Ηλσι (Louis-Charles)’s review published on Letterboxd:
Sixth film of Hooptober 5.0
Anniversary films: 6th of 10
2nd of 6 directors: William Lustig
Maniac Cop has everything you want: a silly premise, Bruce Campbell, Tom Fuckin' Atkins, Robert Z'Dar, cold ass killings, a couple of red herrings and a sweet pace. I don't think I was ever bore. That doesn't happen often with this kind of film, but Maniac Cop manages to be entertaining and to work. I don't know why exactly. I think it's because it's a mix of a detective and horror film. I kept guessing who Maniac Cop was and was always excited when McCrae found a new clew. It ain't really scary, but the gore is pretty sweet and some scenes are quite violent. Maniac Cop is also pretty cool. I love how you only see his gloved hands and the way he unsheathes his machete. Talk about a cold killer. It sure isn't the movie to revolutionize cinema: it doesn't do anything crazy on a technical level. I would also have shortened the car chase at the end, that's the only moment I found the film to be dragging. Anyway, Maniac Cop is really fun. I didn't expect to have this much fun with it actually. I don't think it's a great film, but it sure is entertaining.