kristos’s review published on Letterboxd:
Hooptober5.0 movie #18, anniversary movie, Bill Lustig movie
And the winner of the Better Than I Expected Award is: Maniac Cop! Your prize: an extra half star than if I went in cold.
I often saw this in the video store as an 80s/early nineties kid but never pulled the trigger. Was I too scared? Was I not allowed? I don’t remember.
Recently I’ve heard the movie and Lustig discussed in trashy circles like Red Letter Media’s Best of the Worst series, and assumed it was trash.
It actually really isn’t. It’s a well produced, good looking movie with a tight script and some good performances. One of my pleasant October surprises.