ZMMM Dailies: 6/27/2010 – Maniac Cop

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 28 - 2010

Here we have another zombie cop movie. But this zombie cop is also a Maniac Cop! And by maniac cop, I mean a cop that kills people randomly, for no good reason. Well, he has a good reason to kill a few of them. The rest, not so much. See, maniac!

This movie is chock full of genre vets. Bruce Cambell, Tom Atkins, Richard Roundtree top the list, but there are others you can pick out if you have a sharp eye and a good memory for character actors. It’s directed by William Lustig, who also directed Uncle Sam (review here). Both that movie and this one are basically slasher movies with a zombie as the slasher. This one also mixes in some standard cop movie tropes as well.

It’s kind of hard to tell if the maniac cop is a zombie or not. They never use the word, but he can take multiple bullets without flinching, is cold, doesn’t have a heart beat and survives a serious impalement pretty easily. Sounds like a zombie to me.

I didn’t think much of this, but I definitely enjoyed it more than Uncle Sam. It wasn’t great, but it certainly wasn’t bad. And hell, it’s worth watching for the cast alone!

3 Responses to “ZMMM Dailies: 6/27/2010 – Maniac Cop

  1. Zombie Shakespeare says:

    Would you classify this as a zombie movie? I typically don’t think of these kind of movies as zombie movie, seems much more influenced by unstoppable killers like Jason or Michael Myers.

  2. @Jond76 – Zombie movie? Not so much. But a movie with a zombie in it, certainly. Arguably, Jason is a zombie too, at least in the later movies. Not an argument I make, but it can be made.

    But yeah, structurally and in terms of “feel” this way more a slasher/unstoppable maniac movie than a zombie movie. They do make a big deal out of him dying (mostly) and then coming back, though, so…

  3. I own this one and I have watched MC a few times. I own the sequel, but this one is less exceptional, especially without Bruce Campbell. Good review! -Mike

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