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Manhattan Baby (1982)

Unrated | | Horror | 27 July 1984 (USA)
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An archaeologist opens an Egyptian tomb and accidentally releases an evil spirit. His young daughter becomes possessed by the freed entity and, upon arrival back in New York, the gory murders begin.

Director:

Lucio Fulci

Writers:

Elisa Briganti (screenplay) (as Elisa Livia Briganti), Elisa Briganti (story) (as Elisa Livia Briganti) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Christopher Connelly ... Professor George Hacker
Laura Lenzi ... Emily Hacker (as Martha Taylor)
Brigitta Boccoli ... Susie Hacker
Giovanni Frezza ... Tommy Hacker
Cinzia de Ponti ... Jamie Lee
Cosimo Cinieri ... Adrian Mercato (as Laurence Welles)
Andrea Bosic Andrea Bosic ... Optician
Carlo De Mejo ... Luke
Enzo Marino Bellanich Enzo Marino Bellanich ... Wiler (as Vincenzo Bellanich)
Mario Moretti Mario Moretti ... Tennant
Lucio Fulci ... Dr. Forrester
Tonino Pulci ... Orderly (as Antonie Pulci)
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Storyline

Archaelogists open egyptian tomb and release evil spirit. Daughter of one of the professors gets possessed by freed enity and the gorey murders begin. Written by Humberto Amador

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It's looking at you... from hell! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

27 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eye of the Evil Dead See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Fulvia Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the character Adrian Marcato is borrowed from Rosemary's Baby (1968). See more »

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Reflected in the archaeologist's big sunglasses when we see him in his office in New York near the beginning of the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Anchor Bay release under the original title "Manhattan Baby" is the complete, uncut version, containing all the gore and violence. See more »

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Featured in The Cinema Snob: Manhattan Baby (2017) See more »

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Fulci Baby!
11 September 2002 | by thefountainmenaceSee all my reviews

Hey - it's 1980 and Mr. Fulci wishes to do something 'not so horror'. So he created this tale about an Egyptian amulet which brings terrible tragedy to a New York family. I've seen about 15 of these Italian post-giallo horrors now from Fulci, Bava and of course, Argento. I found this one to be relatively well-dubbed and paced. In other words, the pace wasn't infintessimal and the actors didn't break from Italian into dubbed English and vice versa. For all I know, this was recorded in English given its title. Anyway, the two children in the film are strikingly eerie, remniscent of Village of the Damned's little miscreants, though the boy's voice seems very off (the only exception to my comment about the dubbing)- check out his first few lines in the park in "Manhattan"! Hilarious! The plot, while somewhat draggy as all of these films are (other societies don't demand a new scene every 2.5 minutes and either dialogue or action at all times it seems), it's not that slow. Of course these films are often watched for the unflinching depictions of gore that Italians are not afraid to deliver, and while the violence is a bit more subtle in this one than most, there are three scenes which will satisfy this type of viewer. Ultimately, this film's worst trait is its attempt at more 'psychological' horror in my opinion. However, it is not bad - as long as you are used to these Italians and their significantly different motivations and backgrounds from American directors. Oh, and as you might expect from Fulci, the cinematography is spellbinding at times.


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