Sunday, May 19, 2013

MANIAC COP 2 (1990) movie review

Maniac Cop 2 (1990) d. Lustig, William (USA)

The misadventures of wrongfully framed, murdered and supernaturally resurrected cop Matt Cordell (Robert Z’Dar) continue, taking out every NYPD boy in blue in his path as he seeks to bring those responsible to justice. From the first installment, Tom Atkins is completely absent and leads Bruce Campbell and Laurene Landon only appear for a limited time, leaving the lion’s workshare to Robert Davi’s grizzled emotionally distant detective and Claudia Christian’s police mental health counselor.

Lustig’s superbly choreographed action sequences – notably the prolonged automotive pursuit of Landon and Christian complete with bare wheel rims showering sparks onto the pavement – are the undisputed highlights, elevating MC2 above its predecessor on the schlocktastic entertainment scale.

As a loony toon serial killer on the prowl, character staple Leo Rossi (Halloween II) manages to outshine Z’Dar’s hulking misshapen beast for sheer loose cannon wattage, and their scenes together are easily the most engaging of any character interactions. Script by Larry Cohen.

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