MANIAC COP is something of a disappointment from Larry Cohen, the one-man movie machine who has written, produced, and directed such modern genre classics as the "It's Alive" trilogy and Q. Serving only as producer and writer here, Cohen turned over the directing chores to Bill Lustig,
whose MANIAC (1980) is one of the most repulsive splatter movies ever made. Written with tongue firmly in cheek, the film begins as New York City is terrorized by a homicidal killer in a police uniform whom the press dubs "Maniac Cop." Although the police department officially denies the killer is
from their ranks, homicide detective McRae (Tom Atkins) isn't so sure, and his investig...