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Maniac Cop (1988)

Maniac Cop (1988)

Country: USA

Director: William Lustig

Main Stars: Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon

Storyline: People in NY are being murdered by someone in a police uniform

MV5BMTgyMjM5MDI5OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDM3NjgzMQ@@__V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_Review (Spoils): The film starts off with what the whole setting is going to be…who can you trust? We have a young lady trying to escape some punks and runs towards a police officer for help and he picks her up and breaks her neck. The two punks were witness of the murder and the investigation now begins. The murders start to become more common and people are witnessing it all and the city is trying to cover it up.

We have breaking necks, blades from billy clubs, lots of blood, a fun face smash in wet cement, innocent police being murdered by citizens as they don’t know who is a true officer of the law or the maniac cop, gun shots, stabbings, some super power strength like Jason and of course lots of guessing on who is the killer.

I’m not going to make any comments on this to spoil the movie as that would be too easy and also no comments on trust of the police force and what is currently been going on in certain parts of the US.

But we have a classic 80’s horror film that involves Bruce Campbell so what is there not to love as everything he touches is gold.

Rating: If you have some time free as the film is not very long at all and you want to see a high body count film check this out. Of course if you’re a Bruce Campbell fan you must see this one, this is just the first of the small series and before they wrecked it with a remake.

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5/10 Beers!

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Maniac (1980)

Maniac (1980)

Country: USA

Director: William Lustig

Main Stars: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayto, Tom Savini, Kelly Piper, Sharon Mitchell

Storyline: A wicked childhood has leaded a man into killing women and taking their scalps as trophies.

MV5BMTMxMTg0MDAwN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDM2NjA0MQ@@__V1_SY317_CR8,0,214,317_Review (Spoils): Frank Zito (Joe Spinell) is one messed up man. His abusive mother worked the streets but he still kept a close connection to her. After she was killed in a car accident that leads to his mind snap. He keeps hearing his mother and does not want to leave that behind so he starts to walk the streets of New York and murdering women in graphic ways. He scalps them and places them on mannequins in his apartment.  Through all this he meets a young photographer named Anna (Caroline Munro) who befriends him and tries to build a relationship. This draws the line in his mind of his mother and he totally breaks down and loses his mind.

This is one of the most graphic, bloody and gory film for slashers for its time. Frank is one messed up man they build the character greatly and it keeps you interested. The film has some nasty scalping, barb wire throat slits, strangulation, shotgun shots, stabbings and a nasty ending with the mannequins. Bring on the gore and bring on the nasty for this one.

Rating: This film is momma’s boy gone wrong. This film is not for the weak and it is pretty graphic. The storyline and character is build is awesome and the film to me is a classic of the 80’s horror. Frank Zinto is one messed up man and for that we thank William Lustig.

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7/10 Beers!

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