Maniac Cop (1988) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Maniac Cop (1988)

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  • Release Date:  1988
  • Genre:  Slasher
  • Director:  William Lustig
  • Screenwriter:  Larry Cohen
  • Cast & Crew: Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon, Richard Roundtree, William Smith, Robert Z’Dar, Sheree North, Nina Arvesen, Nick Barbaro, Lou Bonacki, Barry Brenner, Victoria Catlin, James Dixon, Corey Michael Eubanks, and Jill Gatsby.

Maniac Cop (1988) Rating:

  • Drew = 7 / 10;
  • Dylan = 8.5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 6.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 3.9/10.

Maniac Cop (1988) Synopsis:

A giant cop in a uniform goes around killing innocent people in New York City.


Maniac Cop (1988) Review:

Eight years after releasing Maniac, William Lustig came back to horror with another movie picturing New York as a dark city filled with bloodthirsty maniacs. Both movies are actually pretty similar in terms of atmosphere, but whereas Maniac focused more on the psychological aspect of horror, Maniac Cop is more of an action-oriented slasher.

Despite being a B-movie, Maniac Cop’s story is pretty solid. The character of the maniacal cop is well introduced in the first part of the movie. This contrast with other slashers for he helps us to understand the killer and somehow consider him as the victim. There are a few inconsistency in the plot. For example, I still do not understand why the villain goes to such length to capture Bruce Campbell whom he barely knows when his real goal is to kill those who wronged him. I also didn’t get why bullets won’t hurt him.

Most importantly, Maniac Cop is a lot of fun to watch. The giant-sized Robert Z’Dar and his charismatic face are the highlights of the movie (his large jaws are due to a medical condition called cherubism). Matt Cordell (the maniac cop) is a really brutal and intriguing villain. His big size and indestructibility make every single of his appearance really tense. There are a lot of kills, most of them pretty simple but brutal and efficient, reminding of the style of Friday the 13th in many ways.


In conclusion, Maniac Cop might not be a masterpiece, but it is a landmark in the slasher genre whose fair story and excellent horror scenes make it worth a watch at the very least.

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