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Gail’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
The internet works again! Watched on youtube (because all of a sudden you can't even rent it through streaming?) for Hooptober 5.
Watched because Lustig is on the director list, and because Bruce Campbell. Srsly.
As with Uncle Sam, I'm impressed with Larry Cohen's writing. The issues with civilians feeling that cops are a danger, it sure does resonate these days. It's interesting that the one time they show a panicked civilian pulling a gun on a cop, it's a woman. (also kinda interesting you never hear anything about her after that, but I suppose it doesn't really fit the into the story aside from being an example) I like that this one had a strong thread of police procedural murder mystery. I also really liked the total squid mayor and his long-suffering assistant.
I think I felt worse about Bruce Campbell's wife than he did. That was the discordant part for me: Showing the conversation where they're talking a lot about marital counseling while he's on his way out the door because he's on duty, but then apparently he's *ahem* 'on duty' *nudgewink* instead of working, and after they find his wife the next morning she's barely mentioned, much less mourned.
Accurate title. It actually startled me. I guess I expect horror titles to be hyperbolic, but no. Maniac Cop is a total maniac.