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Manhattan Baby (1982)
by Robert Firsching review

Of more than 50 films directed by the late Lucio Fulci, this ridiculous mess must rank near the very bottom. That's not entirely Fulci's fault, as the script -- by veteran Elisa Livia Briganti and the ubiquitous Dardano Sacchetti -- is all over the map. Borrowing liberally from sources as diverse as Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, The Awakening, Psycho, and even The Birds, this is little more than a confusing, moronic collection of visual references and in-jokes. Even the best director couldn't make this story work, but Fulci only makes matters worse by indulging in his penchant for eyeball close-ups to a ridiculous degree. It's not bad enough that the medallion is in the shape of an eye; Susie's father is blinded and her mother is a photographer, but there are countless close-ups of every single character's eyes in every scene. At one point, Fulci shifts back and forth between close-ups of three characters' eyes for no apparent reason. To top it all off, Luke wears those joke glasses with the eyes that fall out on springs. Manhattan Baby is a pointless and stupid film of no possible interest to anyone except demented opticians.