Both visceral and hokey at the same time. The 80's were a magical time for film. Ninjas jumped from palm fronds onto helicopters, and arcades would emerge from your linen closet at night to shoot lasers into your eyeballs.
This is a pretty good movie. One of the few William Lustig films that actually manages to be kinda disturbing rather than just hokey (not that I have anything against the Maniac Cop movies) Apparently the film was some kind of labor of love for Joe Spinelli who really wanted the film to work.