MS. 45
1981, Drafthouse Films, 80 min, USA, Dir: Abel Ferrara

Thana (Zoë Lund), a mute seamstress in the fashion industry in the heart of New York’s rotten Big Apple, has her world destroyed when she is assaulted twice in one day. Her innocence lost, she seeks vengeance and takes to the gritty streets, luring would-be rapists and criminal scumbags to their demise with a blast from her .45-caliber pistol.

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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