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Maniac Cop

Director: William Lustig Run Time: 85 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 1988

Starring: Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon, Richard Roundtree

Few filmmakers in the ’80s captured that decade’s uniquely grimy New York City vibes quite like William Lustig, and a prime example of that is the sleazy, gruesome, fun-as-hell cult classic Maniac Cop. Written by fellow NYC horror legend Larry Cohen, it’s one part living dead subversion, more parts slasher and action, and altogether delightful.

And, along with other beloved films 1980’s Maniac and his work restoring classic genre cinema via his retro home video label Blue Underground, it’s why Brooklyn Horror is honoring Lustig with its first-ever Leviathan Award, the festival’s new award dedicated to horror’s most impactful trailblazers. Join us for a special Maniac Cop 35th anniversary screening complete with a Q&A with Lustig and an award celebration. —Matt Barone