Maniac Cop 2
|Maniac Cop 2|
|Directed by||William Lustig|
|Produced by||Larry Cohen|
|Written by||Larry Cohen|
Clarence Williams III
|Music by||Jay Chattaway|
|Editing by||David Kern|
The Movie House Sales Company
|Distributed by||Metropolitan Filmexport|
|Running time||90 minutes|
Maniac Cop 2 is a 1990 American action horror film directed by William Lustig and written by Larry Cohen. It is the sequel to Maniac Cop (1988) and stars Robert Davi, Claudia Christian, Michael Lerner and Bruce Campbell.
Surviving being impaled by a pipe and plunging into a river at the end of the previous film, the undead Maniac Cop Officer Matthew Cordell acquires a junked police cruiser, and continues his killing spree through New York, attacking a convenience store in the middle of a robbery, and killing the clerk (the thief subsequently being killed in a shootout with police). As Cordell stalks the streets, his enemies Officers Jack Forrest and Theresa Mallory are put back on duty by Deputy Commissioner Edward Doyle, who has the two undergo a psychiatric evaluation under Officer Susan Riley; while Jack is content that Cordell is long gone and wants to go on with his life, Theresa is convinced that Cordell is still alive, and is still plotting his revenge on the city for ruining him.
While out at a newsstand, Jack is knifed through the neck by Cordell, leaving Theresa distraught, and prompting her to decide to appear on a talk show to inform the public about Cordell, the police having kept Cordell's supposed return covered up (Commissioner Doyle was involved in originally framing Cordell and sending him to Sing Sing). While en route to a hotel in a taxi, Theresa is joined by Susan, and the two are attacked by Cordell, who kills the cabbie, and forces Susan and Theresa off the road. After handcuffing Susan to the wheel of a car and sending her into the busy streets, Cordell kills Theresa by snapping her neck. Gaining control of the car, Susan crashes, and is found and given medical attention.
Elsewhere, a stripper named Cheryl is attacked in her apartment by Steven Turkell, who has strangled at least six other exotic dancers over the course of several months. As Turkell brutalizes Cheryl, Cordell arrives and disposes of a pair of officers earlier called by Cheryl before helping Turkell escape. Grateful for the help, Turkell befriends Cordell, and takes him back to his apartment, where Cordell stays for a short while. After Cordell leaves, Turkell goes out to find another victim, but is ID'd at a strip club by Cheryl, and arrested by Susan and Detective Lieutenant Sean McKinney. Placed in holding cell in the police station, Turkell taunts Susan, telling him Cordell will break him out. Turkell's assumption proves correct, as Cordell breaking into the police station and massacres the bulk of the police force in a hail of gunfire. Using Susan as a hostage Turkell, Cordell, and another criminal named Joseph Blum hijack a prison bus and head to Sing Sing, Turkell having convinced himself Cordell wants to free all the inmates and create an army of criminals. Following Cordell are McKinney and Doyle, the former convincing the latter to reopen Cordell's case and dig up and then rebury his casket with full honors, McKinney believing this will appease Cordell.
Getting into the prison using Blum's (who was set to be transported to the prison the following day) paperwork, Cordell and the others kill a guard for his keys. Shortly after entering death row, Cordell is contacted over the prison PA system by Doyle, who admits to Cordell that he was set up and states that his case has been reopened. After hearing Doyle's announcement, Cordell abandons Turkell, Blum, and Susan and heads deeper into the prison, where he is attacked with a Molotov cocktail by the three inmates who originally mutilated him. While burning, Cordell kills the three convicts, and begins assaulting the other prisoners, only to be attacked by Turkell, who realizes Cordell was never his friend and only used him. As Cordell and Turkell fight, the two crash through a wall and fall onto the bus below, seemingly dying when the vehicle explodes.
Sometime later, Cordell is buried with full honors alongside other fallen officers, two of the few attendees to his funeral being Susan and McKinney. As Cordell's casket is lowered McKinney throws Cordell's badge into the grave, and leaves with Susan, giving a monologue about how there is a little bit of Cordell in every officer, and that every member of the force needs to rise above becoming a Maniac Cop. Before the credits roll, Cordell's hand busts through the lid of his casket, and grabs his badge.
- Robert Davi as Detective Lieutenant Sean McKinney
- Claudia Christian as Officer Susan Riley
- Michael Lerner as Deputy Commissioner Edward Doyle
- Bruce Campbell as Officer Jack W. Forrest, Jr.
- Laurene Landon as Officer Theresa Mallory
- Robert Z'Dar as Officer Matthew Cordell
- Clarence Williams III as Joseph T. Blum
- Leo Rossi as Steven Turkell
- Lou Bonacki as Detective Lovejoy
- Paula Trickey as Cheryl
- Charles Napier as Lew Brady
- Santos Morales as Store Clerk
- Robert Earl Jones as Harry
- Andrew Hill Newman as Citizen
- Ángel Salazar as Traffic Officer
- Vincent Russo as Cab Driver
- Hank Garrett as Tom O'Henton
- Bo Dietl as Detective
- Charlie Alfano as Color Guard
- Kurek Ashley as Police Officer #1
- Nick Barbaro as Captain of the Guards
- John Barnes as Prison Guard
- Barry Brenner as Medical Examiner
- Joe Cirillo as Police Officer #2
- Marc Chamlin as Pedestrian
- Charles Croughwell as Trustee #2
- Shelly Desai as Convict
- James Dixon as Range Officer
- Jude Farese as Sergeant
- Henry Fehrer as Priest
- David M. Graves as Trustee #1
- Lisa Kramer as Ambulance Attendant
- Lennon as Club Host
- Frank Pesce as Strip Club M.C.
- Sam Raimi as Newscaster
- Debra Sarrategui as Bartender
- Linda Silver as Woman Cop
- Danny Trejo as Prisoner
Maniac Cop 2 is the first film in the series to suffer cuts by the MPAA with some of the violence trimmed to get an "R" rating, most notably the police station massacre, which appears in its entirety as a flashback sequence in Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence (which was also originally rated NC-17).
Maniac Cop 2 grossed $75,788 in the UK, $120,000 in Germany and HKD 653,859 in Hong Kong. The film received mixed reviews. It has a 50% "rotten" rating at Rotten Tomatoes, with one reviewer calling it a "A thrilling, inventive 'B' film."  Variety called Maniac Cop 2 "a thinking man's exploitation film, improving on the 1988 original."  TV Guide said the sequel "lacks the element of suspense present in the first film [...] Still, it delivers excellent action (including a spectacular sequence in which Susan, handcuffed to the steering wheel of a runaway car, must first climb inside, then bring the vehicle under control on a crowded highway), some spectacular fire effects and a number of quirky characterizations--a Cohen specialty." 
William Lustig considers Maniac Cop 2 to be his best film, saying "It was the film [where] I felt as though myself and my crew were really firing on all cylinders. And I think we made a terrific B-movie", and also thinks it's superior to the first Maniac Cop film.
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