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Maniac Cop (1988)




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In this gripping thriller, a renegade New York cop becomes a terrifying vigilante/killer.

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Tom Atkins
as McCrae
Robert Z'Dar
as Matt Cordell
Nick Barbaro
as Councilman
Lou Bonacki
as Detective Lovejoy
Victoria Catlin
as Ellen Forrest
Jill Gatsby
as Cassie Phillips
John F. Goff
as Jack's Lawyer
Jon Greene
as Tactical Sergeant
Dan Hicks
as Squad Leader
Erik Holland
as Dr. Gruber
Judy Kerr
as Motel Maid
Judy Levitt
as Woman in Car
William Lustig
as Motel Manager
Vic Manni
as Jail Guard
Frank Pesce
as Watchman
Sam Raimi
as Parade Reporter
Carla Reynolds
as Police Officer
Tom Taylor
as Man in Bar #2
Luke Walter
as Musician
Lee Arnone
as White Woman (TV sequence)
Nay K. Dorsey
as Young Black Man (TV sequence)
George 'Buck' Flower
as Old Man (TV sequence)
Alma Washington
as Black Woman (TV sequence)
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Critic Reviews for Maniac Cop

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

It's too often a routine '80s genre piece, straight down to the synthesizer score, over-lit night scenes, and bandana-sporting street punks.

October 4, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

It doesn't get more royal on the B-list than Bruce Campbell and Tom Atkins. These guys are geek legends, and they deliver here in Maniac Cop.

April 1, 2020 | Full Review…

This is a one-idea concept enlivened ever so slightly by fleeting moments of Cohen's patented sociopolitical subtext and goofy black humor.

October 4, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

So the original Maniac Cop is what it is, and what it is is a film about a cop who murders people. And you know what? Sometimes, that's enough.

October 4, 2018 | Full Review…

A pretty underrated little slasher gem.

June 15, 2013 | Full Review…

Maniac Cop is still lots of fun for its "let's see what we can get away with" attitude.

May 11, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Maniac Cop


Atkins and Campbell have been in their share of Z-grade dregs but 'Maniac Cop' is their first collaboration and it's a regressive and preposterous crime thriller. The opening with the titular character assembling his uniform accoutrements (such as nightstick, holster, etc.) is ultrastylish and sets a dynamic tone, the convoluted backstory for what is essentially a zombie movie is second-rate and dopey. Not to mention, Lustig has a fondness for ugly Dutch angles and films the seedy murders as routinely as possible (aside from an impressively perilous piece of stuntwork off the docks). 'Bad Lieutenant' already mined the potential of a law-enforcer who is more amoral than the criminals he is pursuing. 'Maniac Cop' is a lousy action film that squanders Campbell's innate camp value.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

Maniac Cop is one of those horror films that deserves to be treasured by the Horror fan. It offers a great blend of horror and action. The cast is surprisingly good. This film is a great ride from start to finish.Maniac Cop is a superior B movie. This is one of William Lustig's finest horror films since Maniac. There is nothing to hate about this film. Maniac Cop offers a good blend of action and horror from a script by Scriptwriter Larry Cohen. A great cast of actors deliver great performances most notably Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead) and Tom Atkins (Lethal Weapon). For me along with The Evil Dead, Maniac Cop is the best Horror film that Bruce Campbell has starred in. Robewrt Z'dar plays the Maniac Cop Matt Cordell, responsible for murdering innocent people in the streets of New York. Maniac Cop is the first of three films featuriung this homicidal cop bent on destroying the NYPD and the city of NY, whom he loyaly served, but got framed for something that he did not do. Of the three films in the series, I throughly recommend this one, and the second one. Maniac Cop has become a horror favorite over the years, and it's no wonder why. Though not the best of it's kind, it's still pretty original and good considering that this was made at the end of 80's, and the horror films weren't as good as they were, only with a few exceptions of course. I highly recommend this film, and it holds a special place in my Horror DVD collection.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

This film is pure shit that can't even be saved by Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, or Richard Roundtree.

Chris Garman
Chris Garman

Super Reviewer

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