Maniac Cop (1988)

The streets of New York are held in the icy grips of a sadistic killer cop, and it is up to a street smart police detective to track him down and stop him before he kills his way up to the mayor's office! Tom Atkins plays Detective Frank McCrae with his usual MO as the man's man, the blue-collared hero of Horror. Larry Cohen's dark script once again challenges one of society's safest institutions, this time the New York City cop, while director William Lustig brings the same cold, grimy aesthetic as he had before in 1980's MANIAC. The result is a bloody, violent, and unrelenting film that mixes action, suspense, and supernatural horror in even measures. Although Robert Z'Dar's intimidating performance as the spiteful Matt Cordell never earned him a spot beside the other icons of the genre, he would return from the dead to continue his murder spree in two sequels despite his lack of recognition. MANIAC COP still remains as one of the better late-80's Slashers, especially when considering the film's small budget.

Rating: 7/10.

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  1. I like this one. It's a bit silly, but it works.

    It's far better than the first sequel (boo!) and the second one (less boo!). At least the latter film has the villain engaging in a car chase WHILE ON FIRE!

    Good times.

  2. See I actually really like the first sequel, and might even prefer it over the original film. Fav scene in this one is when the Maniac Cop stops the guy at the red light. Dark and bitingly funny at the same time!

  3. I have a very personal reason for disliking the first sequel. I won't say it here, but I think you can figure it out. Here's a hint- it happens right around the 40-minute mark.

    Honestly, I might feel different if I gave it a chance later. I still might.

  4. He had it coming though, had it cooommmmmiiiinnnnnggg..... =D