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1980, Blue Underground, 87 min, USA, Dir: William Lustig

“I told you not to go out tonight, didn’t I? Every time you go out, this kind of thing happens.” “This kind of thing,” in William Lustig’s stone cold splatter classic, is the mutilation and murder of young women on the seedy streets of 1980s New York City. Character actor extraordinaire Joe Spinell wrote the script and plays the title role in this deeply disturbing portrait of a man whose abusive upbringing turns him into a serial killer. MANIAC was given an X rating for violence and gore when it first released and was even banned in the U.K. as part of the video nasties debacle - scene after scene offers relentlessly grim, ultra-realistic violence thanks to special effects maestro Tom Savini, all of which will leave you speechless and, more likely, shell-shocked.

1990, 90 min, USA, Dir: William Lustig

Screenwriter Larry Cohen and director William Lustig are back for this sequel, in which the “maniac cop” returns from the dead to continue his mission of vengeance. Robert Z’Dar reprises the title role, with support from Bruce Campbell and Robert Davi - and a cameo by Danny Trejo!

1988, 85 min, USA, Dir: William Lustig

When a series of innocent people are brutally murdered by someone posing as a police officer, rookie cop Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell) finds himself the chief suspect. Lieutenant Frank McCrae (Tom Atkins) isn’t so sure, and before long he stumbles onto what he thinks is a nefarious cover-up involving the maniac cop of the title - a superhuman monster taking on the entire police force and anyone who stands in his way. Scripted by genre movie master Larry Cohen, MANIAC COP is one of the great down-and-dirty action movies of the late ’80s. Look out for cameos from Sam Raimi and Jake “Raging Bull” LaMotta!

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