The first Maniac Cop was a great horror/ thriller about a super cop that was wrongfully in prisoned and was killed by the men he put away but then came to life again as a crazy Maniac Cop killing for revenge. The sequel begins where the first finished with Matt being impaled in the van and falling in the water. It's now Chirstmas time and Matt's still alive.Jack Forrest has cleared his name and is on the force again with his girlfriend Teresa Mallory who helped him in the first, but they still need to see a police shrink has they still believe that Matt Cordell is still alive.After <more>
having a small argument about whether Matt is still roaming the streets Teresa walks off leaving Jack with the shrink. That night Jack goes off to buy a newspaper when Matt Cordell shows up and kills him.Det. Sean McKinney Shows Teresa Jack's body and knows who killed him, she has an encounter with Maniac Cop with a car chase, she then confronts him with a Chainsaw but he overpowers her and kills her.Matt then teams up with another killer and them the two start a plan to enter the prison and recruit an army of criminals to take over the streets but McKinney knows how to stop Matt and that is to prove his innocence for being arrested all those years ago.Proving that the Maniac Cop is innocent he goes and kills the inmates that killed him then throws himself and the killer out of the prison wall.Maniac Cop 2 is a great sequel to the first Maniac Cop and has more action to it. 10/10
Maniac cop 2 is probably the best of the three. (by ivo-cobra8)
I thought the Maniac Cop 3 was the best of the three but i'was wrong i watch all three movies but i' decide that sequel is beater then the first or the third movie.The story begging's when Matt Cordell returns with his killings and he bring his partner to take revenge on a cops and cell mates who killed him,lots off action,lots off stunts and better actors,then was in the first or third movie.I thought that in the third movie Matt brings his girlfriend Kate back to life and that they will kill together cops and the innocent people and that our hero Lt.Sean McKinney will stop <more>
them,but it was not like that,the story was boring and was too little action and the movie was too short.But the sequel is better than the first,he is the best movie of the Maniac Cop trilogy.
I watched this film the other day. Was surprised how much I enjoyed it.It is loaded with a lot of social statements and humor. Bill Lustig does a terrific job with directing from the cult writer Larry Cohen script. Robert Davi is Fantastic as hardboiled Dectecive Sean Mckinney---he makes me believe the unbelievable in a horror genre film. Watch his scenes with therapist --would'nt be surprised if Sopranos was'nt influenced by this character trait as these films have a cult following ,,,Bruce Campbell has a cameo and is cool as you will see some fun casting choices throughout. the <more>
action is very well done and first rate --only criticism is makeup on monster could have been much better although not bad by all means..fun film I highly recommend just to see Davi --also number 3 ,,where he reprises his role as McKinney ..
Yes this is a trashy flick, but a GREAT ONE! I give this flick an 8 out of 10. You can't judge this film the same way you do a Kubrick film. It has limited goals; to entertain, to make you laugh, to hold you in suspense & yo titilate and it succeeds on all accounts. The dialogue is well written & the cast plays it totally straight. It is 1000 times more entertaining than the usual Jerry Bruckheimer schlockbuster
The 2nd one is better then the 1st one. (by jacobjohntaylor1)
The first Maniac Cop is a very scary movie. This is scarier . This is scarier then A Nightmare on elm street. This is scarier then Friday the 13th part V a new beginning. This is one of scariest movies ever. It has a great story line. It also has great acting.
AN EXCELLENT SEQUEL!!! ROBERT DAVI IS GREAT (by lukem-52760)
A very good Action packed Horror Thriller & "Robert Davi" is a very cool tough detective character now on the hunt for The Maniac Cop, but in my opinion it's not as great as the Cult CLASSIC 1988 original & that's because of the great TOM ATKINS!!! lets face it that's a hard screen presence to compete against but "Davi" is definitely the perfect choice for a new lead detective character to hunt down the "Maniac Cop". I'm a big fan of Robert Davi & here he's his usual calm,Cool & serious self, he always bring a level of quality <more>
to his roles & comes accross as tough but also tender in a way, he's a great actor & is also great in part 3!!!MANIAC COP 2 is a very good dark Thriller & still has that gritty tone & seedy New York City atmosphere, plenty of gore & killings & shoot outs so yeah a very good sequel & very good movie, Robert z'darr is menacing again as the killer cop & there's some good action scenes & some gory bits, also the character of "Teresa Mallory" is back from the first film, played again by Laurene Langdon so that was cool as i really like her street tough attitude in the first film, there's alot of good stuff in this darker sequel!!!Gotta say They just shouldn't have killed off Detective "frank McRae" Tom Atkins as he was a fantastic character & could have returned for this sequel & would have made it better but I've been a fan of the excellent Robert Davi for as long as i can remember? As davi turns up in all sorts & has a great presence & such a cool voice,he's a rugged faced tough looking character actor who who appeared in so many movies when i was growing up just like other great B-movie stars like Tom Atkins, Robert Patrick,William Sadler,Robert Forster,Fred Williamson,Michael Ironside & Ron Perlman to name a few. So yes an excellent Thriller & a great rare lead role in Robert Davi.
Lovely sequel to a great 80's horror (by The_Void)
Robert Z'Dar returns as the super cop, turned maniac cop; Matt Cordell in this surprisingly good sequel to the surprisingly good 1988 horror-thriller, Maniac Cop. This time, however, he's not alone in his fight against the police force as he's found an accomplice; the local serial killer. This movie is probably the quintessential late-night video rental in the late 80's to early 90's - not only is it pure B-grade schlock rubbish, but it's a sequel to pure B-grade schlock rubbish; and you don't get much more B-movie than that! except maybe a second sequel, of <more>
course .The directing and writing/producing team of William Lustig and Larry Cohen return to helm this movie, and do a good job as they did in the first. The acting in this film isn't good, in fact, certain scenes are downright embarrassing; but you don't go into a sequel to an 80's schlock fest expecting great acting, so it's forgivable. The majority of the cast from the first film met grisly ends, but the two survivors; B-movie god, Bruce Campbell, and Laurene Landon reprise their roles. Unfortunately, however, their roles in the movie are little more than cameo appearances; Bruce Campbell in particular is not at his charismatic best. In The Evil Dead films, and a lot of his small cameos in bigger films, Bruce approaches his roles with great heart and gusto and you can really tell that he's enjoying himself; but here, I was getting the impression that he couldn't be bothered. I got this impression somewhat with Bruce's performance the first film too. Of course, his role in the Maniac Cop films is nothing like the Ash that we all know and love, but B-movie fans have come to expect a certain kind of performance from Bruce and that wasn't what he gave in the first movie. Naturally, his mere presence is enough to make a film a must see, though. Laurene Landon enjoys herself a bit more, and gets to use the greatest melee weapon in the history of movies; the chainsaw. The chainsaw is such a brilliant weapon, it almost takes on a life of it's own. Any movie that utilises the chainsaw commands your respect, even if it only gets a brief appearance as it does in this movie. The only other thing that returns from the first is the incredible tagline; 'You have the right to remain silent...forever', which is quite simply; one of the best taglines ever written.The rest of the cast is new to the series. Robert Davi, who is a very good actor, takes over Bruce Campbell as the new leading man. Davi portrays his character; a hard-bitten New York with a gruff voice and no messing persona brilliantly, and very much looks the part. Also new is Claudia Christian, who pretty much does what Laurene Landon did in the first film, and Leo Rossi enters the fold as Matt Cordell's newfound friend, who also happens to enjoy strangling strippers. Also; watch out for blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameos from Danny Trejo and Sam Raimi.Just like in the first film, a foreboding New York atmosphere is created, which lends the film a creepy and distinct atmosphere, particularly in the nighttime scenes. Also like the first film, the sequel features several instances of lovely black humour, portrayed best by Maniac Cop saving a man from a parking ticket, and then taking the traffic officer away...literally, on the back of his crane truck. The film also doesn't let up for a second; it stays entertaining for the duration and the action comes thick and fast, which ensures that the film stays entertaining. There is also a theme of justice, and it's pitfalls, which is heavily referred to at several points in the movie. Of course, this point is lost somewhat under the violent gun battles; but the fact that the movie is actually trying to convey a point is admirable from a film that you wouldn't expect any kind of meaning from.Overall, Maniac Cop 2 is a lovely piece of B-grade cinema. As a technical project, it's pretty worthless, but it's very entertaining and fans of this sort of film will find lots to like about it. As a fan of the original, this sequel satisfied me and therefore I recommend this to anyone that is also a fan of the original.
Should of been called Maniac vs Maniac Cop (by Markmainwaring)
If Joe Spinell was not dead I assume he would have been the evil serial killer in this film.Going down a sleazier road than the first film, My favourite slasher star of the 80s, Maniac Cop is back. And this time its the turn of Robert Licence to Kill Davi to take him on.In many ways this one is better made and more action packed than the original. It just lacks the charm. It is definitely less fun and more sleazy, as the Maniac Cop joins forces with a fellow serial killer. This maniac kills strippers.The brilliant shootout in the police station rivals The Terminator and the pace is <more>
fast.Again featuring a brilliant B-list cast including: Bruce Campbell, Robert Davi, Charles Napier and Babylon 5 star Claudia Christian.
After a replay of the last few minutes from the original the camera moves across a scrap yard full of wrecked police cars as the credits roll, eventually the camera stops on the front of a car and it's lights turn on, the engine starts and it speeds away. It's Christmas in New York, decorations are everywhere, a man holds up a all night convenience store. However the maniac cop Officer Matt Cordell Robert Z'Dar is not dead, and makes an appearance, he kills the store clerk leaving the robber to be shot by the real N.Y. police when they arrive for a crime he didn't commit. <more>
Jack Forrest Bruce Campbell and Teresa Mallory Laurene Landon , the two survivors from the original, are ordered to see a N.Y.P.D. psychologist, Susan Riley Claudia Christian by their boss, following the events of the original. Their story, that Matt Cordell is still alive seems unbelievable but Susan is kind of spooked by their claims. Before long more innocent New Yorkers are killed, it soon becomes clear Jack and Teresa may not be as crazy as Commissioner Edward Doyle Micheal Learner who tries to cover the killings up, had hoped. Susan teams up with Detective Sean McKinney Robert Davi who dresses in a long Columbo type coat and an Indiana Jones style fedora, and convinces him Cordell is responsible. Meanwhile Cordell has befriended the slimy unlikeable Times Square serial killer Steve Turkell Leo Rossi who prays on strippers. It's up to McKinney and Susan to overcome the corruption, lies and cover ups to unearth the truth as the undead Cordell continues to carries out a brutal revenge on those who made him what he is.Again directed by William Lustig this is a terrific and worthy sequel to the original. He directs some great action sequences here, an exciting car chase through New York with a taxi on it's steel rims, sparks flying everywhere, he also throws in a couple more chases, one involving Susan who is hand cuffed to the steering wheel of a runaway car from the outside, she hangs on to the side of the car for her life with other cars and walls whizzing past. And a final chase toward the end where Cordell and Turkell steals a police van and start to ram the pursuing police cars off the road, each sequence impressively handled by Lustig. The effects and stunt work are convincing, Cordell walking around at the end, his entire body engulfed in flames and a police station shoot-out/massacre that's very similar to a sequence in James Cameron's The Terminator, being another couple of standout scenes worth mentioning. There is lots of violence but not much blood and gore, but whats there is fine. There is a bit of nudity as well, as we visit some sleazy New York strip club. Written by Larry Cohen, like the original he delivers another great highly entertaining script. It's extremely well paced, it never gets boring and gives just enough screen time to the characters to develop without ever becoming dull. Mostly this time Cohen concentrates his script on Cordell's revenge and justice rather than just him mindlessly killing innocent victims. My only problem in this area is the ending which seemed rushed, and is similar to the original in that it leaves the door wide open for yet another sequel, which was made but comes nowhere near this and the original. And there's a silly scene in which Mallory tries to protect herself with a chainsaw, Cordell stops the saw by gabbing it while it's still running, I'm sorry but you can't stop a chainsaw by grabbing it, it would have sliced his hand in two, and I don't care how strong he is! Performances are good, although Bruce Campbell and Laurene Landon reprise their roles from the original it's no more than a cameo appearance. Talking of cameos Spider-Man director Sam Raimi is in there somewhere too. Robert Davi looking cool in his fedora is a likable hero. A fantastic sequel fans of the original will love, and horror/action fans in general should watch as soon as possible. I thought it was a fantastic film with much to enjoy. Highly recommended.