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This is the second movie in a trilogy. Like so many horror movies of the 80's the 2nd follows on immediately after the first ended, clearly no one was good enough to stop the evil being in the first. This is a good movie, it follows a good story line still, about this good cop, getting to close to the truth, then being burned by those higher up. On his track for vengeance he looses sight of good and evil and actually becomes a complete bad guy himself (rather than the idea of trying to prove his innocence).
Story (May contain spoilers)
The movie continues on straight from the end of the first movie, in fact there is even a 2 minute recap. Both Jack and his girlfriend Teresa have now been cleared and in fact are receiving commendations for their bravery in killing the killer. However no body has been found, and no one is believed that it is Cordell, the cop supposedly killed in prison. Both Jack and Teresa are having to see a psychiatrist to be able to be shown they are over the stress, before they are allowed back on the street, still no one believes the that it was Cordell and that he is still out there.
In the mean time the killings are happening again, Cordell is killing people, in fact he ends up killing Jack (bye bye Bruce... shame you're the best actor ever). Teresa seems to be his next target, and only one cop is now believing her, the one assigned to the case Sean.
Now its a case of trying to find someone that no one believes exists... can it be done in time to save Teresas' life? Will they ever finally catch this maniac? Can he be killed? Will Cordell actually achieve the acknowledgement he deserves to be put to rest?
If you have watched the first movie you have to watch this movie, it is part 2, a complete follow on. This helps complete the story that we first got introduced to in Maniac Cop 1. This movie is no better and no worse from the first, I feel it is just a continuation. Again still one to watch when its on TV, I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it. Just now I would ensure I sky + both so I can watch them back to back.
Ah, Maniac Cop 2 is one of those rare sequels to a low budget film that even get made.......much less to actually be better than the original!
The notorious maniac dressed as a cop is back again to kill more innocent victims, this time getting his revenge on practically everyone - the people that off'd him at the end of the original film, the prison guards that killed him before that and even his own "friend".
Here, the maniac cop teams up with a known rapist and killer that's been putting the city on alert and together they cause total mayhem!
Robert Z'Dar, again, plays the Maniac Cop and does a very good job. His character gets to do tons more stuff here than he did in the original. He doesn't just simply go around killing people but you would have to watch the film to see what I mean.
As a sequel, I'd say it was better than the first, at least in terms of bigger budget, more action and it's generally more entertaining.
That's not to say that the original is a bad film but this one tops it.
Leo Rossi (1981's Halloween 2) steals this film as the city's rapist and murderer. His character is flat out crazy and has more in common with the Joker from Batman than he does with the Maniac Cop but that's what makes the maniac's and Leo's friendship together interesting.
The acting is good here and Robert Davi is one of the main cast as a burnt out detective who tries to capture the maniac!
Bruce Campbell makes a return to this film for a while, too, but it does come off as like one big cameo.
Still, it's good to see him back!
Overall, this is a really enjoyable sequel to an above average original slasher film and if you liked the first then you will definetely love this one...guaranteed!
I had a fun time with it.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
The first Maniac Cop was a surprisingly fun slice of B-movie horror, that while adhering to many slasher tropes, also delivered thanks to a few bits of narrative invention and fun performances from its cast. Bruce Campbell returns, albeit briefly, for the sequel, as hulking monster Matt Cordell is actually still alive, and continues his killing spree, this time falling in with a band of Charles Manson-esque nutjobs who have come to idolise him.
A Detective (Robert Davi) and a police Psychologist (Claudia Christian) then have to team up to work out who he is, and what he's thinking. After the demise of celebrated and exonerated officer Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell) and his fellow officer Teresa Mallory (Laurene Landon) at the hands of the Maniac Cop, the pair must return to the drawing board, given that every witness of the Maniac's spree is now dead. This causes them to follow a trail of breadcrumbs that involves the spate of strippers and hookers being killed in the city.
Short and sweet, Maniac Cop 2 is a fun little film that's barely 80 minutes long and features some hilariously overblown set pieces, chiefly as the psychologist character is handcuffed to a car that is then pushed down a street, and also near the end as the Maniac Cop and another character take a spill while on fire, causing a strange, spontaneous explosion as they fall through the roof of a bus. It has an offbeat sense of humour and a very pronounced sense of fun.
Maniac Cop 2 is a surprisingly fun sequel that features some hilariously overblown action and an entertaining, steely performance from Robert Davi. It may be cheap as chips, but it knows what it is and entertains accordingly.
Maniac Cop 2 continues were one left off, the hand coming from the water and reaching for the pier let us know that Matt Cordell wasnt dead and he would return and he does. The ever great Bruce Campbell returns as Jack but no one believes him that it was Cordell doing the killing. Only this time Cordell has a friend a vicious serial killer who rapes women then kills them. Disappointing they decide to kill off Bruce Campbells character in about the first 20 minutes of the film, the problem about his film is we already know who the killer is, were as in the first we didnt know at first and had to figure it out. They try and solve this by adding a different killer, and we have to figure out which murders are done by who, is it the Maniac Cop Cordell or the new killer. Eventually the two meet upand decide to help each other out. The ending is clever, wthout giving it away it was well thought out, I have not seen the third in the series but all I can say is I dont know how they made it, yes I do the ending clearly leaves it open for yet another sequel. Not as good as the first, but it runs at a fast enough pace to keep horror fans happy.