Psycho Cop Returns
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Joe Vickers is not your normal police officer. A crazed cop turned serial killer, he's ready to bust anyone who violates the law with the ultimate penalty: death. When Psycho Cop crashes an illegal bachelor party full of drugs and hookers in an office building the fun and the screams really begin.
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Sadly, the DVD release this film got was butchered in order to remove the the gore. Why could the gore out of a slasher film? It's like taking the shooting out of action films. Why do it?
Anyway, the film itself is like a mix of Die Hard, Maniac Cop and Bachelor Party all rolled into one. Most of the action takes place in an L.A. High rise due to the extremely small budget. But, hey... it works...
The acting is bad, but Robert R. Shafer as crazy cop Joe Vickers sure does his best to make the one liners amusing. Honestly, this is the kind of slasher that you watch with friends on Saturday night with a case of beers near by. The nudity doesn't hurt as all the women in the film are attractive. And despite the movie having been made in 1993, it is very late 80's in spirit with the big haired women and the location and all.
It just is a lot of fun.
Having not seen PSCHO COP I had no idea what to expect here. It doesn’t matter as far as I can see. The movie kicks off with a group of office workers planning a bachelor party after hours in their workplace. As two of them walk down the street discussing plans they make the mistake of doing so in front of Officer Joe Vickers. Hearing them discussing drugs he gives them the once over and lets them go. But the truth is he only let them go to get a better idea of where they were heading and with plans on making sure they paid for breaking the law.
Night falls, the office closes and the party begins. Strippers are brought in and quickly disrobe while the guys hoot and holler. Drugs are off the menu as the guy carrying them dumped them before Vickers approached them but alcohol is pouring freely. As all of this goes on there are more people left in the office building. One is a female exec working on a project, the other is a couple working on each other. Yes, believe it or not, they’re fooling around in the office.
Vickers enters the building and confronts the security guard and then kills him. Doors locked, elevators in his control, he heads upstairs to take care of the lawbreakers he overheard earlier. What they didn’t realize in their fear of a law enforcement officer is that he isn’t a standard issue policeman. The truth he is an undead Satanist with psychotic tendencies. In other words, he’s evil and like to kill people. This is what he does for the next hour or so.
The movie is a flashback to the films of the time with the body count rising and the gruesome methods of their demise being as creative as the ratings code would allow at the time. The gore is there, the screams are there and the chase sequences are there. And so is what was probably intended to be another franchise in the form of Office Vickers. Poor puns and bright red blood flow freely here but weren’t enough to make movie fans embrace the two films. At least at the time.
Instead the films developed a cult type following with fans running VHS copies of the movie until they wore out. A DVD release of the film in 2005 came out but had much of the violence and sexual content removed. Now Vinegar Syndrome has brought out a fantastic version of the film with a blu-ray print that is as clean as you’re going to get.
Their version contains plenty of extras as well, something movies like this rarely receive. Included are:
A commentary track with Director Adam Rifkin; "Habeas Corpus" - a 43 minute documentary on the making of PSYCHO COP RETURNS, featuring brand new interviews with: Adam Rifkin (Director), Robert R. Shafer (Lead Actor), Dan Povenmire (Screenwriter), Peter Schink (Editor), Miles Dougal (Co-Star), Rod Sweitzer (Co-Star), Nick Vallelonga (Co-Star), Barbara Niven (Co-Star) and Melanie Good (Co-Star); "The Victims of Vickers" - featurette with SFX Artist Mike Tristano; cover artwork by Chris Garofalo; and reversible cover artwork. Not bad for a 20 some year old movie.
One interesting thing to note is that the director is a pseudonym for Adam Rifkin, the director of such films as THE DARK BACKWARD, THE CHASE and DETROIT ROCK CITY as well as having written SMALL SOLDIERS, MOUSEHUNT and ZOOM. He made the film as a learning process and to have fun while making the film. The end result is one that while not a fantastic movie is one of those fun slasher pics from the 80s/90s that is a must see for fans of the genre as well as a great drinking film for those who imbibe. Cheers to Vinegar Syndrome for keeping this one from doing little more than collecting dust.