Maniac Cop

Maniac Cop ★★

So many B-movie greats! Bruce Campbell and Tom Atkins are in front of the camera. A script written by Larry Cohen. Directed by William Lustig. Sam Raimi makes a cameo. The unmistakable Robert Z'Dar as the titular character; who wouldn't be freaked out by him? Right?

I thought to myself, "I can't believe I haven't watched this before. This should be a slam dunk."

But, it's not.

The story is passable and there are a couple surprises, but it ends on a weak and overdone note. It's relatively boring and it feels very safe, almost as if it had been planned for television. The cop almost exclusively kills people off-screen. It's especially surprising, considering that at the time of its release, Lustig had already made his super-seedy gore-fest Maniac.

Overall, pretty disappointing stuff.

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