Film Reviews: “Maniac Cop” (1988)


Starring Bruce Campbell and Tom Atkins.
Written by Larry Cohen (“It’s Alive 1-3″/ “The Stuff”/ “God Told Me To”)

A girl is walking the streets of New York alone at night. A group of thugs approach and chase her to an empty park. She spots a cop and runs up to him for help. He grabs her by the throat, lifts her up and breaks her neck. The thugs are terrified and run away. Thus we have our killer, the Maniac Cop. Tom Atkins stars as the Lieutenant on the case, while fellow cop Bruce Campbell is wrongly accused of the murders.
They must figure out who the killer is!

This is a fun and sometimes cheesy slasher flick with a body count. It’s an interesting twist to have the public scared of police in general, with no one to turn to or trust.

Tom Atkins is great as the detective. Wish he had done more films like this, “Halloween 3”, and “Night of the Creeps.”

2.5 out of 4.0 stars.


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