Maniac Cop

Maniac Cop

Director: William Lustig

Cast: Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon

     
 

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A maniacal murderer is stalking New York City cops in this urban crime thriller. Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell) is suspected of being the killer until Lieutenant McCrae (Tom Atkins) is found dead. Jack takes over the case after McCrae's death with help from undercover cop and sweetheart Theresa (Laurene Landon). Commissioner PikeSee more details below

Overview

A maniacal murderer is stalking New York City cops in this urban crime thriller. Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell) is suspected of being the killer until Lieutenant McCrae (Tom Atkins) is found dead. Jack takes over the case after McCrae's death with help from undercover cop and sweetheart Theresa (Laurene Landon). Commissioner Pike (Richard Roundtree) is under fire to solve the case as more men in blue meet their maker much too soon.

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With its out-there premise and huge dollops of over-the-top violence, Maniac Cop is an unapologetic exercise in pulpy exploitation filmmaking. That description may alienate viewers with more mainstream tastes, but those who are predisposed to such offbeat fare will discover that the film actually delivers on all the action and horror promised by the title and is surprisingly stylish to boot. Maniac Cop's key strength is Larry Cohen's script, which infuses the film's comic-book premise with plenty of his trademark eccentric characters and a few unexpected twists that will keep viewers on guard. Maniac Cop will also please B-movie fans, thanks to its cast of seasoned character thespians, including John Carpenter regular Tom Atkins as a grizzled detective and Evil Dead hero Bruce Campbell as the beleaguered cop who has to prove he isn't responsible for the title character's rampage. The supporting performances are just as engaging, especially biker film veteran William Smith as a creepy police official and Sheree North as the crippled police clerk with something to hide. Director William Lustig, a seasoned vet of both the action (Hit List) and horror (Maniac) genres, creates a nicely paced blend of story and action and crafts a number of impressive set pieces in the process. Highlights include a scene where Laurene Landon has to escape the title character while handcuffed to a dead man and the impressive car chase that caps the film. In the end, Maniac Cop is probably a little too pulpy and gleefully gruesome for the average viewer, but provides a colorful, action-packed treat for anyone in the mood for classic drive-in-styled entertainment.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2006
UPC:
0654930305997
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Synapse Films
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
24,220

Special Features

New anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) transfer mastered in high-definition from original vault materials; Audio commentary from star Bruce Campbell, writer/producer Larry Cohen, director William Lustig and composer Jay Chattaway; New DTS 6.1 audio track re-mixed for this home video release; New Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround soundtrack for this home video release; Original 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround soundtrack; Theatrical trailer and television spots; Additional scenes filmed for Japanese television broadcast; All-new featurette with star Robert Z'Dar and more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Atkins Frank McCrae
Bruce Campbell Jack Forrest
Laurene Landon Theresa Mallory
Richard Roundtree Commissioner Pike
William Smith Capt. Ripley
Sheree North Sally Noland
Robert Z'Dar Matt Cordell
Nick Barbaro Councilman
Lou Bonacki Detective Lovejoy
Barry Brenner Coroner
Victoria Catlin Ellen Forrest
Jill Gatsby Cassie Phillips
Rocky Giordani Fowler
John F. Goff Jack's Lawyer
Jon Greene Tactical Sergeant
Dan Hicks Squad Leader
Erik Holland Dr. Gruber
Marcia Karr Nancy
Judy Kerr Motel Maid
Judy Levitt Woman in Car
William Lustig Motel Manager
Vic Manni Jail Guard
Tito Nunez Chico
Louis Pastore "John"
Frank Pesce Watchman
Bernie Pock Sam
Sam Raimi Parade Reporter
Carla Reynolds Police Officer
Tom Taylor Man in Bar #2
Ingrid van Dorn Waitress
Luke Walter Musician
Patrick Wright Prison Guard
Lee Arnone White Woman (TV sequence)
Nay K. Dorsey Young Black Man (TV sequence)
George "Buck" Flower Old Man (TV sequence)
Alma Washington Black Woman (TV sequence)

Technical Credits
William Lustig Director
Dorothy Amos Costumes/Costume Designer
Gregory J. Barnett Stunts
Kurt Bryant Stunts
Richard E. Butler Stunts
Jay Chattaway Score Composer
Larry Cohen Producer,Screenwriter
Lawrence Cohen Screenwriter
Charlie Croughwell Stunts
Phil Culotta Stunts
Craig Felburg Sound/Sound Designer
Glory Fioramonti Stunts
Donna Garrett Stunts
Andy Gill Stunts
James Glickenhaus Executive Producer
Sanford Hampton Asst. Director,Production Manager
Geno Havens Casting
Freddie Hice Stunts
Jonathon Hodges Art Director
David Kern Editor
Matt McColm Stunts
John Naulin Makeup
Bernie Pock Stunts
Don Pulford Stunts
Vincent J. Rabe Cinematographer
Jef Richard Co-producer
Ron Rondell Stunts

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Maniac Cop
1. Program Start [3:43]
2. Mugged [5:12]
3. Don't Drink and Drive [8:24]
4. Cop Killer [2:09]
5. Suspicion [4:52]
6. Caught in the Act [5:17]
7. Arrested [4:57]
8. Undercover Vice [5:06]
9. Precinct Secrets [8:06]
10. Investigating Cordell [1:51]
11. Brutal Fight [4:09]
12. Interrogation [:00]
13. Prison Visit [5:46]
14. St. Patrick's Day Parade [6:01]
15. Police Station Massacre [3:53]
16. The Chase [3:57]
17. Showdown [3:53]
18. End Credits [4:25]

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