Maniac Cop 2
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A very entertaining and well acted movie. Better than you'd expect and well directed by William Lustig (Maniac, Uncle Sam)One of the film most memorable scenes is where Matt Cordell causes a massacre at a police station.
The Maniac Cop movies are very underated slashers in my opninion. So, if you like other slasher movie series such as Friday The 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Child's Play and Halloween, you should add Maniac Cop 1-3 to your collection as well.
This dvd is as barebones as they come. It features the awesome special feature that is "scene selections", and that's it. Not even a trailer. But since this film is so rare, it's probably the best version you can find in R1.
Cordell, who had a pipe run into his chest, before taking a plunge into a river, is believed dead. Following procedures, Commissioner Edward Doyle (Michael Lerner) has police officers Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell) and Teresa Mallory (Laurene Langdon), who tangled with the Maniac Cop in the first film, see clinical psychologist Susan Riley (Claudia Christian) for evaluation. Forrest believes Cordell is dead, while a still traumatized Mallory feels the Maniac Cop is still alive. Cordell is far from dead, and picks up where he left off, brutally slaying Officer Forrest. Detective Sean McKinney (Robert Davi) is assigned to the case, where Mallory is next on Cordell's hit list. Mallory however, doesn't go down without a fight, as she races with Cordell in stolen cab, and then takes him on with a chainsaw, before having her neck snapped. Susan Riley barely escapes death, after taking a wild ride handcuffed to the steering wheel of a runaway car, in a pretty impressive stunt sequence.
Writer Larry Cohen and director William Lustig, who collaborated on the first film, continue to work well together, although the story takes a strange twist, when Cordell teams up with serial killer Steven Turkell (Leo Rossi). Turkell has been murdering strippers, and while attempting to strangle a stripper named Cheryl (Paula Trickey), Cordell mysteriously appears, and helps Turkell evade capture by the police.Read more ›
If you saw the first movie, then you know the story of how dedicated NYPD officer Matt Cordell became the Maniac Cop after being framed by his superiors and sent off to prison as part of a corruption cover-up. His vengeance against those who wronged him served as the plot of the first film, and as "2" opens, the horribly scarred, hulking Cordell still has a few loose ends to tie up. Bruce Campbell and Laurene Landon return briefly from the first film though neither of them survives very long, and new characters are brought in to deal with the psychotic officer: grizzled NYPD detective Robert D'avi (of the James Bond flick "License to Kill") and police psychologist Claudia Christian (who went on to "Babylon 5" as well as lots of other genre TV/film). The ante is upped this time because the Maniac Cop has hooked up with a partner for this second installment (Leo Rossi of "Halloween II" fame), a serial killer who's been stalking strippers and prostitutes on New York's seedy streets. Cordell shoots up NYPD Headquarters in a hilariously over the top shootout/massacre that simply has to be seen to be believed before he and Rossi (along with a few other criminals freed from police custody) head for the prison where Cordell first met his fate, to take care of the inmates there who were responsible for his beating/coma/"death" in part 1.
OK, so the plot is ridiculous and was probably written on a cocktail napkin.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
THIS IS WHAT THE COPS ARE TODAY MANIAC'S. THERE WAS A TIME WHEN YOU COULD TRUST AN OFFICER: NOT ANYMORE.Published 3 months ago by wendi moore
I stumbled upon this movie thanks to Fangoria's "100 Greatest Horror Movies You've Never Heard Of" years ago and it definitely earned its rank on the list. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mike Clor
This movie is very similar to the first except like most sequels it ups the action and violence. Matt Cordell aka Maniac Cop escapes his watery grave to continue offing the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anthoy F. Stefani
Do not ever rent this film from Amazon. It's in crappy 4:3 aspect ratio and is burdened by a crappy laser disc quality transfer. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Zach