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Maniac Cop 2

USA 1990
produced by
Larry Cohen, Frank D'Alessio (executive), David Hodgins (executive) for Fadd Enterprises, The Movie House Sales Company, Medusa Pictures, Overseas FilmGroup
directed by William Lustig
starring Robert Davi, Claudia Christian, Michael Lerner, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon, Robert Z'Dar, Clarence Williams III, Leo Rossi, Lou Bonacki, Paula Trickey, Charles Napier, Santos Morales, Robert Earl Jones, Andrew Hill Newman, Ángel Salazar, Vincent Russo, Hank Garrett, Bo Dietl, Charlie Alfano, Kurek Ashley, Nick Barbaro, John Barnes, Barry Brenner, Joe Cirillo, Marc Chamlin, Charles Croughwell, Shelly Desai, James Dixon, Jude Farese, Henry Fehren, David M. Graves, Lisa Kramer, Lennon, Frank Pesce, Sam Raimi, Debra Sarrategui, Linda Silver, Danny Trejo, Audrey Marlyn, Patrick S. Harrigan, Glen Lloyd Hahn, Maria D'Alessio, Cynthia Banks, Heather Dalberg, Nancy Dregan, Robin Hansen, Manuella Mora, Krystal Sather, Mildred Smedley, Ysobel Villanera, Rod Gist, Catherine Battistone (voice), Roger Aaron Brown (voice), Bert Rosario (voice), Burton Sharp (voice), Jason Lustig (voice), Lee Arnone-Briggs (voice), Enrique Castillo (voice), Jack Linden (voice), Paul Pape (voice)
written by Larry Cohen, music by Jay Chattaway, special makeup effects by Dean Gates

Maniac Cop

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Despite having had a rod rammed through his chest at the end of the first Maniac Cop and driving his car off the pier, the body of the Maniac Cop (Robert Z'Dar) cannot be found. Still, Jack (Bruce Campbell) and Teresa (Laurene Landon) are celebrated as heroes for getting him his just desserts ... only they don't survive very long, despite having warned everyone and their grandma that the Maniac Cop is still alive, they are among the first who fall victim to him - and as usual, the police wants to sweep it under the rug, especially the new commissioner (Michael Lerner). Only two people believe that the Maniac Cop's still roaming the city, cynical detective McKinney (Robert Davi) and police psychologist Susan (Claudia Christian), but it seems they're fighting an uphill battle convincing anyone, especially after Susan goes on live TV (in a show hosted by Charles Napier) making public her suspicions.

In another part of town, stripper Cheryl (Paula Trickey), upon returning home, is attacked by one of her audience members, Turkell (Leo Rossi), who seems to be intent to kill her - and is later a serial stripper killer -, but the authorities arrive just in time. However, Turkell is saved by the Maniac Cop, and in return he offers abode to the Maniac Cop, figuring him to be a kindred spirit. Turkell however is not the smartest, and the next day he returns to the strip club where Cheryl works, and not totally by accident Cheryl is there with McKinney and Susan, and she's quick to identify Turkell. Turkell is of course arrested, but with the Maniac Cop as his friends, it's only a question of time before he charges in for the rescue, killing everyone in his way ...


Now of course, the novelty factor of the original Maniac Cop has worn off in this sequel that pretty much follows the same pattern as the earlier film. But like the earlier film this is a pretty cool action/horror hybrid with pretty great action setpieces, a pretty cool central villain (and a suitably creepy secondary villain with Leo Rossi), carried by a tight script that doesn't shy away from subversiveness and the occasional satiric details mixed in, and an extremely solid directorial effort with cool B-movie vibes in all the right places, making this rather great genre entertainment.


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