An archeologist (Atlantis Interceptors’ Christopher Connelly) takes his family to
Director Lucio Fulci has made some slow moving movies before, but they almost always pay off with some kind of batshit insane gore set piece that make all the boring stuff worth sitting through. While we do get one neat scene where a guide falls face first on a bed of spikes; the gory goodness usually found in Fulci’s best work is totally absent here. (Unless you count the scene where some birds peck a guy to death, which I certainly DO NOT.)
All of this would have been well and good if the movie just occasionally made a lick of sense. Too bad it doesn’t. It also doesn’t help when 99% of the movie is stupid as all get out. I mean there’s stupid and then there’s illogical. Manhattan Baby is just plain stupid. Like why blind Connelly only to have him regain his eyesight minutes later? What’s the point of blinding him when it has no bearing on the plot whatsoever? (I can’t really say I blame Connelly, about halfway through the movie, you’ll be wishing you were blind too.)
And don’t even get me started on the finale, which has to be one of the lamest endings ever filmed by an Italian.
The tow-headed Giovanni Frezza also co-starred in Fulci’s House by the Cemetery.
AKA: Evil Eye. AKA: Eye of the Evil Dead. AKA: The Possessed.