ActorsStarring: Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Richard Roundtree, Laurene Landon, Robert Z'Dar, Nick Barbaro, William Smith, Sheree North, Lou Bonacki, Jill Gatsby, Barry Brenner, Victoria Catlin, James Dixon, Corey Michael Eubanks, John F. Goff, Dan Hicks, Jake LaMotta, Sam Raimi
In New York, people are slain and strangled to death brutally on the open street. All witnesses agree that the murderer was in a cop's uniform. Soon the police searches and finds a suspect in its own ranks: Jack Forrest, turned in by his own wife. To prove his innocence, he has to investigate on his own.
Seems like every week we hear about another classic horror movie being remade. Poltergeist, Gremlins, Friday the 13th, The Blob and the list can go on and on. We know we can’t fight Hollywood’s lack of originality, so let go ahead and embrace it. This is the first of many blog posts that will go into detail about which “Classic” horror film should be remade next. Yes I put “Classic” in quotes. Most of the movies I pick won’t be considered “Good” but that’s even more reason to remake them.
Now the original, “Maniac Cop” was released in 1988 and directed by Horror movie director, William Lustig. This movie is one of the few slasher movies from the 80’s that tried to mix the genre up with a action movie. It’s not quite successful in blending the two genres perfectly but who cares. It’s mostly forgotten by modern audiences today but this movie not only spawned two sequels but had a great horror pedigree as well. The film was written by the talented Larry Cohen, who has a great resume as director and writer of many classic horror films. Then there’s veteran horror movie actor, Tom Atkins and best of all, the king himself, Bruce Campbell as the hero of the movie. Yes, Ash himself. Let’s not forget the main bad guy, the Maniac Cop played by actor Robert Z’Dar. He’s probably best known for that large chinned guy in Tango and Cash.
Yes folks, that’s not a prosthetic chin. This is how that man looks in real life. If you thought Bruce Campbell had an epic chin, you haven’t seen this guy. This movie was about two of the most epic chins in Hollywood trying to kill each other.
What’s the Plot of the Movie?
It’s not that complicated. A maniac cop starts killing random people in the city, which causes panic with the citizens in town. Jack, played by Bruce Campbell is a prime suspect in the murders and teams up with Tom Atkins to solve who the real murderer is. As they get closer to the truth they’re confronted by the unstoppable killer cop who was believed to be dead years ago. Is he an undead killer or just a strong freak of a dude? Maybe he’s both. Just like in any other slasher movie, the movie ends with the hero seemingly killing the killer, only to never find the body. Maniac Cop does come back from the dead in the sequel and by the third movie he’s a walking corpse brought back to life by a voodoo priest. Yup… that happened. Maybe they got that idea from Weekend at Bernie’s 2.
Why Should Maniac Cop be Remade?
There’s no better time to remake this movie than now. Every day in the news we hear another report about police brutality or an accidental killing a cop has done. Cops are seen as bad guys more by the public than any other time before. It might be controversial to do a movie like this now, but it will definitely appeal to a massive audience today, especially if the marketing team can spin it in a way to bring the national news to the movie. William Lustig has been in talks to do a remake with director Nicholas Winding Refn wanting to do a prequel. Unfortunately the original Maniac Cop, Richard Z’Dar passed away a while ago so they’ll need an epic chin to fill those cop shoes.
Personally I’d love to see Bruce Campbell return for the remake, but this time let him play the Maniac Cop this time. I think he would knock it out of the park. Push more of the action elements for modern audiences and get a stylish director with a decent budget and this just might be a must see horror movie. I’m getting sick of all of these haunted house and possessed found footage movies. Slasher movies need to make a comeback.
If you have any ideas for which horror movies should be remade, tell us below and I’ll try to fit it into an upcoming blog entry.