director Lucio Fulci
The opening of Manhattan Baby gives fans a glimpse of what a Lucio Fulci Raiders of the Lost Ark might have been. But alas, it’s cut more from the Poltergeist and Exorcist cloth, and assembled in a patchwork far more patchwork than patterned.
It’s been written that this was the final collaboration between producer Fabrizio De Angelis and Fulci, a fraught collaboration, particularly here where the budget apparently tanked. Writers Elisa Livia Briganti and Dardano Sacchetti apparently had something more far out in mind and it seems that nobody was particularly happy with the results.
But it’s Fulci so it’s not a total wash. Disjointed and weird editing gives the film a pace full of weird disjunctures and there are some really nice shots and moments alongside some strange dialogue and weird moments of unintentional hilarity.
Fulci is, at the very least, always entertaining.