the worst of films watchable, and makes any good film like this that much better. After the Evil Dead movies and possibly Bubba Ho Tep, this is Campbell's best work. Genre legend Tom Atkins is perfectly cast as McCrea, Atkins starred in some of my very favourite 80's movies including The Fog, Escape From New York, Creepshow, Night Of The Creeps and obviously this. He was also the main star of the underrated Halloween 3 Season Of The Witch, a film that would probably be quite well liked if they had left Halloween out of the title. Richard Roundtree who is better known as Shaft is good in a small role as commissioner Pike, Laurene Landon, William Smith and Sheree North give good support. Robert Z'Dar who looks like a real life Quagmire from Family Guy, is a huge man and is very effective as the supernatural Matt Cordell.

William Lustig the director of the classic and directed this film and it's 2 sequels. Part 2 is also very good, part 3 had a lot of voodoo nonsense but was still okay. Larry Cohen wrote Maniac Cop, he's also well known in the horror genre having wrote and directed a whole host of well known movies. There's several very small cameo's to look out for, Sam Raimi, William Lustig and strangely the boxer Jake LaMotta all appear. The bodycount is quite high, I believe it's 19. There's some blood and gore but not much. It's only a short film at just under 90 minutes, so it keeps up a relentless pace and never comes close to being boring.

It was made on a pretty small budget of $1,100,000, I assume with the cast and crew involved here that many took a pay cut to get it made. The music score is fantastic, it really helps to build tension. I love Maniac Cop and wouldn't hesitate to give at least 4 stars, but the DVD picture quality isn't great and it's a bare bones disc. Arrow Video are releasing it on blu ray late October 2011, if the picture quality is a massive improvement and they throw in some extras then it could very well be a 5 star disc. Highly recommended for any fan of slightly cheesy 80's horror, but i'd wait for the Arrow release if you're thinking of buying it. I'll definitely be double dipping.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 100 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed