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Maniac Cop [Import]

 R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THIS COP'S A MANIAC Jan. 21 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell is framed and arrested for a series of gruesome murders against innocent law abiding New York citizens. Witnesses claim the killer was a large white male wearing a NYPD uniform.
Detective Tom Atkins (star of "The Fog" and "Halloween III" ) is not convinced that Campbell's the man. And he's not.
Robert Z'dar(a very big man) plays the killer, a former NYPD officer sent to an Alcatraz-style jail for getting too carried away in dispensing tough justice. Attacked and left for dead in prison, he survives and is somehow smuggled out by the coroner(of all people) and now Z'dar is mad and want's revenge.
Not bad, no terror or suspense though, just several nasty and quite hilarious murders.
Shaft himself, Richard Roundtree co-stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's Slasher Flick Feb. 16 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What a very mediocre Acting Awesome old School Slaher ! If you disagree ....YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT .... FOREVER !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars out of print? April 13 2004
Format:DVD
This is a great cult flick! I can't believe it's out of print! What the heck is wrong with these people? Don't they like to make money? Re-master this puppy and get it on the shelves!
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CAN'T COMPLAIN FOR THAT PRICE!! Dec 2 2003
Format:DVD
NOW I REMEMBER WATCHING THIS MOVIE WHEN I WAS 13 AND I LIKED IT THEN..I MEAN I NEVER REALLY NOTICED HOW BAD THE ACTING WAS UNTIL I SAW IT AGAIN ON AN OLD VHS TAPE I HAD STASHED IN MY ATTIC..NOW THE FILM ISN'T THAT BAD, THEIR ARE SOME ENJOYABLE MOMENTS LIKE WHEN...YOU KNOW WHAT JUST WATCH IT AND FOR THE PRICE OF A RENTAL YOU CAN GO WRONG!
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  64 reviews
35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cop killing innocent people? You mean a maniac cop? May 21 2007
By Z. Freeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
First of all, let me clarify that the four star rating only qualifies in the genre of slightly-schlocky gore. For those of you that don't appreciate this type of movie, it's more like one star. But if you're looking to buy the DVD and reading this review, I have a feeling you're into this.

That being said, this is top quality when it comes to off-kilter horror action. A monstrous killer dressed like a cop is on the loose in New York, killing innocent people instead of criminals. One cop lets the paper know that they think it's a cop gone bad, which turns the public against the police force.

As the terror level escalates Bruce Campbell is framed for the murder of his wife, and becomes the lead suspect in the brutal killings. Now, only Bruce and two other cops know the chilling secret of the maniac cop, and will stop at nothing to try to stop him.

Although there are numerous amounts of "what the...?" sections in this film, it's still mindlessly enjoyable and Tom Atkins' performance as a hardnose cop keeps the film tenuously grounded in reality.

If you're into Bruce Campbell and silly horror movies, then you can't go wrong with Maniac Cop. If you're at all averse to either of those, then don't even bother thinking about it because you won't appreciate the hidden quality of such a classic as Maniac Cop.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Phantom of the Cop-era Jan. 6 2007
By Michael R Gates - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This Larry Cohen flick (produced and scripted by Cohen but directed by William Lustig) is a clever hybrid of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA story, 1970s and 1980s cop films, and the slasher sub-genre of horror cinema. But instead of an opera house, the venue has expanded to include the entire city of New York, and the wronged antagonist is not a forgotten composer but is, instead, a once-good police officer (hulking actor Robert Z'Dar) who was used as a scapegoat by higher-ups and was subsequently murdered in prison at the hands of thugs. Slasher-film elements come into play when the resurrected cop leaves a trail of corpses in his wake as he heads to city hall to even the score with his former bosses.

As is usually the case, Cohen's script is replete with dark tongue-in-cheek humor and palatable helpings of terror and blood. The gags (both the laughing and choking kind) are bolstered by the presence of horror-genre fave Bruce Campbell, he of EVIL DEAD (1981) fame; Tom Atkins, a ubiquitous face in police departments on TV and in the cinema; sexpot Laurene Landon, a Cohen favorite; and the original SHAFT (1971) himself, Richard Roundtree. There are also some delightful cameos from genre regulars like the late George "Buck" Flower, Victoria Catlin (known to genre fans from her role in David Lynch's TV series TWIN PEAKS), Judy Levitt (wife of STAR TREK's Walter Koenig), director William Lustig, and SPIDERMAN (2002) director Sam Raimi.

The Special-Edition DVD of MANIAC COP from Synapse is well worth the price of admission. It offers a crisp, rich digital transfer of the film in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (enhanced for 16x9 TVs) with the original Stereo SurroundSound soundtrack (as well as the option of using new Dolby 5.1 or DTS 6.1 soundtracks). Extras include a delightful feature commentary with Larry Cohen, Bruce Campbell, and William Lustig; a new interview with the Maniac Cop himself, Robert Z'Dar; theatrical trailers, including one from France; and much more.

MANIAC COP is a must-see for fans of Larry Cohen and slasher-flick fans, and the Synapse DVD will make a nice addition to the film collection of any horror fan.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars maniac cop original Oct. 4 2012
By Tracys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
one of my best early 80's horror, tom atkins,bruce campell,richard roundtree. How in the world you can go wrong with this gem blu-underground has done a bang up job on the presentation of this blu-ray a must have 4 horror genre fans.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THIS COP'S A MANIAC Jan. 21 2004
By MICHAEL RUMNEY - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell is framed and arrested for a series of gruesome murders against innocent law abiding New York citizens. Witnesses claim the killer was a large white male wearing a NYPD uniform.
Detective Tom Atkins (star of "The Fog" and "Halloween III" ) is not convinced that Campbell's the man. And he's not.
Robert Z'dar(a very big man) plays the killer, a former NYPD officer sent to an Alcatraz-style jail for getting too carried away in dispensing tough justice. Attacked and left for dead in prison, he survives and is somehow smuggled out by the coroner(of all people) and now Z'dar is mad and want's revenge.
Not bad, no terror or suspense though, just several nasty and quite hilarious murders.
Shaft himself, Richard Roundtree co-stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic horror/revenge with a twist Nov. 6 2008
By Nightwing - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This movie tricked me because it was about a cop who just went insane.the way its presented in the movie though is much better.the maniac cop seeking revenge for what happened to him in jail was brillient.the violence,blood,gore are all top notch as is the pacing of the story.i wish there was more flash back scenes about what happend to him but thats ok.bruce campbell was great in this as he is in all of his movies.this movie has something for everyone...horror,slasher,zombie and bruce campbell can all rejoice bacause this movie is the only one to combine all those great elements.deffinatly worth buying and having in your collection.
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